The Arch Coal Foundation has awarded $10,000 in grants to 25 Delta County teachers or teaching teams to support classroom initiatives that improve student performance. The announcement was made by Jim Miller, general manager of Mountain Coal Company's West Elk mine.
"We count on teachers to challenge, educate and mentor our children," said Miller. "We are especially pleased to recognize the teachers who participate in our grants program to improve student learning in Delta County."
Applicants were asked to provide their ideas in writing to a panel of judges composed of Mountain Coal personnel, educators and community members. Each teacher or team could apply for one grant of up to $500. Grant recipients are required to develop and execute their programs in the current school year, and provide feedback to the foundation so successful ideas may be repeated in the future.
Kreszenze Allen, PHS. Interactive technology will allow students to improve grammar and punctuation skills in a new way.
Blake Carlquist, HHS. World history iBook textbooks will increase student engagement through interactive videos, quizzes, slide shows and maps.
Craig Cerise, DHS. Wireless technology will enhance math instruction and increase student interaction.
Dan Dunham, DMS. The teacher plans to encourage and recognize student success by "broadcasting" news clips developed by both students and faculty on a mounted television monitor in the school's commons area.
Michelle Gillis, CHS. Gillis' journalism students will use emerging technology to film and edit live interviews to enhance their website.
Brandy Girard, DMS. Apple technology will allow students to interact with her in "real-time" and enhance writing skills.
Irene Golden, DHS. The teacher will use take-home iPod Touches to assist ELL students and their families to improve their English abilities.
Ben Graves, PHS. Integrated curriculum will allow students to design, build and market a skateboard.
Beth Jansen, HHS. The teacher will use multi-genre books and student-created fictional writing based upon their own life experiences to enhance literary skills.
Nicole Melby, CES. Specialized materials for English Language Learners (ELL) will improve reading skills.
Lindsay Prendergast, PJSHS. The counselor plans to promote the elements of good character — respect, honesty, diligence, integrity, responsibility and trustworthiness — in the school's seventh and eighth grade classes.
Amy Quezada, DHS. The teacher plans to increase reading abilities with ELL students by providing a broad range of texts on eReaders in either English or their native languages.
Sue Reisman, LES. The teacher will use technology to help special needs students improve reading skills.
Kelly Rienks, CES. The teacher wants to expand upon a grant from last year and increase the number of iPods available to her students.
Jamie Roeber, HHS. The teacher plans to tie techniques of leather-working to the culture of the people who used the craft, involving students both in the craft and in historical research.
David Schelle and Sarah Marshall, HHS. The teachers will encourage independent reading by students by forming the "Bulldog Book Club."
Max Schuman and Gingy Molaceck, PJSHS. The teachers will determine if graphic novels are effective reading tools for both slow and higher-level readers.
Jodi Simpson, PES. The teacher's first grade students will use science kits to experiment, explore and connect to math and science.
Isaac Snell, HHS. The teacher will construct chain weights to improve the school's weight equipment.
Brandy Sparks, DOS. Because there is no school library, the teacher plans to provide eReaders in the classroom so at-risk students can download free books from the public library.
Janine Suppes, CHS. The teacher plans to use an iPad program to help students with disabilities increase reading abilities.
Becky Thatcher, HHS. The teacher plans to develop a multi-year career readiness project for special education students.
Jessica Varner, DMS. The teacher wants to "flip" the normal course of instruction in her classroom to determine if it increases student learning.
Wayne Wolf, Vision Charter Academy Launch Program. The teacher's students will increase their enthusiasm and understanding for math by designing and building a trebuchet for the Olathe Punkin' Chunkin' Contest.
Jason Yantzer, HHS. The teacher will use GPS units to teach his geography students 21st century navigation skills.
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