2016/2017 Innovative Learning Grants

ILG logoEach year the HHEF awards Innovative Learning Grants to Hatboro-Horsham educators for projects that enrich the district’s curriculum and expand our students’ learning experiences.


This year, the HHEF awarded 10 Innovative Learning Grants totaling over $48,000 dollars!

We honored those Hatboro-Horsham educators & principals who received grants at the Horsham Athletic Club on October 25, 2016.


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Innovative Learning Grants Reception 2016

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Here are brief descriptions of those grants:


Creating a 21st Century Digital Art Room
Russell Coleman & Michael Kapusta; Hatboro-Horsham High School (Grades 9 – 12)
A 21st Century Digital Art classroom is a place where teachers and students are using the latest in cutting edge technology to create the highest quality designs and digital art. This grant provides for the purchase of hardware that will advance art curriculum and provide students with university and professional level experiences in the fields of illustration, graphics design and digital art and design.  ($5934)

Growth Through iPads
Tara Grow; Simmons Elementary School (Grade 3)
All students, especially students with disabilities, require increased opportunities to engage in mainstream learning concepts with a specific focus on improving retention skills. This grant provides iPads for students in a Learning Support Classroom, allowing their teachers to expand the curriculum and teach students new ways to retain skills, research concepts, organize data, and develop skills to become independent and self-reliant. By implementing iPads in this classroom, students with disabilities learn skills similar to those of their non-disabled peers.  ($4,574)

Hybrid Learning Classroom
Megan DiLossi; Simmons Elementary School (Grade 4)
This grant for software and related equipment is a continuation of the 2014-15 & 2015-16 Hybrid Learning Classroom grants. A hybrid learning environment allows students to learn through a variety of formats; the teacher develops skill-based lessons that meet the needs of each individual student. The 21st Century skills developed in this hybrid classroom include sustained independent learning and interpersonal skills needed to collaborate with others; allowing students to grow both academically and personally.  ($4,600)

Innovate! Collaborate! Interact!
Amy Orlando; Simmons Elementary School (Grade K)

This grant provides for the purchase of two SMART collaborative learning centers for students in Simmons kindergarten classrooms. The SMART centers are engaging technology centers with 42” LCD touch sensitive surfaces. By touching the surface, students create, select, move and resize digital objects. Up to eight students work on a the surface at one time. This encourages collaboration and cooperation as students learn concepts together building on their social and academic development.  ($7,000)

KV Maker Space
Valerie Fasy, Christine Fleming & Carol Miller; Keith Valley Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)

The KV MakerSpace was launched in September, 2015 as an exploratory learning environment in which students, build, invent, question, and engage in meaningful activities using a variety of resources, including a 3D printer. This grant, a continuation of the 2015 KV MakerSpace grant, provides additional equipment and software to expand opportunities for students to create and collaborate using technology and hands-on materials in a creative DIY workspace. The MakerSpace environment encourages students to experiment and explore and fosters interest in STEAM fields.  ($5,446)

LEGO Robot Invasion
Kevin Deissler, Dan Beck, Amy Ambler, John Schumann, Eric Glemser & Nicole Miletto;

Blair Mill, Crooked Billet, Hallowell and Pennypack Elementary Schools (Grades 3 – 5)
Look out! The robots are coming…LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robots. This grant updates robots at four elementary schools to LEGO EV3 robots, the same kind of robots currently used by the middle and high school programs.  Robotics will be implemented in both math and science courses; students will build and program their robots to certain specifications to achieve specific challenges.  ($7,000)

Minding Our Minds
Meg Class; Simmons Elementary School (Grade 1) 

A key to successful learning is continuing to develop our minds throughout our lives. This program, a continuation of the 2015-16 Minding Our Minds grant, brings Jacquie O’Malley, Director of the Center for Mindfulness & Wellness, to Simmons to work with all five first grade classes. She will teach students techniques to maximize their learning by understanding how they can manage their mind and focus, strengthen their impulse control, become more aware and to apply these skills throughout the day.  ($5,000)

Movement in the Classroom
Julie Maloney; Crooked Billet Elementary School (Grades K – 5)
When people think about a typical elementary classroom setting, they think of students quietly sitting in rows with a teacher standing in the front of the room teaching. However, research has shown that more movement in the classroom equals better grades, better behavior, and better bodies. Exercise can play a major role in learning, integrating movement into the school day “turns the brain on” and keeps the brain working and growing. This grant provides equipment that will allow students to be physically active during class, and will expand participation in a before-school exercise program.  ($1.650)

Trout in the Classroom
John Schumann & Sarah Carner; Pennypack Elementary School (Grades 2 & 4)      
Trout in the Classroom provides 2nd and 4th graders with the exciting opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary and environmental education program designed around introducing cold water conservation education. Students raise brook trout, a native coldwater species, from eggs to fingerlings within their classroom. They develop an understanding of connections between healthy watershed and ecosystems, and the importance of conservation to ensure the survival of a healthy environment.    ($560)

Ultimaker 3D Printers & Form Scanner
Adam Killion; Hatboro-Horsham High School (Grades 9 – 12)

This grant provides for the purchase of two 3D printers, a scanner and related materials for engineering design, architecture, industrial technology and C.A.D. and manufacturing engineering classes. With this equipment students will design and print products and models, bringing their concepts to life and allowing them to experiment with design and engineering principals and concepts.   ($6,727)