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Teachers: Apply Now for Grants Up to $500 that Support Innovative Teaching

Design 22 AUGUST 24, 2019 – At Mount Tabor High, art teacher Alice Morley used an Innovative Teaching Grant to help students create “Fashion Shoes.”

Morley used the grant to buy sneakers for students to paint. Students then researched different contemporary artists and chose one to emulate when painting the sneakers.  Students even created a video showcasing all of their creations. 

At Reynolds High School, teacher Kimberly Briggs used her grant to help students more fully understand the variety of traits an organism can receive based on diverse inheritance patterns.

She called her project the Mr. Potato Head Genetics and Evolution Project.

At Jefferson Middle School, teacher Heather Rivers used her grant to create and install acoustic panels that made the Reading/Math Study Skills Classroom a more comfortable place to work by reducing sounds coming into the classroom from the cafeteria.

Rivers and her husband made and installed fabric-covered panels for the walls of this small room for individual/group skills support. The panels significantly reduced the sound filtering through from the cafeteria, allowing students and teachers to focus and work more productively.

At Jefferson Middle, teacher Mike McDowell used a grant to create a small food pantry with a door with access to the outside.  Families can come in during a two-hour window of time on Saturday mornings to get canned goods, dry goods, and even meat. The small, well-organized room has coolers and a meat freezer. They partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank and met all Health Department inspections. 

At Speas Elementary, teacher Michelle Filisola Avendano used a grant to provide additional alternative seating in her Spanish immersion class – two tables for student group work and one “horseshoe” table where she can work with small groups of children.

Pantry 33 Those are just a few of the grants that enabled teachers to help students in ways that might not otherwise have been possible. The grants are sponsored by Woody Clinard and administered through the Forsyth Education Partnership. For the 2018-19 school year, the partnership awarded 21 grants worth a total of about $20,000.

This is the seventh year for the grants, which go from $50 up to $500.

During the past five years, grants have provided more than $90,000 to teachers.

The partnership is now inviting teachers throughout Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to submit proposals for grants that will enable them to enrich the lives of their students. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 1, and the recipients for the 2019-20 school year will be announced Oct. 31.

The grants grew out of discussions that people with the Forsyth Education Partnership had with Clinard about doing something to affirm teachers and to stimulate innovation. Clinard has said that, aside from parents, teachers can be the most important people in children’s lives and the grants are one way to recognize teachers for what they do.

To learn more about the partnership and to apply for an Innovative Teaching Grant, go to Forsyth Education Partnership.