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2017 Grants Awarded

Future Ready Learning: 1st Grade, Elizabeth Ide

The 1st grade team has dedicated time to writing curriculum that includes science, social studies and SEL components based upon the Next Generation Science Standards. Feeding off the success of the STEAM event from 2016, it has been determined there is a need to further the students learning in STEM related areas. The 1st grade team will receive 25 Ozobot starter kits for the STEAM coding unit.  And, each classroom (6 total) will receive 5 Hokki stools to enhance learning and SEL needs.


Flexible Seating for 3rd Grade: 3rd Grade, Prairieview

We already know that students need opportunities to get their "wiggles" out within their school day and need to regulate their body to learn best. The wiggle stool has proven to be the best way for students to get movement while not being distracting to the learning of themselves or others. Each 3rd grade classroom (6 total) will be receiving 5 wiggle stools to increase motivation and attentiveness of the students in order to learn.


Student Digital Portfolios in Art: 3rd – 5th Grade, Prairieview

The Art room will receive 2 iPads and cases to allow for more students to take part in the Artsonia program where they are able to create digital portfolios of their artwork to share with friends and family.

4th Grade Wheels, Levers & Pulleys: 4th Grade, Prairieview

The 4th grade team has determined a need to recommence the field trip to The Wheels, Levers & Pulleys (Simple Machines) Learning Lab from DuPage Children's Museum in order to offer the students an opportunity to participate in a hands-on, interactive learning experience. The students discover how simple machines make work easier, faster, or both. This program supplements the 4th grade Science curriculum and addresses the new Next Generation Science Standards.


It Starts with Hello: 6th – 8th Grade, Lakeview

Middle school can be a scary and difficult time in kids' lives. This program is designed to equip Lakeview students with the skills they’ll need to recognize the signs of social isolation or depression among their peers and do something about it. The intended goal of this program is to prevent social isolation and to build a school community where everyone feels valued and a part of. We want to empower students to have the awareness and skills necessary to recognize social isolation and intervene when they can.


LTM Heroin Awareness: 7th Grade, Lakeview 

Heroin use is on the rise in DuPage county and is an incredibly addictive drug. According to the LTM Foundation, the summer between 8th grade and freshman year is a common time that students try heroin for the first time. By adding this program to the drug education already in place, students and parents will be exposed to firsthand accounts from people whose lives have been impacted by heroin use.


2016 Grants Awarded

Making STEAM with the First Grade:  Becky Hull, Elizabeth Ide

Hands on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math concepts will be explored by setting up 5 different experiments in each of the 5 first grade classrooms. Students will have lanyards around their necks keeping track of which experiments they have completed, and will rotate through the classrooms.

Alternative Seating for Improved Learning:  Janet Oliver, Elizabeth Ide 

Studies show that motion helps a large range of learners.  Three types of alternative seating options will total 14 in each second-grade classroom, exploring the effect that motion has on all levels of learners, helping a large variety of children to learn more, faster.

Lexia for Third Grade:  Melissa Mandru, Prairieview

One of the stations in daily reading block is word work. The team has tried many different variations for this station, none of which are meeting the needs of all students while also being engaging. The Core5 Lexia program will meet these needs.  It is a computer based program that will level students to fit their learning.

Robert Crown and Fifth Graders: Tracy Spakausky, Prairieview

The fifth-grade team has observed the need to recommence trips to the Robert Crown Center for Health.  Student education in the area of puberty and changes in the body of a 10/11-year-old is an important topic and the teachers feel that boys and girls should be taught in a safe environment with educated experienced instructors that can handle the lecture and questions in a knowledgeable and mature way.

2015 Grants Awarded

CDC Science Ambassador Program: Kari Gemmel, Lakeview

During the week long workshop in July, Kari worked alongside fellow educators from various parts of the nation, epidemiologists and public health officials at the CDC Headquarters in Atlanta to gain knowledge and create unit plans that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. She will use this knowledge to expose students to public health, increase their science literacy, and ignite interest in the field of epidemiology and public health.

Perfecting the Circle: Parents Promoting Cooperative Learning Through Literature:
Gina Nessling, Elizabeth Ide

“Literature circles are an effective literacy strategy that combines the principles of cooperative learning, independent reading, and group discussion.” Parents will be brought in and trained through the fall to facilitate these group discussions throughout the rest of the year. The result is engaging families in ways that improve learning and support parent involvement at home and school.

iFly Education Program: Liz Schwenkel, Lakeview

A hands-on application into the study of physics of gravity and motion. Throughout the course of the year, eighth Grade students will explore gravity and motion, the velocity of falling objects, acceleration due to gravity, how mass effects the inertia of falling objects, terminal velocity and air resistance. They will then take part in the iFly program, which includes pre and post activity discussions, demonstrations, experiments, and flight. These concepts will also be applied later in the year in STEM class.

National History Day at Lakeview: Jake Little, Lakeview

Every seventh grader experiences historical thinking, research and analysis at a level beyond anything done in the traditional classroom for History Fair. This program creates ‘student historians’. Students will visit libraries and museums downtown, and do research they cannot do on-line or during field trips. Further, there will be two weekend research days and three evenings where local historians and research librarians will be brought in.


2014 Grants Awarded

Listen to Learn

A partnership between District 66, the PTO and TEAM 66 to maximize the effectiveness of technology in our classrooms.

-District 66 has set a goal of 1:1 technology

-The PTO purchased Chromebooks for the entire Seventh Grade

-TEAM 66 purchased headsets for each Chromebook to create a more independent and personal learning experience

Keeping Students Engaged

“Identifies potential district-wide STEM practices and plans for implementation across disciplines…”

-TEAM 66 purchased 4 iPads, cases, screen protectors, headsets and applications for a Fifth Grade classroom

-Focus will be enhancing the ELA block with the addition of targeted technology

Literacy Nights at Ide

An investment in the theory that the benefits of parental involvement in the learning process are overwhelming. Literacy Nights are three separate nights for the parents of students at Elizabeth Ide to come to workshops hosted by the teachers. The first workshop focuses on the introduction of The Daily Five, and techniques for parents to reinforce it at home for any and all learning levels. The literature used in the first night will come from the future guest author, Aaron Reynolds. The second night will be after conferences, and the format will be breakout sessions, with teachers using conference time to identify for parents which breakout sessions will be most beneficial for their particular students. The third night guest author Aaron Reynolds will visit Elizabeth Ide.

-TEAM 66 purchased four complete sets of books by Aaron Reynolds, one for each grade level and one for the library.

-TEAM 66 sponsored the cost of the author’s visit.


Information & Application for District #66 Staff

TEAM 66 Grant Presentation

TEAM 66 Grant Application Guidelines 

TEAM 66 Grant Application Rubric

TEAM 66 Grant Application (online form) 

TEAM 66 Grant Outcomes and Measures Template

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