Grants Awarded

11 YEARS—115+ grants totaling over $450,000

The LEF is proud to help foster innovation, create meaningful change, and prepare students for a global economy through our LEF Grant Program.

2016-2017

Arianna String Quartet
The Arianna String Quartet will visit the high school orchestra classes 4-5 times to work with students on advanced pieces of music and to share with students the experiences of professional performing musicians. Students will also see the quartet perform in concert.

Brain Dissection Lab at SLU
A.P. Psychology students at LHWHS will take part in a guided sheep brain dissection at St. Louis University. This pilot program will allow for 150 students in the fall of 2017.

Composting
The Green Team Leaders at the Fifth Grade Center are composting in the school cafeteria in order to cut down waste, learn more about composting, and take care of their school community and environment. 

Eagles Stepping to Success
Eagles Stepping to Success is a pilot plan to implement a universal social skills program for kindergarten through second grade students at Old Bonhomme Elementary and K-1 students at Reed Elementary.  This social skills program focuses on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving.

Eclipse Eyewear
Eclipse glasses were purchased for all staff and students, pre kindergarten through twelfth grades, in order to safely observe all phases of the total eclipse on August 21, 2017. The total eclipse will be the first for Ladue School District students, since the last one occurred in St. Louis in 1979, when many observed the eclipse using pin-holes in shoe boxes! This is a major scientific event, and is especially exciting because St. Louis is in the "Zone of Totality.” 

Google Expeditions
Google Expeditions uses Google's vast library of resources, such as Google Earth and Google Street View, to make a collection(s) of virtual reality panoramas and 3D images, annotated with details, points of interest and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.

Green Schools Initiative (Continuation)
A part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s primary initiative, this program accelerates the transformation of schools and campuses by involving students in conversations with key decision-makers, collaborating with education and environmental associations, and utilizing the tools and resources that help make green schools possible.

Mini PCR Beta Test
Students will use field-grade biotech equipment to work on the Plant DNA Barcode Project within the Deer Creek Watershed to help us better manage and maintain our floodplain with additional future work projected in other areas once our LHWHS greenhouse is built.

Alumni Partnership with Patrick Henry Downtown Academy
Thanks to the generosity of Ladue Horton Watkins High School Class of 1966, laptop computers are being supplied to Patrick Henry Downtown Academy in the St. Louis Public School District. In honor of their 50th reunion, alumni raised funds to purchase naming opportunities at the renovated high school. In addition they allocated some of their funds to reach beyond Ladue School District boundaries and assist a city school with its technology needs. 

Play Counseling Room
This grant enables the purchase of selected play materials and the set up of an area/room in the school where the counselors can facilitate the development of a safe relationship for the child to fully express and explore self through play, the child's natural medium of communication, for optimal growth and development. 

Refurbishment of French Horns
This grant to refurbish the entire collection of French horns in Ladue Schools was made possible by the generous support of Scott Hammann.

Screenagers Documentary Screening
The film Screenagers was presented at LHWHS, in collaboration with the LHWHS Parent Association, LMS Parent Association, and Ladue West Parent Association. The film explores family life and the struggles many parents face with their kids' use of social media, video games, and internet addiction. The hour-long documentary was followed by a discussion with a panel of experts in education and psychology, who provided additional insight and suggestions for finding balance.

Speaking Engagement: Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult”
Julie Lythcott-Haims, bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. The dynamic presentation and discussion was co-sponsored by John Burroughs School, Priory, Whitfield, the LHWHS Parent Association and the LMS Parent Association.

STEM Learning Library
The STEM Learning Library provides teachers with classroom activities, learning opportunities and specialized equipment used to enhance the student experience. The library is designed to foster student engineering/technology experiences and crosscurricular integration, as well as to support an inquiry-based teaching model. From a simple one-period activity to a full-day investigation, the STEM Learning Library activities are scalable to meet just about any learning opportunity, for students at every grade level, pre kindergarten through twelfth, without requiring expensive acquisition of building-specific equipment or extensive planning for teachers.

STEM Scouts (Continuation)
STEM Scouts is a national pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) focused on fun ways for girls and boys, grades three through twelve, to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STEM Scouts encourages the natural curiosity of young minds as they develop skills in leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and communication. Using hands-on activities, field trips, and interaction with STEM professionals, youth expand their knowledge of academic concepts while they have fun and make friends. The LEF is proud to partner with the BSA and Ladue School District STEM Coordinator, Dr. Kevin McColgan, to bring this pilot program to our schools.

