Teachers College awards grant for teachers to implement innovative projects

Nine San Joaquin County teachers will be able to pay for innovative classroom projects through mini-grants awarded by the Teachers College of San Joaquin, part of the San Joaquin County Office of Education, announced Friday.

The $500 – $2,500 mini-grants came from a $25,000 grant awarded to the teacher college by the Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation.  The Promise of Innovation Award allows awardees, who are students of the college, to carry on proposed projects in their own classrooms.

“We hear lots of things happening in education and this is an opportunity for us to recognize that there are some amazing things happening with teachers and students in our region,” teacher college President Dr. Diane Carnahan said in a statement.

Awardees will begin implementing projects with their students either in spring or fall 2016.

The Promise of Innovation awardees:

Jessica Branstetter: $2,500
Lincoln Unified School District, Mable Barron Elementary School, third grade
Project: Tinker Time, Project-Based Learning Units

Matthew Brenner: $2,500
SJCOE, Special Education, 7-12th grade
Project: Electronic Notebooks

Perry Farrens: $2,500
Tracy Unified School District, Merrill F. West High School, 9-12th grade
Project: Algeomulus Prep. Academy

Elisabeth Hensel: $2,500
Lodi Unified School District, Tokay High School, multi-grade English-language support and 10th grade
Project: Dance and Literacy

Nanette Hunter: $2,500
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Livermore High School, 9-12th grade
Project: Implementing Technology to Support Student Success

Lynnelle Madsen: $2,500
Manteca Unified School District, Great Valley Elementary School, pre-K
Project: Sensory Materials

Josh Montero: $1,600
Tracy Unified School District, North Elementary School, fifth grade
Project: Solar Powered Batteries

David Qualls: $2,500
SJCOE, Alternative Education, 9-12th grade
Project: Play Production and Set Design

Melissa Slichter: $1,850
Tracy Unified School District, George Kelly Elementary School, K-eighth grade
Project: Superflex/Social Thinking

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