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Educator-Designed Projects Earn VEA Mini-Grants

Our members have fantastic ideas for how to best teach and reach Virginia’s young people, and one way VEA backs those efforts is our Mini-Grant program. Each year, educators from around the state apply for funding to launch innovative lessons in their classrooms and schools. Each year, members of VEA’s Instruction and Professional Development Committee face the tough task of going through those applications and selecting the winners.

Here are the winning projects and members for the 2016-17 school year:

Choice Reading Project: Engaging High School Students
Jill Kerns, Fairfax

Getting’ Ducky With It
Jodi Davidson, Bristol

Reading Perk Up
Priscilla Judd, Page County

Fine Motor Fun Board
Dawn King Lewis, Covington

Improving Student Learning and Engagement using Flexible Seating and Daily 5
Dawn Napper, Spotsylvania

K’Nex:  Connecting Hands to Minds
Dwight Huyard, Harrisonburg

Lego my Math-o!
Barbara Haas, Richmond City

Your Wish is My Command
Anne Straume, Albemarle

Multiplication Masters – Rhymes N’ Times
Wendy Bowers, Frederick

Family Literacy Night
Dana Watson and Brittany Crabtree, Frederick

Connecting Girl Power to STEAM Adventures
Nancy Rader, James Herd and Stephanie Knost, Chesterfield

Maria Sarahan, Richmond City

This is How I Roll:  Programming with BB-8
Chantea Wright, Richmond City

Gross Motor Play and Independence for Students with Limited Mobility
Angela Deeds, Campbell

Effective Communication Through Visual Literacy
Dawn Buehler, Frederick

Everybody Read!
Jayne Machleit and Donna Huff, Culpeper

Cool Cats and Coding
Lorraine Hedgepeth, Wythe

Making Math Meaningful
Ann Bullock, Prince William

High Level Inquiry for Lower Level Learners
Heather LaBelle-Spillman, Spotsylvania



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