ENGAGE STUDENTS - EMPOWER EDUCATORS - TRANSFORM SCHOOLS
KINGSBURY HIGH - FLYING FALCON STUDENT NEWSPAPER
Kingsbury High School is getting a student newspaper! Journalism and Communications teacher Malorie Paine - a former journalist for USA Today - told us that the Flying Falcon and KHSLIVE! will be the student media program for Kingsbury High School. The newspaper and broadcast station will operate like a real media company, with an online and print version of the newspaper, and the students on staff will be required to investigate and report the news, write news articles, design and publish the content. The KHSLive! students will be required to investigate and report the news, record video footage, and produce newscasts, which will be available for the entire school. Newspapers and media have historically been a catalyst in expanding literacy, so not only will the students on staff be helped; the whole school will have the opportunity to increase literacy.
Malorie Paine let us know that they have set up the student website (www.khsflyingfalcon.com) and that students love having a voice! "They're learning so much. One student journalist has already been offered a position working with a local news organization. This wouldn't have been possible without the grant to fuel the program forward."
SPRINGDALE ELEMENTARY - NO MORE EXCUSES
Sonya Boyce and her team at Springdale Elementary know that education has changed drastically in the past decades. Attendance has long been a subject of contention and worry for schools, but with new technology they can purchase with their LIFE Grant, Springdale Elementary is hoping to introduce live-teaching into their classrooms. Students will be able to stream their classes and receive information from their teachers via iPads in classrooms, and teachers will be able to scan in work for students. Students will be able to have access to technology and complete interactive projects with their teachers and other peers across their grade level, whether in or outside of class.
EAST HIGH SCHOOL - LANGUAGE LEARNING GARDEN
Kristin Hennessy-McDonald and a team of science and language teachers at T-STEM Academy at East High School are helping their students create a language learning garden! Combining real world applications of world languages and science technology, students will use the garden in their language classes to examine plants grown in the Roman world, including countries now speaking Italian and Spanish, broadening their cultural horizons through an understanding of the agricultural needs of people from countries which speak these languages. Students will use the learning garden in their science classes to examine the optimal growth conditions for photosynthetic plants using soil sensors and CO2 and O2 sensors. Through cross-curricular applications, students will enhance their Spanish, Latin, and science learning, as well as the history of food, science, and language all while helping students develop leadership skills and ownership of their space.
Teachers and students shown here in the future site of their garden!
GOODLETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - CAPITOL BOUND
Goodlett Elementary School students are becoming active in government! Stephanie Catron and her team are asking students to assume the role of lobbyists for an interest group representing young people, and to recommend the best path to follow from studying an issue to passing a law. Students will research how laws are made, recommend a position, and explain how to pursue legislation at the federal level to address three possible issues - gun control, Dreamers (immigration), and school bullying. Helping students become leaders of the school and their future communities, this project will encourage ownership of and engagement in the political process. Through the LIFE Grant, students will be able to use technology for research and cap off the year with a a trip to Nashville to visit the capitol building and see the legislative process in action!
OAKHAVEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - LEADERS IN ESL
How can students advocate for themselves and others? At Oakhaven Elementary, Tyranny Williams and her team are going to use technology to help ESL students develop leadership skills! ESL students need extra help to succeed academically when learning and working in their non-native language. Oakhaven students - many of whom have no internet or technology access at home - will use iPads and laptops to collaborate on research skills and collaborative projects, learning to become future leaders and be better equipped to fight for educational equality and opportunities.
WHITEHAVEN ELEMENTARY STEM SCHOOL - STEM WITHOUT WALLS
Whitehaven Elementary STEM School is creating a STEM learning garden! Tommy Elliott and his team want to encourage student collaboration and achievement, and the learning garden will target early education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math while also allowing additional space for research-based learning in cognitive thought processing, technological designs, inventions and futuristic life planning. Augmenting the existing STEM curriculum, this space will also be a community garden for the school, teaching students about conservation, responsible agriculture, and leadership.
Whitehaven Elementary STEM School teachers in their current garden!
JOHN P. FREEMAN OPTIONAL SCHOOL - LIFE IN THE GARDEN
With new science standards for the 2018-19 year, teachers at John P. Freeman Optional School have decided to bring interdisciplinary learning to the garden! Jessica Moorhead and her team are turning an unused outdoor space into a thriving garden, with students designing, engineering, building, and creating a brand-new space. K-8 students will become leaders in their school through the creation of the garden, focusing on: Interdependence, Flow of Matter and Energy, Earth and Human Activity, Journaling and Research. Students who participate will have the opportunity to enrich their leadership skills as garden ambassadors, and the gardening club will foster relationships between middle and elementary students. We can't wait to sit in their beautiful garden!
John P. Freeman teachers in their future garden space!
ASPIRE EAST ACADEMY - ASPIRE 4 WARD
At Aspire East Academy, the Aspire 4 Ward Project’s purpose is to offer the special population group (Special Education, ELL, and Tier II students) at Aspire'S campus with access to technology programs like IXL, Touch Math, and Seesaw, that would help close gaps in learning and provide opportunities for real-world learning. Providing the special populations group with access these programs will help build student confidence, which will in turn develop student leaders among a population that is often overlooked.
Our ELL kids have been using the Writing A to Z program we purchased with the LIFE grant money to improve their writing skills. They will be working on a creative writing creation or journal. They will then use doodle (another program) to create short animated works based on their story. Our special education students have enjoyed writing and videotaping themselves. We are looking at making a short documentary about the life of a sped student from an elementary perspective. Wish me luck!
The students have enjoyed their experiences so far. They are more engaged in the learning process. As a team, we are ecstatic to see how well they are using technology to increase their levels of confidence and academic engagement. This grant has allowed us to dream big. We purchased a writing program to improve the writing skills for our ELL's and sped. We purchased Moby Max and IXL to differentiate learning for our students, we purchased doodle at a great price to incorporate animation on a different level. We are looking to purchase a used iPad to use to make a video of our final projects. Without this grant, we would not have been able to make these great things possible for our kids.
CROSSTOWN HIGH AND GRIZZLIES PREP - PARTNERS IN INNOVATION
LLI Memphis 2018 host Crosstown High and their partner school, Grizzlies Prep, are leading the way for Memphis students to engage in their educations through real-world, innovative learning and educational spaces. With exceptional leaders and teachers, we can't wait to see the amazing work they do this year!