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Past Recipients and Semi-Finalists

We want to thank everyone who submitted applications for the grant. Your dedication to your students and community is truly inspiring.

 

 

2016

Grant Recipient:

St. George's Independent School Collierville, TN

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

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Robotics acts as a perfect conduit to teach students computational thinking while also teaching them the necessary skills in coding, science, and engineering. 

 

St. George’s Independent School currently has a coding curriculum that begins teaching coding to junior kindergarten (four year olds) with simple Dash and Dot robots, programmed on iPads. These skills are enhanced and expanded throughout middle and upper school to include a focus not only on programming, but designing and building robots as well. Middle school has a new class this year, Inquiry, Innovation, and Invention (I3). This is a two year class beginning in seventh grade that is based on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). This year juniors and seniors were offered an Engineering Design and Robotics class, and all upper schoolers are invited to participate in the robotics club. In class, or as extracurricular activities, the programming and engineering design of robotics trains and expands creative problem solving, critical assessment, and computational thinking in an applied skill set. Students matriculate from grade to grade adding computational skills to a well-documented defined scope and sequence.

 

Academic departments are encouraged to work together and maximize interdisciplinary opportunities so students can see subjects in different lights. The lower school learning specialist used robots for students in a book club to illustrate how the mouse in The Mouse and The Motorcycle zoomed from place to place. There was only one robot but each student group had a set of code to write that made the robot drive past the cat or rev his engine. It was an innovative way to help students learn code, and become more engaged with reading in a disciplined of literature where kids are not expecting gadgets and technology. 

 
Semi-Finalist:

(In no particular order)

 

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Atlanta, GA

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School wants to disrupt the traditional teaching model by taking students outside of the classroom and exposing them to more complex, real-world problems. The expeditionary learning program will teach traditional school subjects in unconventional, yet more relevant, ways thereby increasing student engagement and achievement.

 

Mount Vernon Presbyterian will use Grant funds to cover the operational costs of an expeditionary learning program including gas, public transportation fees, and journaling supplies for student observations. They will also use funding to buy four small, Bluetooth printers so that students can print pictures for their observation journals while in the field.

 
Semi-Finalist:

(In no particular order)

 

The Latin School of Chicago Chicago, IL

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

The Latin School of Chicago has made tremendous strides in its mission to a be ... "a community that embraces diversity of people, cultures and ideas." In pursuit of this mission, the school's students and faculty began a formal partnership with the Chicago community of Uptown in the summer of 2012. This Uptown Partnership quickly developed into a curricular cooperative and a model for true community engagement in which student's immersed themselves in hands-on service and witnessed first-hand the impact of their service.

 

The school will use Grant funds to continue this partnership by purchasing laptops for the Uptown community. The laptops would be used for after-school classes in coding, Java Script, music making, and website design as well as ACT/SAT tutoring. For now, these programs will take place at Uptown schools and community facilities but it is Latin's intent to eventually secure a building in Uptown specifically for cross-community programming efforts. Funds would also support fee waivers as part of an innovative admissions outreach program in the community.

 
Semi-Finalist:

(In no particular order)

 

Louise S. McGehee School New Orleans, LA

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

As an all-girl school, Louise S. McGehee knows they are charged with the unique task of combating the message society has given women for hundreds of years—your first priority is the care and keeping of others and your dreams must always come second. Louise S. McGehee wants their students to experience the joy of creating and achieving a dream. Because dreams should always come first.

 

The school will use Grant funds to purchase LINX explorer kits with which students will design and build environmentally friendly tiny homes. Students will learn about math and angles as they build perfectly pitched roofs and meticulously measure each piece of wood. This cross-curricular project, will promote confidence as students watch a dream to life.

 
Semi-Finalist:

(In no particular order)

 

Harding Academy Nashville, TN

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

Harding Academy’s mission is “to educate and inspire children to become thoughtful, creative, lifelong learners who are self-disciplined, responsible, caring citizens”. To that end, the school created its Innovation Lab (iLab), a maker-space available to all grade levels in which students can prototype and share ideas in an atmosphere that celebrates experimentation.

 

Harding Academy will use Grant funds to purchase a modular synthesizer for their iLab. They will develop a program around the synthesizer as an innovative way to complement their language arts program. Because sound is emotive, humans instinctively relate sounds to feelings. A heartbeat, a siren, the rain falling on leaves—all conjure emotions and can be used to teach comprehension. The synthesis of sound can also give struggling readers a “voice” that they can manipulate to represent understandings of texts. 

 
Semi-Finalist:

(In no particular order)

 

TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas San Antonio, TX

 

 

How are they using their Grant?

 

Over the last several years, TMI - Episcopal School of Texas has created a beautiful Outdoor Education area. The area has nature trails, a small creek, fruit and vegetable gardens, a pasture with native grasses, a flock of chickens, and even bat houses to attract natural pest-control helpers. Despite this bucolic setting, growth in the garden is stunted due to acidic soil that is high in nitrates, probably because of run-off from other school facilities and properties that utilize fertilizers and pesticides.

 

The school will use Grant funds to purchase equipment that students will use to measure the extent of the soil pollution in their Outdoor Education area. These measurements will inform a plan of action to restore balance to the soil as well as allow students to experience the effects of pollution first-hand. With this program, TMI hopes to inspire students to become lifelong conservationists.

 

 grant Overview

A $5000 Annual Grant

 

ERB is dedicated to student learning, and supporting our members in furthering educational opportunities for their students and school community. The ERB Partnership in Learning Grant demonstrates our commitment to that ongoing partnership. The Partnership in Learning Grant recipient is annnounced annually at the ERB Annual User Conference.

 

Who? Any active ERB member may apply.

 

What? The 2017 ERB Partnership in Learning Grant is a $5,000 grant. 

 

When? We begin accepting applications on January 1, 2017. The application deadline is June 30, 2017. The grant recipient is announced at the ERB Annual User Conference in October.

 

Why? To collaborate and partner together in support of student learning and to advance educational opportunities.

 

How? Review the application guidelines below then complete your application form. Once your application is complete, submit it to partnership@erblearn.org.

 

 

Application Guidelines   Application Form 

 

 

 What can the Grant fund?

Special programs or initiatives that       support student learning

Hardware or software to support

student learning

Learning tools and techniques

Capital investments

Scholarships and fee waivers

Other special programs or projects