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Past Classroom Innovation Grants 

Grants Focused on Literacy, Reading, and Writing

Robyn Stahl and Amy Jernigan, all elementary schools
Fun Learning Centers to practice targeted reading skills and enable teachers to increase student reading proficiency


Katie Bensch, Bainbridge High
Young Adult literature circles


Julee Longridge and Julie Brokish, Woodward Middle School and Sakai Intermediate School
Collaboration between Sakai and Woodward to purchase lower-level, high-interest books to support struggling readers


Carrie Newman and Keri Schmit, Woodward Middle School
An adaptive learning platform called IXL for Woodward students


Anne Willhoit, Odyssey Multiage
Phonics support for Odyssey students


Ashley Crandell, Kathy Ellison, Bainbridge High
Literary graphic novels at BHS


Grants Focused on STEM

Jason Sovick, Bainbridge High
Make computer science exciting


Amy Evans, Sakai Intermediate
Standing desks in the science classroom


Denise Corso, Eagle Harbor High
Support the EHHS Tech Team


Grants Focused on Imagination & Creativity

Kate Garfield, Barb Vandeleur, Erin McCallum, Brandi Bispham, Woodward Middle
A field trip for all 7th graders, in small groups, to take a guided tour of the Visitor’s Center at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to learn about current world concerns on topics such as hunger, water issues, global health, and education


Vicki Milander, Wilkes Elementary
A Portable Classroom Kitchen


Christina Peato, All Schools
Collaboration among BISD, the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, and the Suquamish Tribal Museum


Melinda Reynvaan, Ordway Elementary
Supporting Otter’s Helping Others, a school-wide community service project at Ordway


Alison Hatletveit, Jill Queen, Bill Covert, Wilkes Elementary
Wilkes third and fourth graders will creatively design, write, film and share evidence of their learning in short animation films.


Katie Oakley Bonanno, Blakely Elementary
New Media Art at Blakely Elementary School


Grants Focused on Social Emotional Learning

Tamra Hauge, Wilkes Elementary
Social emotional learning through Literature Circles

Beth Hebert, Sakai Intermediate
Collaboration with Bainbridge Yoga House to introduce the teachers and their students to mindfulness techniques


Ann Brandner, Eagle Harbor High
“Create Calm” mindfulness group at EHHS


Rebekah Ballmer, Wilkes Elementary
Conflict management and Character Development kit for use with Special Education students in the small group setting


Grants Focused on Other Great Ideas

Katie Zonoff, Bainbridge High
Support the Social Studies Department to develop strong skills in current best practices for Media Literacy.


Kaleb Anderson, Bainbridge High
Real world experiences for the highest need Special Education students at BHS

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