Innovation in Learning Environments Grant Winners
The Kansas City Chapter is proud to announce the
winners of our fourth annual Innovation in Learning Environments Grant. The board reviewed
the applications anonymously, with all specific district and name information removed. The
submissions were all well thought out, wonderful ideas on how to impact learning for kids in
our area. It was a difficult decision, but the following four entries were selected as winners of
$2,000 each for 2021.
Focusing on the E – Adding Engineering Challenges to our STEM Makerspace
Engineering Essentials curricular components for 1st - 5th grade students to explore hands-on
engineering design challenges.
- Blue Valley School District, Timber Creek Elementary School
- Paula Naden, Librarian
RayPec Enterprise & Design
Flexible furniture to support integrated, problem-based learning opportunities where students
connect directly with business partners.
- Raymore Peculiar School District, Raymore Peculiar High School
- Kristel Barr, Director of Secondary Education
Eagle Eats and Embroidery
Focusing on practical learning like financial literacy, interpersonal skills, and problem solving
through real-world experiences in a hospitality focused, micro-school convenience store.
- Liberty School District, Liberty North High School
- Dr. Precious Kurth, Principal
Flexible Furniture for C.O.R.E
Supporting a micro-school concept to provide an alternate high school experience without the
stigma of being "alternative."
- Hickman Mills School District, Burke Academy
- Katie Roe, Executive Director of Secondary Schools