The Boyd Education Foundation Prize Patrol surprised teachers and students with grant money May 12.
A troupe of foundation members traveled between campuses and presented three grants – two at the elementary school and one at the high school.
Aaron Pickett, instructional tech and math teacher at Boyd Elementary School, received a $7,424 grant for Accelerated Math Live – a personalized, self-paced math program that teachers use to differentiate instruction, monitor progress and make data-driven decisions to guide and help each student succeed.
Students in first through third grade will benefit from the program by using their iPads and working math problems from their personalized program.
Elementary teacher Melody Richardson was awarded an $8,000 grant for TumbleBooks, an online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, graphic novels, educational videos and audiobooks.
It will be used by students in kindergarten through third grade.
There are 500 different titles in the system, each with AR tests, lesson plan extensions for the teacher to implement and some videos to enhance the learning experience for each student.
All the lessons and quizzes are aligned to the Common Core Standards, making its integration into the classroom seamless.
High school teachers were awarded an $8,850 grant for Whodunit, a project based learning assignment where students will study crime scene investigations with a hands-on approach. They will also review the structure of DNA.
Students participating in Whodunit will include all biology students, as well as 11th- and 12th-grade students in AP biology and anatomy and physiology.
The project can also involve the mathematics department in statistical analysis of the probability of results.
Local law enforcement could also be invited to speak to increase the real-world experience of the project.