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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 MHS and districtwide grants:

Drone On
Lead Teacher/Staff: David Surver

  • Summary: A refurbished DJI300 drone provides a real world application to help students see math in action. Students learn about rotational speed, trigonometry, the law of sine and cosines, and more in a unique and memorable way. The drone can also be used for news videos at the high school. Awarded: $623

    Drove On

Tonka Serves
Lead Teacher/Staff: Michelle Seets

  • Summary: Supporting a year-long leadership, service and motivational training program for student leaders from the 18 service-related clubs at MHS. The program will feature speakers, leadership development and student reflection, giving students the opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills. At the end of the year, students will be able to demonstrate a measurable impact resulting from their work commitment. Awarded: $1,500 from the Youth Citizenship Endowment Fund

    Tonka Serves

Yoga for All
Lead Teacher/Staff: Alison Terrell

  • Summary: Staffing for an inclusive and convenient weekly after-school yoga class for students and staff in the Black Box Theatre at MHS. Participants will learn yoga and breathing techniques, stretches and exercises to strengthen the body and help deal with the stresses of everyday life. Awarded: $2,185

    Yoga for All

Social Skills Through Improv
Lead Teacher/Staff: Kelly Kautz

  • Summary: New experiences and social situations can be a challenge for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This grant funds improvisational classes for students to increase their ability to navigate social situations and build skills such as listening, reciprocal conversation, accepting the ideas of others and building on them, taking the point of view of another, working as a team and placing the group goal above the individual goal in a safe and fun environment. Awarded: $3,200

    Social Skills Through Improv

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!
Social Skills Through Improv grant presented to Kelly Kautz Design for Learning grant presented to Nicole Snedden

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