We awarded the following grants to Hopkins Schools during the 2009 – 2010 school year:
Active Learning for the Classroom
Using stability balls, this pilot program helps teachers evaluate how to focus students’ attention and learning in new ways along with integrating opportunities for physical activity beyond the gym class.
Auditorium Wireless Sound System
New and re-positioned sound equipment now allows the wireless sound system to be properly balanced during performances. Additionally, more antennas and microphones allow large group performances to take full advantage of the auditorium as a performance space.
Classroom iPad Pilot Project
With 30 new iPads and training for teachers, Meadowbrook is testing a new computing model. The iPads provide opportunities to select and download educational “apps” and eBooks.
District Pre-School Pilot Project
Early intervention has been proven to help children overcome achievement gaps that are evident in young learners. HEF funded a portion of the start up costs for a pilot project that helps these preschoolers get “ready to learn” at Alice Smith.
Environmental Curriculum and Solar Panels
Students will learn about the uses and applications of solar (PV) panels by taking an active approach to learning. Allowing students to interact with on-site solar panels combined with environmental education, will give them a better understanding of how multi-disciplinary issues interact with each other, thus leading to improved decision-making skills.
Home Connection Literacy Bags
The Literacy Bags program for first graders offers great opportunities for students and their families to work together with activity packs. The activities also promote higher order thinking skills and have a writing component.
Kindergarten English-Language Learner Literacy Pack
Using Leapfrog Fridge Phonics magnetic sets, DVD’s, card games and writing practice workbooks, pre-kindergarten English language learners build their basic literacy skills at home with their families in order to better prepare them for kindergarten reading instruction.
Men’s Choir Curriculum Repertoire
Music specially written for high school voices helps teach concepts of harmonic structure, intonation, tone quality and more.A diverse, quality library is needed to address the range of teenage male voices. HEF’s grant helps complete the core of the men’s chorus library.
This action research project will evaluate the impact on learning with stand up desks, stability balls and traditional seating. Teachers will monitor student engagement, focus and behavior with each type of classroom environment. A student survey is part of this research project.
One-to-One Mobile Learning with Apple iPods
Learning extends beyond the social studies classroom with Apple iPod Touches. This one-to-one mobile learning dramatically increases creativity, comprehension and collaboration within the classroom setting.
To promote reading and develop confidence in reading skills during the summer months, 1st and 2nd grade students are given books matched to their reading level.
Real World Scientists and Teaching Science with Technology
Preparing our students for college and future careers was at the root of our special appeal this year at the Royal Bash. Our guests enthusiastically supported the appeal and made it possible for Hopkins Education Foundation to fund hand-held and desktop computers for the junior high science labs. Combining the special appeal with a spring grant brought the technology into the high school labs as well. With these computers, our students are able to analyze data, research online and understand which sources are credible, interpret the information, connect with scientists around the world and then develop multi-media presentations, just like our “real world scientists.”
Stand Up for Learning
Stand-Up desks allow students an ergonomically sound way to stand up, sit down, stretch, fidget and even move about – all while staying alert and focused on classroom instruction.
TeacherMate Handheld Computer System
The TeacherMate program is an integrated learning system specifically designed to meet the needs of K-2 students. Programmed to adapt to Hopkins core math and reading curriculum, this system effectively delivers differentiated instruction for all levels of learners with intriguing learning activities.
Triumphs in Reading
This series of reading intervention books helps special education teachers effectively and efficiently teach a reader decoding, encoding, vocabulary and comprehension skills that support one another and align with Wilson reading skills.
Wellness Goals Lab
This pilot program explores the benefits of exercise before tackling rigorous academic subjects. Students will exercise aerobically for 25-30 minutes prior to focused academic work. Teachers monitor homework completion and accuracy, attendance and behavior incidences before and after initiation of the program for each student.