Tower Garden Growing System for Preschoolers
To continue growing in winter, the LECC uses the Tower Garden to show the stages of produce from seedling to harvest. It is an indoor growing system located in the cafeteria.

Wells Fargo Grant for Musical Instruments
The Wells Fargo grant provides funding for instruments for grades four through twelve for students who wish to participate in music programs, but whose families are unable to afford the instrument rental fees.

2015-2016

Backyard BrainsThe Backyard Brains grant provides hands-on experience learning about neuroscience by funding two Muscle Spiker Boxes, which record and display electrical impulses of muscles at rest and during contraction with an electromyogram (EMG), along with a human-to-human interface. The device will be shared between sixth grade Idea Lab students, PE classes at LMS, and AP Psychology classes at LHWHS. 

Bringing Literacy into the HomeBooks collected and purchased help create home libraries for low-income families at the LECC, improving literacy in multiple communities, including those where English is the second language. In addition, meetings are arranged, with interpreters if necessary, to discuss the importance of reading at home. The goal is to improve literacy.

Chromebook Computers25 Chromebooks for the eighth-grade math department at LMS, including management licenses, are provided by the generous support of Cate and Dean Small.

Code Red ClubThe first LEF grant awarded to a student led project, this funds a coding club at LMS. The purpose of the club is to increase student interest in technology and coding while teaching them how to code using Code Red curriculum.

Creation StationThe LEF grant, in combination with a grant from Boeing, funds a Creation Station at Reed School. Students propose a plan, generate a concept or idea, and then construct a model of their design.

Discovery EdThe LEF is proud to collaborate with the Ladue School District to bring the Ladue STEM Leader Corps to our schools as part of the district’s partnership with Discovery Education. Ladue STEM Leader Corps is a four-year commitment to professional learning and leadership intentionally designed to build and sustain a culture of STEM teaching and learning throughout the district. Twenty-five teachers from different grade levels and subject areas (not just math and science) will take part in high-quality professional development, classroom coaching, and cross-curricular collaboration. As capacity is built, teachers will work with colleagues to transform, experience and implement new STEM-based educational practices.

Drumming for DiversityA REMO World Drumming 16-Piece Tubano Package was purchased for Old Bonhomme Elementary School. The drums, which can be shared with the other elementary schools, provide opportunities to participate in multicultural music experiences while improvising and composing with rhythms.

Giant Chess SetThe giant chess set at Spoede School, provided by the generous support of Sherry and Danny Wolk, enables students to play chess and increase higher level thinking skills, advance math and strategy skills, and build self-confidence.

HP LaserJet PrinterThe purchase of an HP LaserJet Printer for Project Lead the Way engineering classes at LHWHS was made possible by funding from Cate and Dean Small. The printer provides engineering students with the ability to make high-quality, professional presentation materials and to properly document their work in their engineering notebooks.

Increasing Teacher Effectiveness Using Video-Enhanced Peer CoachingTeachers at LHWHS have the opportunity to increase their effectiveness, impacting the quality of instruction, by using a Swivl device along with an iPad to video tape themselves while teaching. Recordings can be used for peer coaching and reflection.

Innovative Learning SpacesTeaching and learning are thought to be more successful in a collaborative environment. This grant provides moveable furniture along with whiteboards, which creates a collaborative environment for a high school math class. The feedback on the success of this pilot grant will be helpful in the renovation of the high school.

Journey Into The Unseen Micro WorldThis pilot program establishes the use of twelve microscopes with a cart to allow students to see the microscopic world, helping to excite them about science. The microscopes can be used by every classroom teacher in the school for specific science strands, reaching all children. This grant was partially made possible by the generous support of Wells Fargo Advisors’ WFA Gives 2015.

Math Textbooks
New textbooks for the LHWHS math department are provided by a generous grant from Cate and Dean Small.

Music Teacher Wish ListAs a result ofsponsorships and donations made to our Annual Spring Event, Rhythm & Hues, over $36,000 in musical instruments, equipment and programming for all Ladue Schools was funded in April and May of 2016.

 

Instruments

New musical instruments, including Sousaphones, Brazilian Surdos, Taiko Drums, Bass, King Baritone Horns, Mallets, Xylophones, a Pearl Concert Tom Set and a Metallophone Set.

Support Materials

Support materials for music classrooms, including lights, stands, song card sets, dry erase boards, folders, crates and expansion of music and video libraries.

Technology

Audio systems, computer workstations, blue-tooth speakers, iPods and amplifiers for use in music lessons, classroom projects, parades and assemblies.

