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Congratulations to the EFW 2013-2014 Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa has awarded 13 grants for implementation in the 2013-2014 school year totaling $40,770. Congratulations to the following educators on receiving an EFW grant:

Aim True

Teri Kandel & John Simon - Wauwatosa East High School: $3,376.00

Physical education curriculum in Wisconsin is shifting towards offering courses designed around lifetime adventure activities including rock climbing, indoor and outdoor high ropes courses, kayaking and snorkeling. The addition of archery to this program offers students instruction and exposure to a recreational sport that is gaining popularity. Archery is an activity for just about anyone as it does not require strength, speed, or a high level of athleticism. The practice of archery develops a student’s ability to concentrate and focus which are skills that can be translated into other areas of life such as study skills and test taking.

Swimming in a Sea of Science Stories

Linda Landis - Lincoln Elementary: $910.00

To enhance the new Sangari science curriculum in the district, Lincoln Elementary will use grant funding to purchase books for their kindergarten classrooms. Picture books with science themes will not only help with literacy goals, but will reinforce science concepts. Upon completion of reading a book to the classroom, teachers can tie-in the concepts by conducting meaningful experiments, discussions, observations, and activities.
 

Enhancing the Interpersonal Experience in the Elementary World Language Classroom

Kathryn Hartung & Hannah Wendlake - All Elementary Schools: $5,865.00

To enhance the Spanish curriculum for all elementary schools in the district, grant funding will be used to purchase DiscoveryPENS and coordinating recording labels. The DiscoveryPEN has a scanner at its ‘nib’ which detects the pattern on the recording label, thereby triggering a signal to play a pre-recorded MP3 file. These tools will aid in independent study, practicing conversation and fluency skills, clarifying sounds and pronunciation, and providing exposure to a variety of dialects. They also increase the quality of education by allowing teachers to differentiate instruction.

 

Guitar in the Elementary General Music Classroom

Susan Merriman - McKinley Elementary: $1,640.00

The guitar is a portable instrument that can be sized down for students to play successfully in an elementary setting. With this in mind, McKinley Elementary will use grant funding to purchase guitars giving students a hands-on opportunity to learn in a group situation. It will reinforce learning in three ways: sight, seeing the strings and music; sound, hearing the guitar and their voices; and touch, feeling their fingers move along and across the strings of the instrument. The guitars will fulfill an important component of elementary music education by exposing students to yet another instrument that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to play.

Connecting Nonfiction Reading, Analytical Thinking, and the Common  Core

Carolyn Curley & Ann Anderson - Lincoln Elementary: $1,000.00

To supplement the teaching of nonfiction features, teachers at Lincoln Elementary will use grant funding to purchase a broad collection of nonfiction/informational books at a variety of reading levels. This collection will help students become higher-level analytical thinkers. Using written assignments during small group meetings, teachers will be able to assess progress and guide further instruction.

 

Marketing a Virtual Business -  Restaurant

Jim Rumage - Wauwatosa East High School & Dan Prothero - Wauwatosa West High School: $2,990.00

In an effort to apply classroom concepts in a real world setting, Wauwatosa East and West high schools will use grant funding to purchase computer-based software simulation called Virtual Business-Restaurant. The breadth and depth of the game provides an eye-opening window into the world of restaurant ownership. The lessons stimulate higher order thinking as students learn about each phase of business including market research, location selection, financial statements, menu design, pricing, purchasing, layout, staffing, marketing, and turnaround. It is like a science experiment wrapped in a restaurant simulation.


Ready, Set, Bloggie!

Erin Gould - Wauwatosa East High School: $1,250.00

One requirement of the Economics class at Wauwatosa East is for students to complete an interpersonal activity. Using grant funding, bloggie video devices will be purchased so students can use them to create radio and television commercials, personal blogs, and presentations. Recordings can be uploaded directly to the computer and content can be reviewed immediately. This technology gives many more students access to complete these assignments in a timely manner.

A Garden in Every Classroom

Shannon Kobinsky & Kristee Yardley - Wauwatosa Montessori: $2,160.00

The proximity to, study of, and appreciation for the natural world is a key component of the Montessori educational philosophy. To complement the botany and biology lessons, Wauwatosa Montessori will use grant funding to purchase materials that will allow students to create, sustain, and explore a complete cycle of food energy in each classroom through the use of gardens. Students will collect food waste, compost it, start seeds, and care for aquaponics systems of goldfish and edible plants. A major objective of this program is for students to communicate what they learn effectively through discussion, demonstration, data recording (charts, graphs, tables), drawing, creating journals of observations, methods, and outcomes. The learning objectives of this project are extensive including fine motor skill development, sensorial observation, identifying parts of food chains, differentiating living and nonliving components, understanding the necessity of food and water for living organisms, running chemical tests, calculating averages, using a microscope, measuring with rulers, thermometers, and timers, identifying cell structures, and understanding photosynthesis. Lessons will be created to match learning targets for each grade K-8th. This project creates a functioning, productive system that will give children the opportunity to do real, creative work; it also operates as a relatively simple model of much larger, more complex ecosystems for conceptualization, study, and experimentation.

