Innovation Grants

Innovation Grants offer District 211 educators the opportunity to develop ideas, programs, or practices that are not normally funded in the regular school budget. Grants are awarded to educators with proposals that have the potential to engage students and impact learning.

Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded more $250,000 to some 450 high school educators in Innovation Grant funding.

(The Application Deadline for the Innovation Grant was March 30, 2018)

These exciting projects were the recipients of Innovation Grant for 2018-2019.

High School

Project

Sponsor

Description

Conant

Operation Snowball CHS-HEHS-SHS: 2018-2019

Richard Bauer

Operation Snowball is a state-wide leadership development program that empowers students to be drug and alcohol free. For each of the past four years, Operation Snowball programs at Conant, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates high schools have combined resources to implement events together that have helped students develop a stronger self-awareness as well as stronger and healthier stress management/coping skills

Conant

ESL Resource Incentive Program

Brittany Mendoza

ESL offers positive behavior incentives, as well as creating a welcoming, productive environment that promotes collaboration, students will show academic improvements and motivation in their time spent during the resource period.

Conant

Author Day to Promote Literacy

Susan Hess

Authors day wil bring together published writers to speak to students about their writing and where they get their inspiration for writing.

Conant

Conant PRIDE (Preparing Resourceful Individuals Determined to Excel) Program

Austin Sobey

PRIDE is a student-led, semester long orientation program for all freshman students at Conant High School. Upperclassmen are trained as mentors to assist freshman through implementation of lessons that cover a wide variety of topics necessary to be successful in high school.

Conant

Cougar Connections

Austin Sobey

A mentorship program with students in which traditional disciplinary interventions have been unsuccessful It builds connections with these students to get them invested in our school community through helping others in the school (school community service) and through utilization of career exploration.

Fremd

Latinas Achieving Success

Priscilla Torres

Latinas Achieving Success helps Latina students have as many opportunities during and after high school as possible. The group focuses on three core areas: academics, culture, and community.

Fremd

Viking Service Week

Courtney Billittier

This is an opportunity for students to recognize the causes, impacts, and solutions to poverty, both locally and globally — the goal is to inspire students to recrognize and alleviate the problem.

Fremd

District 211 Activity and Sleep Tracker Study

Andrew Kittrell

To study the health and wellness of students by monitoring and recording the total activity minutes and sleep patterns of District 211 students during a 24 cycle.

Fremd

Advanced Physics Lego Mindstorms

Matt Winter

Lego Mindstrom Robots aid physics students to learn about computer coding, application of robotics to science

Fremd

Fremd Mentoring Program

Jessica Medinah

Fremd's Mentoring program strives to build strong, trusting relationships between a student and staff member. Mentors and students meet throughout the school year to strengthen a student's connection to the school.

G.A.McElroy Administration Center

National Hispanic Institute (Transportation)

Jerry Trevino

Almost 30 Latino students from across District 211 have raised funds to participate in the Great Debate Camp — a five-day camp focusing on college readiness and application. This grant will pay for the transportation.

G.A. McElroy Administration Center

Adult Transition Program-North (PHS) Mindfulness Practice

Denise Lampen

Since 2009, the Adult Transition Program (ATP) has provided specific instruction to 18-21 year old students with intellectual disabilities. As a part of the ATP programming, we focus on developing student’s self-determination skills so they can live as independently as possible. This past year we have incorporated a Mindfulness Program bringing the practice of meditation and yoga to the students on a daily basis.

Higgins Education Center

Adventure Learning Club

Derek Schmidt

Building on the success from previous trips, students, most with severe emotional diabilities, experience a campfire, set up a tent, and learn about geology and animal life — often for the first time.

Higgins Education Center

Academy South Music Club

Colleen Lundell

Music club will provide a weekly opportunity for students to not only learn about and enjoy music, but also practice social skills and foster other interests.

Hoffman Estates

Blessings in a Backpack

Angie Rallidis & Debbie Miller

Blessings in a Backpack assists schools in providing food to students in need for the weekend throughout the school year - Hoffman Estates High School would like to accommodate more students.

Hoffman Estates

FreshMentors

Maureen Mann

This program provides freshman students with continual support and structure throughout their first school year by selected and trained junior and senior students, benefitting both groups.

Hoffman Estates

GANAS (Guiding & Nurturing Academic Success)

Angelica Cordova-Rajoo

This program is in it's forth year and has reached out to over 100 Latino freshman students and provided them the opportunity to learn about the benefits and importance of a college education.

Hoffman Estates

Holocaust Museum Trip Cultural Perspectives

Debbie Miller & Luke Yanule

In a co-taught US History class, students will visit the Holocaust Museum during the World War II unit in class.

Hoffman Estates

Literacy Connections VI

Terri Berkowitz

In order to encourage and promote reading literacy, any student who reads a book from one of the library's reading/genre lists and submits a review is eligible to win a bi-weekly prize.

Hoffman Estates

Read to Lead Summer Reading

Terri Berkowitz

The "Read to Lead" summer reading program is voluntary, but highly encouraged and promoted. To ensure access to books for all students, this grant will defray most of the expense for the fourth year.

Hoffman Estates

HEHS Engineering Competition Entry Fees

Wayne Oras

To support Project Lead the Way student participation in engineering competitions throughout the school year.

Hoffman Estates

Project Excel

Andres Acosta

To encourage and nurture community-building and leadership skills in often marginalized students, chosen incoming freshmen are paired with a younger student. Freshman then interview and work with the younger student and create a biography for the child to keep.

Hoffman Estates

Hoffman Estates High School Outdoor Adventure Club

Rob Schmidt

Outdoor Adventure Club would like to provide students an opportunity to experience activities that provide them exposure to the beautiful facilities, parks, and forest preserves our community offers.

