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Teacher Grants Announced
Teacher Grants Announced

Each year, Minnetonka teachers submit grants for creative, educational ideas and programs they would like to implement for students. Minnetonka Foundation Teacher Grants enhance all academic subject areas, technology, fine arts, early childhood education, special education and community service at all Minnetonka public school sites. Since its inception in 1999, The Teacher Grant Program has awarded almost one million dollars in grants.

This year, the Minnetonka Foundation announced awards totaling $63,124 for the 2017-18 school year, including the following Excelsior and districtwide grants:

Chinese Folk Song and Dance
Lead Teacher/Staff: Hsin-Yi Liu

  • Summary: First grade students will deepen their knowledge of Chinese culture by learning traditional folk songs and dances. Student learning will be reflected in two performances during the school year, where students will present in the performances and be recognized by school administration and their parents. Awarded: $1,000

    Chinese Folk Song and Dance

Special Ed Tools
Lead Teacher/Staff: Liz Myer

  • Summary: This grant provides special education students with designated space for sensory breaks, calming activities, and personalized learning/work space with fewer distractions. The space will feature materials for students with anxiety/sensory needs, alternative seating options for students to regulate their bodies and a calming serene ambiance separated from distractions. Awarded: $1,548

    Special Education Tools

Broaden the Bookshelves
Lead Teacher/Staff: Tim Ketel

  • Summary: This grant will provide a well-stocked classroom library for all fifth grade classrooms. Books feature characters with a diversity of cultures, genders, religions, socioeconomic statuses, races, and abilities/disabilities. It also includes a range of graphic novels to better support reluctant and struggling readers. Awarded: $2,788

    Broaden the Bookshelves

Collaborative Math/Science Board Games
Schools: Excelsior and Scenic Heights. Lead Teacher/Staff: Ali Wachutka

  • Summary: Board games to support science & math content areas, critical thinking skills and collaboration skills. Navigator students in 2nd through 5th grades will benefit from increased student engagement and expanded learning opportunities. Games include Prime Climb, Xtronaut, Hit the Habitat Trail, Periodic Table card game and Primepak. Awarded: $1,000

    Collaborative math and Science Board Games

Chinese Folklore and Folkgame for Library Resource
Schools: Excelsior and Scenic Heights. Lead Teacher/Staff: Hsin-Yi Liu

  • Summary: Elementary students in both English and Chinese classes will explore, engage and experiment in real culture using traditional Chinese folklore and folkgame tools. The native folklore and folkgames, such as shuttlecock, yo-yos, bamboo clappers, go game sets, beyblades chess, jump ropes, and other traditional games integrate Chinese language and studies into the curriculum for students. Awarded: $2,720 from the Nick Duff Multi-Cultural Fund.

    Chinese Folk Games

Reflex Math – The Importance of Fact Fluency for Successful Mathematicians
Schools: Clear Springs, Deephaven, Excelsior and Scenic Heights. Lead Teacher/Staff: Kimberly Ewen

  • Summary: This grant provides Reflex Math to students who qualify for Title 1 or RtI support with the goal of developing math fact fluency-- automatic, effortless recall of basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Students can build fluency with Reflex Math on an iPad or computer anywhere there is an internet connection -- at school or at home. Students enjoy the learning process due to the highly motivational games. Awarded: $3,500

    Reflex Math

Design for Learning
Districtwide. Lead Teacher/Staff: Nicole Snedden

  • Summary: The Design for Learning district-wide innovation project empowers Minnetonka students, staff, and community to transform teaching and learning through the design of the learning environment. Now in the second year of fund allocation, Design for Learning promotes the exploration of physical spaces and how we utilize them for learning. Awarded: $ 10,000

    Design for Learning
Thank you to the Minnetonka Foundation for their ongoing support!
Chinese Folk Song and Dance grant awarded to Hsin-Yi Liu Broaden the Bookshelves grant awarded to Tim Ketel
Reflex Math grant presented to Kimberly Ewen Design for Learning grant presented to Nicole Snedden

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