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 Innovative Grants for the 2017-2018 school year is May 1, 2017.

2017-2018 Grant Application


These exciting projects were the recipients of Innovation Grant for 2015-2016.

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PROJECT

SPONSOR

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DESCRIPTION

PHS

Aquarium Club

Luke Skony

$500

This club will maintain aquariums on the third floor at Palatine High School as well as updating and improving the lighting, filtration, and décor with student-designed plans.

PHS

Commit to the PIRATE Acknowledgements

Michael Prentice, Sophie Foucault-Lawler

$500

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

PHS

DNA Hip Hop Dance Crew & Latin Dance Crew

Liza Sullivan

$500

This grant provides costumes and shoes for students in this diverse performing group that also teaches teamwork, respect and achievement.

PHS

DREAMers Group

Miriam Castro & Rocio Santiago

$300

The DREAMers Group connects undocumented students with others facing similar issues, as well as empowering resources and scholarship opportunities.

PHS

Alejandro Diza Memorial Soccer Game

Jaison Varghese

$850

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.

PHS

HOSA - Future Healthcare Professionals

Victoria DeGuia

$1,000

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

PHS

Palatine's PROMISE Lunchapalooza Speaker

Sue Althoff

$1,000

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.

PHS

Project Excel

Alonso Ramirez

$1,000

This program began nine 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.

PHS

Summer Reading Program

Brittany Tillander & Christy Victor

$550

To increase summer reading, this grant will fund incentives, prizes, and provide a pizza social for those who participate.

FHS

Black Men in Action

Jason Spoor-Harvey

$600

The goal of the program is to help support students as they develop both a positive racial and academic identity through meetings, mentoring, etc.

FHS

Latinas Achieving Success

Christina Nagel

$500

Focusing on academics, culture and community, this grant will offer opportunities for students such as book clubs and field trips, all encouraging deeper connections.

FHS

Operation Snowball

Tony Tosh & Erin Malinowski

$1,000

Operation Snowball is a one-day, 15-hour leadership event promoting positive decision-making in the areas of health and wellness, stress management, relationships, and communication.

FHS

Viking Service Week

Courtney Billittier & Martin Zacharia

$1,000

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.

FHS

2017 Fremd Wellness Week

Jason Hogrefe

$500

Students and staff enjoy guest speakers, dance and yoga, fitness olympics, and a blood drive, as well as participation by over 20 local businesses, all with the goal of supporting healthy living.

FHS

Writers Week XXIII at FHS

Russ Anderson, Gina Enk, Jaclyn Han

$1,000

Besides building a sense of community at Fremd, Writers' Week promotes reading, literacy, and writing - including author visits and presentations.

CHS

Blessings in a Backpack

Bina Rubinson

$1,000

Blessings in a Backpack assists schools in providing food to students in need for the weekends throughout the school year. CHS is expanding this program to include fresh food and other items.

CHS

Cougar Health & Wellness Week

Felicia MacFarlane & David Cromer

$1,000

This is a joint venture of the Conant High School student services department and the Conant High School physical education department to promote positive mental and physical health, as well as self-care, healthy decision-making, and coping skills.

CHS

Holocaust Museum Field Trip

Matthew Meyer

$400

With a goal of having students take an active roll in their learning, 20 special education students will be invited to go on this field trip, and connect what they see to their curriculum.

CHS

Operation Snowball

Richard Bauer

$1,000

Operation Snowball is a one-day, 15-hour leadership event promoting positive decision-making in the areas of health and wellness, stress management, relationships, and communication.

CHS

Prepare Program Leadership/Camp Sunrise

Asra Syed, Tracy Thornley, Travis Hastings, Paula Hill, Denise Mitchell

$250

Offering support to teacher-recommended students, teambuilding and leadership activities help prepare students for the rigors of high school.

CHS

Young Adult Author Visit

Cindy Taylor

$500

To promote literacy and reading, working with the Schaumburg Public Library and 3 three other District 211 schools, this grant would help to fund a young adult author to visit the community.

SHS

Model UN Global Initiative

Darrell Robin

$500

Model United Nations strenghtens students' academic and leadership skills through a focus on intensive research, public speaking, academic debate, diplomacy, team building, and problem solving.

SHS

Saxon Pride

Erika Werlein

$1,000

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

SHS

Helping Students to SOAR

Michael Knitter

$1,000

The SOAR program helps students achieve the skills for active learning — including the basics of how to study, organize, and manage their time.

HEHS

Blessings in a Backpack

Angie Rallidis & Debbie Miller

$1,000

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.

HEHS

Book Club

Jessica Schafer

$500

The goal is to promote literacy outside of school — and by providing books, the cost to join the club is deferred for students.

HEHS

Freshman Foundations

Barbara Nocula & Kim Ryon

$1,000

Nine-five percent of incoming freshmen are involved in Freshman Foundations, which mentors, educates, and informs students by helping them set goals and realize their potential.

HEHS

FreshMentors

Maureen Mann

$1,000

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.

HEHS

GANAS (Guiding and Nurturing Academic Success)

Angelica Cordova-Rajoo

$700

In the first three years of this successful program, over 80 Latino freshman students were provided the opportunity to learn about the benefits and importance of a college education.

HEHS

Hawks' Nest

Jennifer Carlson & Maggie King

$1,000

The Hawks' Nest provides food, clothing and basic needs, school supplies, financial assistance, and resources to families in need or in crisis.

HEHS

Holocaust Museum Trip

Debbie Miller & Luke Yanule

$200

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

HEHS

Literacy Connections IV

Terri Berkowitz

$400

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.

HEHS

Spring Fling Special Ed. Dance

Hope Hazlett & Kate Borror

$300

This is an opportunity for students in the Life Skills and Multiple Needs programs to socialize with each other, as well as students from a variety of schools, and practice social skills.

HEHS

Summer Reading Choices III

Terri Berkowitz

$500

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.

HEHS

Sunrise Outdoor Education

Debbie Miller

$250

As part of an outdoor field trip that encourages teambuilding, communication skills, and problem solving, students cook their own lunch over an open fire — a first for many.

HEHS

UNITY Peer Mentoring Program

Paulette Miller, Cherea Sparkman

$500

Through team building, lessons and activities, young African-American females are mentored and offered support and guidance to help them build positive relationships within the school community.

HEHS

Young Women in Entrepreneurship

Kerri Largo

$1,000

To increase awareness and develop confidence, this project introduces female pre-teens to opportunities in entrepreneurship and business management.

A-N

After School Club

Jessica Martinez-Quintero

$700

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.

A-N

Peace Games

Ben Durchslag

$800

Peace Games is a school-wide initiative to enhance mastery through increased opportunities to succeed in athletic outlets, artistic expression, and academic activities, while enhancing a sense of belonging.

A-S

Adventure Learning Club

Brian Lazzaro, Derek Schmidt, Kali Zanona

$500

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.

A-S

After School Club

Kali Zanona & Derek Schmidt

$500

As the only extra-curricular activity available for Academy-South students, this club will offer an opportunity for students on the autism spectrum, as well as other students (serving as positive role models), to enjoy games, arts and crafts, and outings.

A-S

Service Learning Project

Colleen Lundell, Brian Lazzaro, Kali Zaanona, Derek Schmidt

$500

To support the Postive Peer Culture model in the Academy-South program, students are given the opportunity to show care and concern by working as volunteers at various facilities, transferring their learning to the real-world environment.

ADC

National Hispanic Institute

Jerry Trevino

$1,500

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.






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