2011 Initiative Grants
The following Initiative Grants were funded by Winnetka Public Schools Foundation!
Guided Reading For 2nd Grade
As part of a Guided Reading grant, units of study were created using the 5 genres of 2nd grade literature: biography, fairytale, folktale, mystery, and nonfiction/informational, as well as 3 levels: low, medium and high. A series of comprehension questions were also written for each trade book. Discussion questions were also written to improve student’s literal and inferential comprehension as well as their vocabulary. All materials will be shared across the district at the 2nd grade level and were funded by the Foundation.
New Technology for Special Education Services
iPads were purchased using Foundation funds to support students with special needs for optimal learning experiences. The iPad is a multi-sensory learning tool and isused to augment the learning process and address the complex needs of individual students requiring expanded teaching support.
Project Read Units
A first grade teacher, with the help of a Foundation grant, created and compile components for each first grade Project Read lesson as outlined in the district Phonics and Word Study Scope and Sequence. Finished units were shared across the district.
Everyday MATH Online Games
Everyday Math Online Games has been funded for a second and final year by the Foundation so that students can continue to apply math skills that were learned in the classroom through games they can play from home.
Looking Beneath the Surface
Building on the Froebel Gifts grant, students discovered that the geometric form of the cube is more intricately divided than they had previously thought. The divisions reflect the complex mathematical and scientific framework embedded in the Froebel Gift. A conceptual framework of thinking emerges out of this Gift play and children begin to make correlations not only in nature, but also in society. Foundation funds were used to purchase microscopes that will allow students' questions to develop into exploration in nature.
Foundation funds were used to create a lunchtime program that provides an assortment of activities for children to choose from during the winter months. During these months, the number of students staying in for lunch increases due to the colder weather. The types of activities, or clubs, include various levels of book clubs, a board games club, a Lego club, a mystery club, and a craft club.
A user-friendly RtI binder was created to serve as an organizational tool as well as a reference guide for implementing and recording tiered interventions. Binders already in use at Greeley and Crow Island were used as a guideline to come up with a uniform resource for all buildings. This binder and it's creation were funded by the Foundation.
Crow Island, Greeley, Hubbard Woods
Kid Wind Project 2011: More Wind Please!
This weekly lunchtime activity-based program is led by a steering committee of students, which plans, develops and evaluates the activities and events offered. Usually the activities are small service projects, special holiday themed activities, and construction of science projects related to the 5th or 6th grade curriculum. Students develop relationships as well as collaborative and leadership skills. Foundation funds are used to purchase materials for their activities.
The Fun Café
This weekly lunchtime activity-based program is led by a steering committee of students, which plans, develops and evaluates the activities and events offered. Usually the activities are small service projects, special holiday themed activities, and construction of science projects related to the 5th or 6th grade curriculum. Students develop friendship as well as collaborative and leadership skills. Funds will be used to purchase materials for the activities.
Lights! Action! Camera!
Foundation funds were used to purchase video cameras, still cameras, green screens and updated software to provide Skokie students the opportunity to be technology producers rather than technology consumers. Many students are ready to move beyond iMovie and utilize more advanced software to create polished products for sharing with an audience.
Update Theatrical Lighting Instruments
A Foundation grant was awarded to fund improved lighting effects for the Little Theatre that will enhance student experiences as well as provide improved lighting for all community events.