Enrichment

Guest clinician orchestral instruction and field trips to musical performances.

Osmos Oh We Want Osmos
The Osmo is a learner-led system used with an iPad that allows users to draw, build confidence in creative productions, increase creativity, expand on fine motor skills and use visual, special abilities and nonverbal reasoning. This grant provides an Osmo for each art pod in the Fifth Grade Center art classroom, to which all students can be exposed.

Pedal Your Way to Success
A set of portable and silent pedal bikes enables Reed students to be more engaged and energized while moving. Students can pedal during regular classroom activities, helping them to focus.

Physics Probes
A generous grant from the Intermec Foundation provides PASCO wireless science probeware for LHWHS. These state-of-the art probes are used for measuring temperature, pressure, current, conductivity, and many other crucial variables.

Stand Up for Learning
Research has shown that our brains function more optimally when the body is engaged. Therefore, teachers from different schools and grades will be piloting the use of several types of standing desks and tables. This pilot will give the teachers and the administration the needed data about which desks work best for our student body.

STEM Scouts
STEM Scouts is a national pilot program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) focused on fun ways for girls and boys, grades three through twelve, to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STEM Scouts encourages the natural curiosity of young minds as they develop skills in leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and communication. Using hands-on activities, field trips, and interaction with STEM professionals, youth expand their knowledge of academic concepts while they have fun and make friends. The LEF is proud to partner with the BSA and Ladue School District STEM Coordinator, Dr. Kevin McColgan, to bring this pilot program to our schools.

T.H.E P.A.C.T
T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is a research-based, 4-step teaching framework. It has been used to bridge the gap between general education and special education. It provides teachers with a blueprint for universal design for learning that can be aligned with the common core. This framework systemizes instruction for the teacher and student.


2014-2015

Rockets
A rocket launch program will now be the conclusion of the eighth grade science unit on forces and motion. Students will actively participate and see scientific principles at work, including how the acceleration of a moving object is affected by its mass and the amount of net force applied.

The Megan Meier Foundation
The LEF will partner with the Ladue Middle School Parent Association to fund a presentation about Megan Meier who committed suicide after being cyber-bullied. Through this moving presentation, students will become more familiar with the dangers of bullying and cyber-bullying as well as develop traits of integrity, responsibility and empathetic understanding.

Problem Rewrite Night
Local high school math teachers, and possibly some university professors, will be invited to Ladue for a “problem rewrite night.” Teachers will submit problems to be rewritten, with the aim of making each math problem a more authentic task, including higher rigor, and possibly engaging the use of technology. Ultimately, the goal is to create a database of problems of higher difficulty, upon which teachers can draw.

Computers & Character
The LEF will supply the Ladue Early Childhood Center with a SMART Board to determine the effectiveness of this interactive learning technology as an instructional tool for the district’s youngest students.

Advanced Physics Tutorial
Tools purchased for this grant allow teachers and students to create online videos of physics concepts and problems, offering substantially greater support to our physics students at all levels.

Genius Hour
Modeled after a program at Google, Genius Hour allows students to research and ultimately report on topics about which they are passionate. The grant award helps provide supplies and the Ladue Education Foundation will help provide real-world content experts to meet with young researchers.

SORTing It Out In Ladue at OB
This project helps students, staff and parents learn about personal identity, belonging, acceptance and self worth. The project includes pre-activities, a play about acceptance and post-activities that complement the district’s character education programming.

The Mobile Modern and Classical Languages Library
This project provides tools and experiences to help students master foreign languages. The project focuses on reading, summarization and storytelling using a mobile library, technology and effective strategies. Ladue Middle School students and local businesses are engaged to make connections in real life.

3D Printer
The grant for a Makerbot 3D Printer for LHWHS is made possible in part by the generosity of the Class of 1960. Unlike a traditional subtractive manufacturing process in which an object is carved out of a piece of material, 3D printing is an additive process in which an object is built over time by stacking layers of material directly on top of each other. 3D printers are used in classrooms to enhance and reinforce STEAM and design skills, presenting real-world challenges to students and engaging them with a hands-on approach to problem solving.

TI-Navigator System Expansion
The TI-Navigator System is highly engaging, cutting-edge math technology. The system creates a wireless classroom network of TI-Nspire CX handheld calculators, helping teachers break down barriers to student success and allowing for greater student/ teacher communication and interaction. The system impacts every math student at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, as well as many Algebra students at Ladue Middle School.

Color Laser Printer
Color laser printer will be used by students at Ladue Middle School to print reference photos in color to create art projects.

