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Innovative Learning Grants 2019-20

The Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation awarded over $100,000 toward Innovative Learning Grants for the 2019-20 school year. 

The Innovative Learning Grants are a competitive application process, and grant recipients are required to submit a written evaluation of their project’s outcome within two weeks of completion of the project. “These grants are intended to foster innovation while cultivating exciting new collaborations among students. The projects may also serve as pilot programs which, if successful, could become part of the curriculum in the future,” said Brigitte Sarraf, retired Assistant Superintendent of Education Services and current Director of Assessment & Accountability, who oversees the grant selection and evaluation process. Congratulations to the following grant recipients and projects approved in Round 1 for the 2019-20 school year.

Awards were based on the projects’:
  • scaling potential, such as incorporation into the curriculum, shared future use by others in the course team, and potential for replication across the district,
  • impact on student learning, such as enhancing depth of knowledge, applicability to addressing real-world problems, and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, and
  • effectiveness in challenging students to make connections and discover alternative problem solving.

Los Altos High Grant Recipients and Projects (Round 1 approved 4-10-19)

  • Carrie Abel Shaffer: AP Headstart, teacher-run support sessions for underserved students in AP.
  • Lisa Bonanno & Caitlin Hannon: Norman Zelaya Creative Writing Workshops for English classes.
  • Lisa Cardellini: New tools to improve data collection for “Coral as a model organism for student generated research on climate change” (expansion of previous project).
  • Jacob Russo: Tools to foster an inquiry based and quantitative approach to teaching and learning genetics.
  • Greg Stoehr: Density Flow Models to create learning experiences that are relevant to real-world, global challenges
  • Tory Johnson: NanoDrop Lite for students to experience the use of technological interventions that impact how scientific knowledge is formed.

Mountain View High Grant Recipients and Projects (Round 1 approved 4-10-19)

  • Brendan Dilloughery: Arduinos (an open-source platform used for building electronics projects) and drawing tablets to support cross departmental collaboration and inspire students to become “digital makers”.
  • Kristine Bautista: Blue Ocean field trip for students with disabilities.
  • Shawn Rosales: Game Play for mathematical sense-making — builds student engagement and promotes developing number sense, pattern recognition and increases persistence in solving multi-step problems.
  • Wei Lu and Judie Lee: AP Chinese Language and culture class subscription.  Chinese movie making project. Supports collaboration and interaction with native speakers.

Grants Approved