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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 Minnewashta and districtwide grants:

Virtual Field Trips
Lead Teacher/Staff: Heather Baker and Joy Curran

  • Summary: Virtual reality technology allows students to experience places in the world in virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space. Educational apps, Google Expeditions and virtual reality headsets give students a 3-D perspective as if they were really there experiencing the location interactively. Awarded: $1,750

    Virtual Field Trips

ScreenFlex Mobile Art Displays
Lead Teacher/Staff: Christin Congdon

  • Summary: Mobile art displays provide safe, accessible, large art-designated display space. Students learn proper art curation techniques, allowing students to select, preserve, and maintain a collection of artwork throughout the year. They will matte their own artwork, decide on how best to format the display grids, how best to hang their artwork, and be able to move the artwork around the school and share with the community. Awarded: $1,870

    ScreenFlex Mobile Art Displays

Books are Alive! Reading is Fun!
Lead Teacher/Staff: Sofia Cerritos

  • Summary: Fostering reading, growing science knowledge and increasing independent student reading time, the grant provides BooksARalive book sets in both English and Spanish classrooms with an interdisciplinary content that promotes reading and increases science vocabulary. Awarded: $2,170

    Books are Alive

Speaking and Listening Stations
Schools: Clear Springs, Groveland, Minnewashta, Scenic Heights and Minnetonka Middle School West. Lead Teacher/Staff: Deb Jensen

  • Summary: Assisting students receiving speech and language services, this grant provides speaking/listening stations with a good microphone and headphone for independent practice of newly acquired sounds. Students will be more engaged and will improve their self-analysis and self-correcting abilities, putting them on a faster track to meeting their goals and objectives. Awarded: $308

    Speaking and Listening Stations

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!

Virtual Field Trips grant presented to Heather Baker ScreenFlex Mobile Art Displays presented to Christin Congdon
Books are Alive! Reading is Fun! grant presented to Sofia Cerritos Design for Learning grant presented to Nicole Snedden

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