Amoco Clay Rollers
Clay rollers will be used at Old Bonhomme Elementary to emboss, texture, and print into clay slabs.

Twelve 16-inch Wooden Drawing Mannequins
Artists use mannequins for drawing the human figure. Students will learn how to draw correct body proportions.

Three Visiting Artists
LHWHS will invite artists to work with our students by having the artist give a lecture and a demonstration.

Ceramic Kiln Shelves
These kiln shelves will be used at LHWHS in the electric kilns during the ceramic firing process.

Nitride Bond Carbide Kiln Shelves
These new kiln shelves (lightweight and high fire) will be used to replace older, cracked carbide shelves in the kiln at LHWHS.

Pyrometer and Sleeve
The pyrometer and sleeve will be used to measure temperature in the kilns used for the LHWHS ceramics program.

Public Art Pieces for the Fifth Grade Center
Materials will be purchased to create larger, grand scale type of sculptures, murals and mosaics to be installed at the FGC.

Four iPad Minis plus Apple Care
Having iPads in the art classroom will allow students to explore and plan art projects before building, drawing or painting.

Gelli Printing Plates
Conway students will use Gelli plates to experience the printmaking process.

Pixma Pro-1 Printer
The printer will be used by photography students at LHWHS for printing color on photography paper.

Green Building Project
Through a partnership with R.E.A. Homes, high school students are able to visit the active construction site of a green home as it is being built.

Podium for Performing Arts Center
This podium for the Performing Arts Center at LHWHS is used for public speaking, school presentations, and as a lectern.

Fifth Grade Center Library
The new Fifth Grade Center, also known as the Ladue West Campus, received a grant from the LEF to provide initial set-up funds for its establishment.

Green Schools Initiative (Continuation from 2013-14)
For the past two years, the Missouri Botanical Garden has partnered with the LEF to help Ladue Middle School students find ways to make the school more sustainable. 350 seventh grade students have participated in the Green Schools Program, performing energy and waste audits of the LMS facilities and developing action projects that used the data to improve the school’s environmental impact. With the help of teachers such as Colleen Diebel, students implemented projects like planning a pollinator garden, pairing recycling bins with every trash can in the building, creating new signage around the building to encourage energy conservation and recycling procedures, and gaining permission for a schoolwide composting program.

A part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s primary initiative, this program accelerates the transformation of schools and campuses by involving students in conversations with key decision-makers, collaborating with education and environmental associations, and utilizing the tools and resources that help make green schools possible.

Got GPS? Geo Cache
This program provides GPS devices for Ladue Middle School to use in enrichment activities. The Geo Cache lessons allow students to gain knowledge of technological tools, find exact location using longitude and latitude, learn historical facts, find caches, create caches, and share new knowledge.

2013-2014

TI-Navigator System Expansion

The TI-Navigator System is highly engaging, cutting-edge math technology. The system creates a wireless classroom network of TI-Nspire CX handheld calculators, helping teachers break down barriers to student success and allowing for greater student/ teacher communication and interaction. The system impacts every math student at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, as well as many Algebra students at Ladue Middle School.

Solar Powered Cars with Gears

Through this program, Ladue Middle School “Build a Lot” students learn how solar energy is turned into electricity. By adding a gear component, design and math concepts are presented so that a single concept becomes a multi-disciplinary, inquiry-based unit.

Recess: Real World Learning

This opportunity at Old Bonhomme Elementary expands the creative opportunities students have at recess by providing them with a stimulating variety of “loose parts” to be kept in a child-accessible storage facility.

My Summer Reading Life

This pilot program at Spoede Elementary aims to match struggling readers and students who have limited access to reading material with appropriate, interesting books and to partner these readers with teachers who will engage, motivate and celebrate them as they read to help prevent the “summer slip.”

3D Printer

With the generous help of Mako3D, LEF purchased a 3D printer for the Project Lead the Way program at LHWHS that allows staff to provide professional resources and experience for our students.

FGC Producing Products to Sell

The Fifth Grade Center uses a thermal imager to create screens for silk screening and a professional button press during art classes, Intervention/Enrichment Block courses and for extracurricular clubs. This project incorporates technology programs where students design products and learn skills in technology, design and business.

Got GPS? Geo Cache

This program provides GPS devices (that were successfully piloted at Spoede Elementary School) for Conway, Reed, and Old Bonhomme Elementary Schools to use in enrichment activities.

Ladue Explorers

This grant provides materials for the Ladue Explorers program at Old Bonhomme Elementary School; a mentor/mentee program matching underperforming elementary students with middle school students.

