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American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Classroom Innovation Grants
American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation
CLASSROOM INNOVATION GRANTS
Classroom Innovation Grants enable teachers to explore and evaluate creative instructional projects that meet their students’ learning needs. Successful grant proposals must define expected learning results and the evaluation method to be used in measuring results. Grants are funded through a partnership with American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation; the Education Foundation of Bloomington and the Bloomington School District.
Applications must be submitted by 4PM on Wednesday, May 31. To download instructions and a copy of the application please click thethumbnail below.
Here are some of our Grant Recipients:
An Innovation Grant was awarded to Jefferson High School to outfit their special education vocational learning project TJ’s Coffeehouse with uniforms that will give students a sense of unity, confidence, and importance. The caps and aprons also satisfy the hygiene requirements similar to outside jobs involving food distribution.
The coffeehouse is open once each month and includes students from five different special education programs within the school. The project assists students to achieve their learning goal of developing real-life job skills and greater independence as they work a variety of tasks like cash register, making smoothies, order taking, set-up and break-down, inventory control, and advertising.
DIARY OF ANNE FRANK THEATER TRIP
An Adult Diploma program grant allowed students who have read the book Diary of Anne Frank in class to see a live theater production of the story. Many of these foreign-born adult students have not had the opportunity to experience live theater. The experience allows the students to see a story come alive and also allows them to critically analyze differences between the two mediums.
This grant allowed a social awareness group at Kennedy High School to purchase the book Being Emily as a reading project. The book gave students a greater understanding of others who are struggling with personal issues.
OUTDOOR LEARNING SPACE
Washburn Elementary school will be purchasing plantings and soil to develop an outdoor learning space in the spring of 2017. Parents, students, staff, and the business community are all partnering to make this a success.
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL CURRICULUM
Indian Mounds Elementary school will supplement, throughout the year, their regular kindergarten curriculum with curriculum and books designed to give students instruction in the area of social/emotional development. The supplemental curriculum emphasizes areas like empathy, emotion management, and problem solving, Students will be able to identify and practice effective emotional responses.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING SPACES
In the 2016-17 grant cycle we were able to outfit 26 classroom/spaces with flexible furniture. In 2017-18, we are again partnering with the Bloomington School District to offer flexible furniture options to classrooms to allow for flexible spaces within the classroom or learning space. Flexible furniture accommodates the multiple learning styles and preferences of our students.
STUDENT SUCCESS STIPENDS
The Education Foundation of Bloomington is in the business of helping students – before, during and after they sit down in a classroom. We care that students are ready and excited about learning. Through our Student Success Stipends program we offer students, who don't have the economic means or are disenfranchised due to race or family situations, opportunities to participate in learning. In fact, we gave over $60,000 of financial assistance to students in recent years. For those who need backpacks, school supplies and bus passes, we are there to help. We also fund: extra curricular activities; music, theater and academic enrichment opportunities; and class fields trips for those in need. When students have access to learning opportunities it boosts self-esteem and helps them feel good about school.
A few examples of the many programs funded by our Student Success Stipends:
We sponsor an exciting summer program, SLAM (Summer of Laughs, Adventures and More; formally Summer Spectrum), to help out many children who otherwise might not be able to participate. We will use proceeds from the golf tournament for this program, and part of those funds will be matched by the Bloomington Community Education Dept. We expect to support about 100 students in Summer 2016.
WASHINGTON, DC TRIP
This year two qualified Valley View Middle School students cannot afford to attend the the Close-Up Foundation Washington DC trip. So thier teacher, Mr. Ziegler, is personally raising money to help them out. He contacted us for support and we will be part of a team of sponsors for these two students. Valley View is a school in our district with a staggering majority of its kids on free and reduced lunch assistance. The EFB has relationships with many teachers in this school, and throughout the district, because they know we are a resource for help.
BLOOMINGTON COMMUNITY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Because of the close relationship the Bloomington Community Education Department has with our students, they truly have the ability to identify those who want to participate in extracurricular activities but cannot afford to (especially elementary and middle school kids). During the 2013-2014 school year, we sponsored over 30 students identified by Community Education so that they could attend summer band camp, participate in the summer musical, join the after school chess club, and receive music lessons.
WANT TO REQUEST A STIPEND?
Request a Stipend by downloading our form, completing it and returning it to EFB.
Education Foundation of Bloomington
c/o Marcie Coval
Bloomington Public Schools - ESC
1350 106th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431
Recent grants funded these successful projects:
POLAR BEAR PRESS
A Poplar Bridge Elementary School project that teaches students to write about their academic progress and publish a complete book at year’s end.
TIME IS MONEY
A money-management class for students at all three Bloomington middle schools.
FORENSICS BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Support for Debate and Forensics teams at Kennedy and Jefferson High Schools enables more students to compete in speech contests.
VIDEO BLOGS AND BOOK TALKS
Olson Middle School students build literary skills through outside reading requirements.
Please consider supporting our Bloomington students in need with a donation to the Education Foundation of Bloomington, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Mail: Education Foundation of Bloomington
2575 W. 88th Street Bloomington, MN 55431
To learn more about the Education Foundation of Bloomington, please contact the EFB by completing the contact form below.