Florida DKG Educational Foundation
2021 Professional Development Award Recipient
Winter Springs Elementary School
Project: “Space Academy for Educators”
June 3 – June 7, 2021
As a STEAM Coach, Missy Jones is charged with finding and implementing new hands-on science, technology, and engineering activities to present to teachers and students at Winter Springs Elementary. Jones has created a special Space Lab in an empty classroom to engage students in hands-on Space Science Lessons in a “space” atmosphere. By attending the Space Academy for Educators, Jones will experience lessons and activities that can be conducted with the 600 K-5 students in the “Space” Lab at her school. Her goal is to foster an interest in Space Science and have a better understanding of the Space Science Standards. Jones plans to provide training to the staff at her school site. She is also willing to share her experience through Professional Development sessions.
2021 Grant Recipients
Project: Discovering Endorphins (Sports Konnected to Literacy and STEAM)
Cyd Heyliger-Browne plans to purchase and mail science kits to 30 elementary age students so that they may participate in an online standards-based integrated curriculum that includes physical/mental fitness, literacy, science, technology, education, art, and mathematics activities. The one (1) hour online lessons will be provided through the Miami Dade County Public Library System Zoom portal once a month. The organization Sports Konnect will provide the content for the lessons. Content includes an introduction to a book of the month, a mental health activity, a S.T.E.A.M. video-quiz-experiment and physical fitness activity. The program provides students with an outlet for desired activities along with a socialization component and creates a safe space for students to learn the educational basics while having fun. The project is a collaborative effort between the Sports Konnect (a 501(c)3) and the Miami Dade County Public Library system.
Middle School Science
Project: Supporting STEM Learning with iPad Technology
Paula Nelson-Shokar, a middle school teacher recognizes that science teaching and learning would benefit from teacher-led science field studies. Although her online class is unable to participate in actual field trips to conduct data collection, Nelson-Shokar would like to purchase an iPad to be used in conjunction with a Hot Spot to make it possible to conduct science field studies virtually to engage her students. The iPad will allow her to use Zoom technology with each class to collect the necessary data while she is in the field. She can then upload and transfer data to students for them to immediately analyze. Nelson-Shokar will be able to communicate with her students out in the field while the iPad camera allows students to see, in real time, what is being collected and analyzed. Students will be able to extend their learning beyond the walls of the classroom/home and be engaged in real-world problems through collaboration.
Jacksonville Beach, FL
Project: Help Me to Be Me
Kathleen Poe will be working through PossAbilities Plus, an educational center in Atlantic Beach, Florida that addresses the needs of young adults (age 14 and up) with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other such social and intellectual diversities. One of the classes offered is Time Management and Interpersonal Communications. The time management class is designed to help these young adults prioritize their time; set goals; plan a to-do list and schedule using personal calendars and planners. Poe will be purchasing items and supplies for students that will help them better understand their strengths and weaknesses when communicating with peers as they work through scenarios where they must read clocks, learn to set a time; plan with a time deadline; and plan for doing multiple tasks within a specified time frame.
Roulhac Middle School
Project: “Check It Out”
Melissa Whitson is a middle school language arts teacher at Roulhac Middle School who has discovered that her students are becoming more disinterested in extra-curricular reading each year. Whitson plans to purchase a list of current and popular books to add to her classroom so that her students will make stronger connections to the titles in the class library. Whitson feels that there is a vital need for expanding reading for all of her students. She knows that reading helps improve student vocabulary, communication, grammar and writing skills. The project will impact over 100 - 7th and 8th grade students.
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Professional development is defined as a growth-promoting learning process that empowers employed educators to further excellence in education.
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Last Update: July 2021
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