Rhyme Time: Supporting Phonological Awareness in Junior Kindergarten

Linda Forbord & Angie Kolanko - All Elementary Schools: $2,294.00

It has been identified that a critical subskill of phonological awareness and a foundational reading skill is rhyming. Elementary school junior kindergarten classes will use grant funding on materials that will support the teaching and learning of rhyming consistently across the district. Rhyming books, games, interactive nursery rhyme kits, and computer software will be used by teachers to model the skill of rhyming and be used by students in literacy centers to independently practice rhyming skills on a daily basis. This project improves the likelihood that students can achieve the objectives leading to proficiency through repeated practice and application of taught skills.
 

Nspire Navigator

Sara Cortichiato - Wauwatosa East High School: $13,255.00

In order to more effectively engage students and utilize instruction time, the Wauwatosa East MathDepartment will use grant funding to purchase two class sets of Nspire Navigator graphing calculator technology. The Nspire Navigator allows the teacher to give quick quizzes or formative assessments within each class. It sends questions to the students, which gives instructors immediate feedback to determine the class’ needs. The teacher can monitor quickly to see what needs to be re-taught and what needs to be expanded on. Research shows that students using this technology have demonstrated deeper understanding and greater abilities in drawing inferences. In addition it enhances student engagement, collaboration, and learning.
 

Science Rocks and Shocks: Geology, Meteorology and Electricty Investigation

Donna Koeble - Washington Elementary: $490.00

In order to differentiate in the classroom and offer opportunities for the struggling and accelerated learners, Washington Elementary will use grant funding to add materials to enhance the Sangari science curriculum for 4th graders. Instruments (barometer, weather station, wind vane, and Galileo Thermometer) will be used during whole and small group instruction to connect real life experiences with simulations and applications. Physical specimens (rock and fossil samples) will be used in whole group instruction so that more students can have hands-on discovery experiences. Games (Quizmo and bingo) will be used to reinforce content in science centers or small group/individual instruction. This plan directly correlates with the district’s goal of adding rigor. To put it in geological terms: the students will be like the Grand Canyon, they will learn with depth and complexity of a science area (canyon) rather than learning a breadth of science concepts (Colorado River).

Terrific Ten-Frames: Using Ten-Frames to Build Number Sense with Senior Kindergartners

Michele Mushall - Eisenhower Elementary: $905.00

As a way to explore and build number sense for senior kindergartners, Eisenhower Elementary will use grant funding to introduce Ten-Frame materials to enhance the math curriculum. Ten-Frames are highly visual and a developmentally appropriate way to teach number sense because children and adults have an inherent ability to subitize, to instantaneously recognize the number of objects in a small group. On a Ten-Frame, numbers are represented by filling in, from left to right, the top row and then the bottom row. Each number is then seen simultaneously in relationship to five and ten. Ten-Frames will help students to manipulate numbers, decompose numbers, and solve problems. Teachers will be better equipped to help students understand numbers 0-10 by providing a more hands-on meaningful activity. 

Wellness on Wheels

Meri White & Debra Sellers - All Elementary Schools: $4,635.00

To enhance the quality physical education program for elementary students, grant funding will be used to purchase in-line skating equipment to be shared by each school in three week rotations. In-line skating provides opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to incorporate physical activity into daily routines and leisure activities in order to establish healthy lifestyles. In addition, in-line skating improves cardiovascular endurance, muscle tone, balance, and agility. Teaching the skills of in-line skating indirectly impacts students’ overall academic performance. According to a study by the American College of Sports Medicine, children who participate in vigorous physical activity perform better in school. The examination of activity and physical education compared to academic achievement shows the most active students have better grades. The students who performed better academically in this study were those who participated in a sport or other vigorous activity at least three times a week.

EFW Grant History

Enriching the learning experience of students in the Wauwatosa School District is what the EFW has been doing since our first grants in 1992.

EFW grants help students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Over the years grants have been awarded in reading, writing, science, vocabulary, math, psychology, physics, geography, enironment, technology, critical thinking, creative problem solving, physical education, life skills, journalism, art, team-building, world language, music, engineering, and career counseling.

A more detailed description of each grant can be found by clicking on "Grant Details & Photo Galleries" below. 

2013 - 2014
13 Grants Awarded - $40,770
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2012 - 2013
16 Grants Awarded - $36,187
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2011 - 2012
10 Grants Awarded - $31,004
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2010 - 2011
16 Grants Awarded - $33,000
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