FOUR PROJECTS WILL RECEIVE THE FIRST BARTA TEACHER GRANTS
Eight teachers from four BCSC schools will receive the very first BARTA education grants from a new program just established by the organization. (Click on About BARTA above to read more details about the program.)
- Kristen Hollenbaugh, Erin Griffin, and Courtney Fisher from Mt. Health Elementary will receive funds to purchase a program to assist them to conduct individual assessments of their kindergarten sutdents. The teachers will assess each student on the critical state standards used to track their growth, and then send the report home to the parents, along with teaching aids they may use to help their children.
- Lisa Haines, Nora Mitchell, and Tatumn Saewert at Smith Elementary will use BARTA funds to purchase Builders of Tomorrow, a program that uses Legos to teach first graders about STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Using hands-on Lego kits, students will learn about simple machines, and explore the worlds of design and cause and effect.
- Laura Wolfe, fourth grade teacher at Southside, will attend a two-day Smeken's education conference on teaching informative and argumentative writing. The BARTA grant wil not only underwrite the cost of the conference but also enable Laura to share what she learns with BCSC colleagues and improve curriculum planning and documents used at Southside.
- Andrew Larson from CSA New Tech High School will use BARTA funds to replace outdated and well-worn audio equipment. The purchase of new equipment will allow for voices to be heard during public presentations, the annual talent show, poetry recitals. awards ceremonies and musical performances.
Congratulations to all the teachers who received awards. And, thank you, BARTA members, for your financial and moral support of public school teachers. What a worthwhile endeavor!
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