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GAR Foundation awards $300,317 in Educator Initiative Grants

7/10/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON — GAR Foundation’s Distribution Committee recently awarded $300,317 to 29 teams of educators for its annual Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) program.

The goal of EIG is to support teacher-initiated, classroom-based projects and methods that demonstrably impact student academic achievement. The EIG program offers grants from $1,000 to $15,000 to teams of Summit County educators, grades kindergarten through 12, who work together to develop, implement and assess instructional strategies that fulfill this goal.

“We continue to be impressed with the meaningful, creative programs teachers have shaped for our community’s students,” said Christine Mayer, president of GAR Foundation.

Grants were awarded to 24 public school districts and five private schools and will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year. GAR received 63 EIG applications, a 28.5 percent increase from the prior year.

“The EIG programs support real-world application across the Cradle to Career Continuum by helping our K-12 students achieve success in all subject matters,” said Mayer.

Among the award winners is Springfield High School, receiving $15,000 for its “Visual Writing: Podcasting to Increase Writing Efficacy” program. Visual writing is an enhanced process for learning how to become an effective writer, with special emphasis on revision strategies, according to foundation officials. Students will become experts in the writing process and take ownership of their own learning through self-assessment of the different traits of learning, and will use sound waves projected to visualize their writing to promote self-evaluation and growth.

The following schools in the South Side News Leader coverage area also received EIG awards at the May 8 GAR Foundation Distribution Committee meeting:

  • Manchester Local Schools, Nolley Elementary School, $12,555 for “Implementing a Culture of Leadership”
  • Norton City Schools, Norton Middle School, $10,000 for “Interdisciplinary Unit: Revolutionary War”
  • Springfield Local Schools, Young Elementary School, $10,000 for “LINKS to Support Learning”
  • Springfield Local Schools, Springfield High School and Junior High, $14,550 for “Programming for Our Future”
  • Summit County Educational Service Center, Greater Summit County Early Learning Center, $1,954 for “Observing Our World Through Meteorology”
  • Walsh Jesuit High School, $9,999 for “Training Tomorrow’s MacGyvers”
  • Archbishop Hoban High School, $13,500 for “The Revolutionary War Living History”

A detailed list of the EIG grants can be found on the foundation’s website at www.garfdn.org/recently-awarded.

EIG award recipients were honored at a reception hosted by the foundation in late May. The GAR Foundation Annual Fall EIG Conference will be held in October to showcase projects and continue to encourage their replication throughout other schools and districts.

Information on the conference is expected to be available at www.garfoundation.org/educator-initiative-grant. For more information, contact EIG Program Manager Lucille Esposito at espolucille@gmail.com or 330-550-6661.

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