Green Schools Initiative

A part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s primary initiative, this program accelerates the transformation of schools and campuses by involving students in conversations with key decision-makers, arranging collaborations with education and environmental associations, and utilizing tools and resources that help make schools “green”.

2012-2013

Mandarin Chinese Expansion

The Mandarin Chinese pilot program was a success; therefore, the Ladue Education Foundation approved this grant request for the creation of course materials for 2 additional semesters of Mandarin Chinese at Reed Elementary School, including training and mentoring time for additional teachers.

LHWHS Business Plan Competition

Students in the marketing and business courses at LHWHS had the opportunity to work with community and business leaders to develop business plans. Modeled after the Skandalaris Center at Washington University, the final documents were critiqued and judged, with scholarships being awarded to the winning business plans.

TI-Navigator System

Two portable, wireless classrooms at LHWHS were created using the latest in calculator technology. The calculators are interactive and allow students to manipulate numbers, points, lines and functions while teachers monitor their students’ success.

Reed TV

Reed Elementary School created a school-wide broadcasting program, allowing students to improve writing, public speaking, technology and media skills.

WeatherBug

A state-of-the-art weather station, installed on the top of Ladue Middle School, creates real-time weather data to involve every member of the Ladue Schools community in the development of STEM skills.

Ladue Early Childhood Center Garden

This project provides a hands-on learning tool for preschoolers and an opportunity to partner with fifth-grade students on outdoor gardening projects.

JA Finance Park (Continuation from previous year)

This program is an extraordinary learning opportunity that offers students an experiential education in business economics, personal financial management, and career exploration through classroom instruction and active participation in a simulated community. Students face the challenges of making adult decisions, such as how to pay bills and manage their money for a family.

CogMed Expansion

This grant was an expansion of an existing CogMed online memory program, aimed at assisting students who exhibit deficits in their executive functioning.

Acellus AP Calculus

This program provides online practice to help students prepare for Advanced Placement (AP) exams through question-and-answer practice and online videos that help with problem areas.

2011-2012

HS Robotics

Thanks to the Foundation’s seed funding and the dedication of teachers and administrators, Robotics is now offered at the grade school and middle school levels, and this grant ensures that the Robotics program will be incorporated into the existing high school program to improve 21st century STEM experiences.

Mandarin Chinese

Second graders participate in a 12-week pilot Mandarin Chinese after-school program, designed to introduce and explore the Chinese language and its culture.

CogMed Memory Program

CogMed Working Memory Training is a computer-based solution for attention problems caused by poor working memory. In this program, cognitive neuroscience is combined with innovative computer game design to enhance and/or increase students’ working memory skills while improving focus in the classroom.

JA Finance Park Simulation

This program is an extraordinary learning opportunity that offers students an experiential education in business economics, personal financial management, and career exploration through classroom instruction and active participation in a simulated community. Students face the challenges of making adult decisions, such as how to pay bills and manage their money for a family.

Cycle of Success

This program coordinates extracurricular interventions that promote the achievement of all students at Ladue Horton Watkins High School (with a primary focus on the African-American student population).

2010-2011

Robotics Curriculum – What NXT?

All Ladue Middle School sixth-graders are being offered robotics as part of their exploratory curriculum. This is an extension of an original pilot robotics grant that began at the grade-school level, which now impacts more than 1,000 students in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Narrowing the Achievement Gap with iPads

A pilot program at Spoede Elementary School provided a select group of students (without computer access in their homes) access to an iPad, giving them the ability to complete and submit homework, do Internet research, check teachers’ websites for assignments and much more from home. The hope is to expand the educational opportunities of students and families who don’t have access to technology at home.

STRIDE (Students Taking Rigorous Instruction Developing Exceptionally) 

Headed by Ladue Horton Watkins High School social studies teacher Rob Good, this pilot program provided academic, social and college exploration support to African-American sophomores at LHWHS.

Link Crew Basic Training

Link is the high school’s successful freshman orientation and mentoring program. This grant provided funds to expand this effort by providing resources to train two additional faculty members. This helped strengthen the advisory efforts of this program. A regional training program for Link was held at the Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

Moving and Learning Lab

Old Bonhomme Elementary received a grant to create a mobile Moving and Learning Lab, providing valuable opportunities for students to combine getting their bodies physically active while keeping their minds academically active.

In addition to faculty grants, in 2010-2011, LEF continued the Speakers’ Series.

