NEF Mini-Grants are small-scale grants given to teachers at the middle and high school levels for projects that enhance the curriculum and enrich the student experience. Three Wilson teachers/staff members submitted proposals for review in our first round. All three were awarded funds for their projects! We look forward to receiving more applications in the coming months. Our next deadline is November 1st. Apply at:
Congratulations to Ilse O’Brien, Steve Peck, Adam Gray and Teresa Carney, NEF Mini-Grant winners!
Analyzing, Evaluating & Publishing Opinions about Books for Caldecott & Sibert Awards
Teacher: Ilse O’Brien
Students in fifth grade at Wilson Middle School will have the opportunity to participate in a Mock Caldecott/Mock Sibert Award activity. The students will read books published in 2017, and assess them based on the criteria used by the Caldecott and Sibert Committees. The students will then share their findings, in presentation form, with their peers at Wilson, as well as with elementary students Ben-Hem and Lilja.
Access Program Project Based Learning
Teacher: Steve Peck
Students in the Access Program at Wilson Middle School will use building materials, such at PVC pipes, to built small projects. These projects will be used to create items that are practical and useful, such as sensory tables, laptop stands and book holders. This project-based learning unit is designed to enhance the student’s understanding of how things are made, increase their math and writing skills, and encourage collaboration with their peers.
Wilson Middle School Mentoring Program
Teachers: Adam Gray, Teresa Carney
The goal of the Mentoring Program at Wilson Middle School is to establish trusting relationships, with accountability and responsibility, between teacher mentors and students. This program aligns with the Wilson Middle School Improvement plan that has set a goal of connecting students with trusted adults in the building. This grant will allow the program to add new activities to the curriculum including science experiments, board games, sporting equipment, and team-building events.