IPEI Announces Round 2 Grants and Expands Criteria for March 29

February 17, 2017

Facebook photo for harp 2IPEI has announced the Teacher Grants and Red and Gold Grants awarded during the second round of  2016-17 applications by teachers and others working with Ithaca City School District students. According to Grants Committee Chair Connie Patterson, “$8850 was allocated for four Red and Gold Grants and seven Teacher Grants.” In addition, there are two Connecting Classroom Grants (max. $10,000 each) being implemented at Belle Sherman Elementary School and DeWitt Middle School (see lists below).

IPEI’s grants programs are funded by the Annual Adult Spelling Bee coming up on Sunday, March 5, and through the support of individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Steve Manley, executive director of IPEI, expressed, “We’re excited to open up our third round of grants to Teacher Grants along with Red and Gold Grants, and to consider applications for activities that would go into effect at the beginning of the 17-18 school year!” March 29 is the Round 3 deadline; information on each type of grant and how to apply can be found at ipei.org/grants


Teacher Grants Round 2


Go Local With History
Cindy Kramer/Boynton with Director and Staff of The History Center of Tompkins County


Breaching Social Barriers with Merengue
Sharon Nelson and Jeannette Palmer/Boynton with Jorge Cuevas’ Percussion and Dance Workshops
Eagle Huntress: New Connections to Ancient Traditions
Kristin Herman/DeWitt with Cinemapolis
The Moveable Mosaic
Judy Cogan/Fall Creek, Enfield with John Crutchfield
Food Glorious Food…A Study in Food through Art
Kelly Craft/BJM with Susan Zehnder, Johnson Museum of Art
Building Cross-Cultural Communication and Community, One Ping Pong Game at a Time
Carol Hoffman/DeWitt with Fred Sciarra, Coordinator of Hole in the Paddle Table Tennis Club; Gideon Teitel, President of the Cornell University Table Tennis Club; and Julie Coulumbe, Coordinator of TST BOCES Adult ESL Program
LACS Women’s Build
Judith Paskin/ LACS with Maria Klemperer-Johnson, The Hammerstone School of Carpentry for Women


Red and Gold Grants Round 2

Bridges to Learning
Shaun Errichiello/LACS
Animal Print Landscapes
Aileen Grainger/Caroline
Student-Centered Classroom Design
Mary Beth McDaniel/Northeast
Inclusive Playground Project
Mary Grover/Caroline


Connecting Classrooms Grants (as of Feb. 16, 2017)

Belle Sherman Elementary School: Outdoor Learning Space & Nature Trail Development – PHASE II
Lead ICSD Applicant: Dan Breiman
With ICSD teachers: Randi Beckmann, Allison Trdan, Monica Lang, Sheila Bowman, Viviana Sitz, and Deb Sidhu; Caroline Elementary School teachers
This is a project that continues to encourage high-level energy and engaging, authentic, and local curriculum work. The timing is optimal to build on the already existing excitement and curiosity around the Belle Sherman outdoor learning space begun in 2015-16. This will help to create deep and meaningful learning opportunities.


DeWitt Middle School: Communicating Science Through Exhibits and Demonstrations
Lead ICSD Applicants: Elizabeth Quadrozzi and Yvette DeBoer, DeWitt Middle School, with teachers Linda Sterk and Carol Hoffman; and Roberson Museum and Science Center, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Sciencenter, Museum of the Earth, Physics Bus, and Cornell Raptor Program
To support bringing in various community organizations to do a demonstration for students on how they design exhibits to teach others or design demonstrations to engage the listener.


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