2009-2010

Truman Library – International Relations (continuation)

Students were provided the opportunity to take a field trip to the Harry S. Truman Library for a foreign policy simulation on international relations.

Reed/Patrick Henry Diversity Partnership (continuation)

This grant continued the joint collaboration with Patrick Henry Elementary School through an author visit, book study and musical theater workshops to bring students from two divergent groups together to promote community-building.

S’Cool Tools Robotics

S’Cool Tools Robotics provided students with STEM instruction in and outside of the classroom by taking students into the technological world of Robotics.

Building Literacy

Staff members were trained to be literacy coaches, where they learned best practices in literary instruction.

Parent University

The Ladue Education Foundation provided underwriting for a district-wide “Parent University” event, focusing on a variety of topics relevant for parents of children in kindergarten through twelfth.

Science 2.0: Heat It Up

Hardware and other materials used to collect data for science inquiry were purchased in order to help integrate technology at a new level.

Teaching Reading Skills

LEF provided two days of professional development for three Ladue District teachers, who were trained in the learning styles and instructional strategies of Silver, Strong and Associates. The ultimate goal was to help achieve deeper reading comprehension and higher-thinking levels in our students by helping teachers deliver specific, direct and effective instruction in research-based strategies.

GPS Orienteering

The GPS devices were purchased for geocaching at Spoede Elementary, which helped to integrate science, mathematics, outdoor education and physical education, as well teach students about partnership and teamwork.

In addition to faculty grants, in 2009-2010 LEF also developed a Speakers Series, as well as community partnership programs with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Monsanto.

2008-2009

Reed/Patrick Henry Diversity Partnership (continuation)
The Reed/Patrick Henry Diversity project from 2007-2008 was continued with this grant.

Art in the Limelight (continuation)

This grant continued the 2007-2008 efforts to bring the best of available community and national arts into the lives of our students with the Art in the Limelight Festival.

Truman Library – International Relations

Students were provided the opportunity to take a field trip to the Harry S. Truman Library for a foreign policy simulation on international relations.

LMS Math Achievement Initiative

In order to increase math achievement and understanding for students who were performing below grade level, college tutors were hired to provide math support.

Reed’s Outstanding BOTS (ROBOTS)

Two Reed gifted specialists attended a 5-day course “Teaching Robotics using LEGO Mindstorms Robotics” at Carnegie Mellon University to advance Reed’s robotics programs.

Leveled Literacy Intervention

Fountas and Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention materials were purchased in order to develop highly skilled reading teachers and independent, successful readers in kindergarten through second.

LECC Care Team Professional Development

Professional development was funded for a Care Team to provide teachers with necessary strategies, resources, assessments and feedback to help with individual student challenges.

Listen UP! Conway Digital Bookshelf

Audiobooks were purchased for the Conway library to improve reading performance through technology, enabling struggling readers to participate in grade-level literary experiences, build positive attitudes toward literature for reluctant readers and enable auditory learners to enjoy literature in their preferred learning style.

Digital Voice Recorders for Spanish

Digital voice recorders were purchased to use in activities to improve oral proficiency in elementary Spanish students.

Technology in PE

Three g-force bikes were purchased to enhance student workouts at Ladue Middle School; they provided 13 custom workout programs, including heart rate training.

Strengthening Reading Skills

The goal of this program was to help increase student reading skills through use of the computer-based Reading Plus Program that individualizes fluency, tracking, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

2007-2008

Art in the Limelight

The Art in the Limelight festival provided students with experiences in visual and communication arts, music and drama.

Geo Fitness Mats

LEF enhanced education curriculum by providing GeoMats, which helped students recognize the components of “skills-related fitness” such as agility, balance, coordination, reaction time, speed and power.

School Tube Video

This project created a teacher-moderated, video hosting website for the Ladue Schools community to share and upload student and district based videos.

Discovery Education Science

This project allowed science teachers to target student misconceptions and instruct through technology with the Discovery Education Science Connection formative assessment science education tool.

LMS Battle of the Books

An incentive-based reading program including a small peer book talk, plus a book battle competition, was piloted with this grant.

On the B.A.L.L.

Ball chairs were introduced in six classrooms, providing “active sitting” to enhance attention, focus and concentration and promote learning through movement in the classroom.

Reed/Patrick Henry Diversity Partnership

Reed School and Patrick Henry Elementary School partnered to bring two divergent groups together to promote community-building with character education, music and outdoor learning.

Study Island Before/After School Programming

Study Island software licenses were purchased to help students who needed reinforcement in math and reading in a before/after school setting.