The 2013 Teacher Art Grant Winners have been announced and are listed below. These Grants are awarded for the 2014-2015 school year.
PS37R School, Staten Island, NY - $997.29 Teacher – Rebecca Kaufman. Project: Collage Art – Learning Vocabulary Words through Art to Apply to Other Academics. This project will allow autistic students, many of whom are non verbal, to learn art vocabulary words they can also apply to other areas of academics. The students find art motivating and any opportunity to increase language skill while having fun with art is a plus.
Westfall Middle School, Williamsport, OH - $810.00 Teacher- Sharon Link. Project: Card Making for Multi-Disabilities. Using various art supplies the multi-disabilities classes make cards and send to local hospitals, nursing homes, and other students and their families needing encouragement or get well wishes. The students will be studying patterns in math, making collages in art, designing animals and objects with various shapes, which incorporate math, science, social studies and art.
Bloom Elementary, Louisville, KY - $673.60 Teachers – Patricia Rundell & Sarah Scheer. Project: Artists & Writers Workshops. Through this art and writing program, teachers will implement an artists/writers workshop on a daily basis; creating artwork to act as a springboard for writing pieces. Students will create a portfolio of art and writing. The program is aimed to encourage reluctant writers and students with learning differences to create powerful and well-developed writing pieces. The results will be shared with authentic audiences and displayed in the school building.
Duryea Elementary, Kathy, TX - $663.50 Teacher – Shevaun Sirmans. Project: Using Zentangle to Improve Academically. Zentangle is a fundamental technique that can be applied to most aspects of an Art program. Using Zentangle for the creative process allows the students to “think”, “observe”, “plan”, “produce”, “revise”, and “present”. Zentangle Art and use of doodling engages multiple learning modes which impacts how we process information and solve problems. Doodling includes visual, audio, reading & writing, and kinesthetic or emotional connections which result in creative problem solving.
Harper-Archer Middle School, Atlanta, GA - $269.00 Teacher – Sheena Varghese. Project: The purpose of the Peer Advocate Program is to make a lasting emblem of the inclusive spirit that the Peer Advocate Programs fosters at the school, encouraging relations between students who are served with the self-contained setting and their peers served in he general education setting by creating a mural to serve as a reminder to all students and faculty of the value that lies in including all students.
One-time only special grant for an Iowa school from the Central Iowa Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society:
Indianola Middle School, Indianola, IA - $530.00 Teacher – Paul Rogalla. Project: Life Science Curriculum – Drawing Connections. The use of drawings in life science helps special education students better understand the subjects. The physical drawings they make in class help the students gain understanding of difficult concepts in science by drawing atoms, cell functions, steps of mitosis, and botany subjects.