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Innovation Grant Program

About the Program

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UDEF has funded nearly $80,000 in educator grants and $15,000 in student grants since 2021. Each year, the Upper Dublin Education Foundation awards educator grants to give all students, grades K-12, access to extraordinary learning opportunities. The Innovation Grant Program inspires and empowers our teachers, engages our students and enhances District curriculum. In addition, we have also supported students' big ideas through a student grant program. 

 

We are grateful for the generous support from individuals, corporations and private foundations that make our Innovation Grant program possible. Any new project, idea, or innovation for which funding is sought must be aligned with the Foundation's overall mission of enhancing the educational experiences and lifetime opportunities of students in our District.

Grant applications are reviewed in the fall and the spring. The next deadline is May 1, 2024.

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Grants 2022-23

Makey Makey in Library STEM Class for Engineering & Engagement

Grant Recipient: Mary DePaul, FWES

Save Me a Seat for FWES Book Club

Grant Recipients: Kathleen Place, Lauren Weihenmayer, FWES

Building Phonemic Awareness with Manipulatives

Grant Recipients: Kathleen Place, Lauren Weihenmayer, FWES

Class Connect for Wonder Robots

Grant Recipient: Erica Stianchi, MGES

Green Screen Enhancement

Grant Recipient: Mark Feliciani, SRMS

Parlay Ideas

Grant Recipient: Cody Crooke, UDHS

Eric Carle Children’s Books in French, German & Spanish

Grant Recipient: Christine Jones, UDHS

Bringing Bio Labs into the 21st Century with Probes

Grant Recipients: Chris Smith, Brian Palme, UDHS

STEAM & Sensory Activities for Unified Arts

Grant Recipient: Crystal Dunn, UDHS

Using a Laser Cutter to Support Project Based Learning in

STEM Business Classes

Grant Recipients: Alana Mellor, Mary Jane Lyons, UDHS

Whisper Phones for 1st Grade Readers

Grant Recipients: 1st Grade Teachers, All Elementary Schools

 

Expanding the Planetarium Program

Grant Recipients: Kim Small, Robert Miller, SRMS

Piano Experience

Grant Recipient: Nathaniel Arnold, UDHS

Reading Autonomy with Vox Talking Books and IR Books

Grant Recipient: Mary DePaul, FWES

Live Streaming Upgrade

Grant Recipient: Jason Trantas, UDHS

Math Toolbox

Grant Recipients: Maureen Higgins - Colleen Middendorf - Nicole Winters - Maureen Yarnell, MGES

For the Love of iPads in the Library

Grant Recipient: Cathy Dashoff, TFES

Breakout.Edu Kits for Cooperative Problem-Solving

Grant Recipient: Jeff Dillon, FWES/TFES

Coloring Opportunities for Students

Grant Recipient: Jessica Sachson, UDHS

2nd Grade Lending Library to Build Home and School Connections

Grant Recipients: Kate Duncheskie - Ali Hammarquist -Twiggy Paige, FWES

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Grant Recipient: MaryJane Lyons, UDHS

Announced Spring 2022: 

Literature Circles - MGES

Grant Recipient: Matthew Dorneman

Seeding the Future through Hydroponics in the Classroom - SRMS

Grant Recipient: Hannah Kim

Global Fiction Book Club - Coming of Age During Times of Adversity - SRMS

Grant Recipient: Kerry Lake

Melting Permafrost Simulation and Analysis - UDHS

Grant Recipient: Chris Smith

Stacking Up Math Skills - JTES

Grant Recipients: Melissa Traber - Lisa Downs

Laura Schmuckler - Brittnie Boyda - Carolyn Brightbill - Brenda Caviston - Donna Polin

Student Grants

In May 2023, UDEF awarded Ms. Loch's Environmental Science Project Based Learning (PBL) class a grant for "The Think Garden,"an outdoor classroom and learning space in the currently unused UDHS history courtyard. Working with the history department as their client, the group will be creating a more harmonious experience that fosters educational productivity, community, well being and a connection to nature.  

In 2022, UDEF piloted a Student Innovation Grant program and awarded our first grant to Ms. Loch's PBL class for "The Hive," an outdoor learning area at UDHS designed to restore, regenerate and connect. 

Interested in applying for a student grant? Please contact Michelle Boas at mboas@udsd.org.

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