Creating a Joyful Space: This pilot program supports a 100% paperless classroom by introducing desks and sling chairs that allow students to better incorporate technology while working and collaborating. The enhanced design also facilitates teacher interaction with students.
Frenchtown Elementary School
Where the Wild Things Are: Exploring Robotics Through Literature: Groups of children in every Frenchtown classroom will have the opportunity to participate in a series of lessons designed to introduce the engineering design process, robotics, programming, repeat functions, and sensors with the use of a robotics construction kit. These ideas will be explored in the context of a curriculum that utilizes the book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.
James H. Eldredge Elementary School
21st Century Learning Environment, Part 2: This grant builds on last year’s success in one 4th grade classroom and expands it throughout the building. The classroom spaces themselves are transformed, taking advantage of moveable, multipurpose workstations for each student, rather than stationary desks. The 2016 pilot program for this grant was overwhelmingly well-received by students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Learn more here: So what exactly is Eldredge’s 21st Century Classroom?
Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School
Meadowbrook by the Bay, Part 2: An expansion of last year’s highly successful and popular EGEF grant, this program brings local marine science education and environmental awareness into every K – 2 Classroom at Meadowbrook. It also allows every Meadowbrook student a chance to do field research on and about Narragansett Bay.
Executive Functioning Classroom: Executive functioning and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that allow students to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and work on multiple tasks successfully. This grant introduces a variety of alternative furniture options and designs into a 1st-grade classroom, representing strong collaboration with general education and special education, supported by specialists in other areas such as occupational therapy and the school psychologist. Significantly, the teacher behind this grant also collaborated with the recipient of a similar grant at Eldredge, building on a previously-implemented successful program there and bringing it to Meadowbrook.
Stop-Motion Animation Studio: Located in the school’s library, this program will help all students and teachers create short, student-written, -directed, and -produced stop-motion animation films working in groups. Students will use technology and other information-gathering tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
Imagination Station: These stations will afford students in all four of Meadowbrook’s kindergarten classrooms daily opportunities to explore and engage in a hands on, flexible and differentiated learning environment. These stations will transport students in their imaginations to different community settings while practicing their communication and problem-solving skills in various community roles.