Hoffman Estates

Operation Snowball Sponsor for Hoffman Estates High School

Lilia Ramirez

Operation Snowball is a state-wide leadership development program that empowers students to be drug and alcohol free. For each of the past four years, Operation Snowball programs at Conant, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates high schools have combined resources to implement events together that have helped students develop a stronger self-awareness as well as stronger and healthier stress management/coping skills

Higgins Education Center

New Endeavors Club

Lauren Lombardo

The club will focus on students with social communication weaknesses by creating opportunities to socialize and interact with peers. The club would provide a structured environment to reinforce the social skills taught through the STRIDES curriculum at New Endeavors (Social Thinking, Independence, Developing Everyday Skills).

Higgins Education Center

Art Club

Pace Rhodes

The Art Club allows students to explore different aspects of art and practice social skills and increase school-connectedness. Art therapy proves to be a beneficial and creative outlet for all ages.

North Campus

After School Club

Jessica Martinez-Quintero

This club will offer students with emotional disabilities opportunities to socialize and interact with peers, while exposing them to hobbies, service/learning opportunities, and a variety of activities.

Palatine

Commit to the PIRATE Acknowledgements

Michael Prentice

This is the seventh year of this positive behavior intervention program that acknowledges students for positive behavior.

Palatine

Alejandro Diaz Memorial Soccer Game

Jaison Varghese

This parent-student soccer game for ESL families begins the school year by involving and welcoming parents of mostly-hispanic students, a group often underrepresented at the school.

Palatine

HOSA - Future Healthcare Professionals

Victoria DeGuia

This grant will enable the group to obtain necessary reference books for students to prepare for HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) events.

Palatine

Palatine's PROMISE Lunchapalooza Speaker

Sue Althoff Doran

As part of the Palatine's Promise social/emotional intervention program, Lunchapalooza is a three-day celebration of Palatine High School's student diversity, while raising money for a charitable cause.

Palatine

Project Excel

Alonso Ramirez

This program began 10 years ago with 18 students. Last year, over 160 students were involved in Project Excel. Freshman students plan a trip to Chicago, and sophomore, junior, and senior students take college visits, while all benefit from the planning, camraderie, and the trips.

Palatine

Convertable Anatomage Table Integration

Carl Garrison

The Anatomage Table is a wonderful teaching tool, allowing for the in depth exploration of the human body without the need for an actual cadaver.

Palatine

PHS Bass Fishing Club

Luke Skony

The Bass Fishing club will provide students the opportunity to learn about fishing. There will be fishing outings in the fall, ice-fishing and inside meetings in the winter (reel maintenance, casting practice, knot tying, etc), and outings in the spring.

Palatine

PHS First Time AP Student Cohort

Erin Luzadder

First Time AP is a committee of teachers, counselors and an administrator who foster the success of students who have enrolled in AP courses for the first time at Palatine High School, as well as the teachers who work with them. This grant will be used to fund the monthly lunch portion of this implementation.

Palatine

Do the Right Thing - Student Recognition/Incentive

Jacquese Gilbert

Do the Right Thing encourages students to provide school leaders with information that enhances the safety and well being of all of our students.

Palatine

PHS Community Fine Arts Day

Dung Pham

The Fine Arts fair will have hands on art demonstrations, displays of artwork, and musical performances by PHS students and guests artists/musicians.

Palatine

Cultural Awareness

Alyssa Moreno

Cultural Awareness was created to help educate students about different cultures that are represented throughout the school and community thru field trips and cultural event at the high school

Palatine

We Dine Together

Shannon O'Brien

We Dine Together allow students to engage their peers in the student café to develop social connectedness and foster student wellness within the Palatine High School community.

Palatine

HEPA Air Scrubber for Geometry in Construction

Robert Pechacek

HEPA air scrubber, which would be used to help improve the air quality in the Wood Shop or a job site

Palatine

World Language Department Spanish Literacy Books

Gustavo Correa

Enhance reading literacy in Spanish classes at the lower level Spanish classes.

Palatine

Wellness, Building Construction, air quality

Chris Gunsteen

improve the air quality utilizing an industry standard HEPA air filtration system during construction of a D211 home

Palatine

Foreign Exchange Program

Stephanie Wermes

Foreign Exchange Club enables French and German Exchange students to participate in school activities.

Palatine

ESL Senior Breakfast

Seju Jain

The breakfast recognizes ESL students graduating high school and includes speeches and prizes in recognition of the accomplishments of all the students graduating.

Schaumburg

Saxon PRIDE

Erika Werlein

Saxon Pride is a successful positive behavior reinforcement program, which also is expanding its focus to create positive school connections for all students

Schaumburg

Virtual Field Trips and Virtual Exploration

Alina Morelli Baima

The Google Expeditions virtual reality kit allows educators take students on over 500 virtual reality field trips without leaving the classroom.

Schaumburg

Mobile Application Development

Adam Koschnitzke

Operation Snowball is a state-wide leadership development program that empowers students to be drug and alcohol free. For each of the past four years, Operation Snowball programs at Conant, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates high schools have combined resources to implement events together that have helped students develop a stronger self-awareness as well as stronger and healthier stress management/coping skills

Schaumburg

Operation Snowball 2018-19 (Schaumburg High School)

Brent Swolsky

Operation Snowball is a state-wide leadership development program that empowers students to be drug and alcohol free. For each of the past four years, Operation Snowball programs at Conant, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates high schools have combined resources to implement events together that have helped students develop a stronger self-awareness as well as stronger and healthier stress management/coping skills

Schaumburg

AP Resource

Shealyn Boland

The AP Resource room provides tools and support to new and veteran AP students. We wish to foster a cooperative community in which AP students can work together towards success in their courses

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