Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Foundation grants to help with classroom projects

September 17, 2003


Nine Lawrence public school district educators with creative teaching ideas will be rewarded today with a slice of nearly $10,000 from Lawrence Schools Foundation.

"Innovation grants help us retain good teachers, support professional development and challenge educators to turn classrooms into real-life learning experiences," said Mike Maddox, the foundation board's president.

Presentation of grant awards will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Lawrence Visitors Center, 402 N. Second St.

The foundation received requests totaling $25,000 and selected eight proposals:

  • Keri Austin-Janousek and Karen Cochran, West Junior High School, $2,500 for English literature circles.
  • Alan Gleue, Lawrence High School, $2,453 for conceptual electricity.
  • Janet Reeder, Pinckney School, $2,208 for a research continuum.
  • Deena Shipley, Central Junior High School, $1,000 for forensic science.
  • Presentation of the awards coincides with kickoff of the Lawrence Schools Foundation's fall fund-raising campaign. For more information, contact the foundation at 832-5000.
  • Pam Barnett, LHS, $840 for Math Power.
  • Patrick Wedel, Prairie Park School, $500 for Write Time for Kids.
  • Jacque Shipstead, Sunflower School, $356 for math literature.
  • Carol Alvarez, Deerfield School, $105 for Secrets of the Soil.

Grant announcements follow a survey of teachers and educational staff who indicated additional funding support would be best used for innovative classroom instruction.

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