Empowered Educators

Few jobs are more important—or more challenging—than educating our children. Without sufficient resources, even the most dedicated teachers can't deliver the most enriching programs. By supporting teachers and providing classroom resources, SchoolPower cultivates innovation, teacher leadership and collaboration. This not only provides resources to help teachers succeed in the classroom, it creates a positive professional environment and helps to attract the best teachers to our district.

Every year, SchoolPower supports teachers through two specific programs -- Community Campaign designations and the SchoolPower Endowment Teacher Grant Program. Community Campaign Donors of over $600 may direct 20% of their donation to a program, grade level teacher team, PTA, sport or teacher of their choice. SchoolPower Endowment's Teacher Grants Program allows teachers and administrators to dream big for LBUSD students, and then, fulfill those dreams. Grants, which range from grades K to 12, and subjects ranging from advanced chemistry equipment to a ballet bar to a potter's kiln are announced each Spring.

Every year enthusiastic educators apply for SchoolPower grants to enrich their classroom experience. Grants cut across all educational disciplines and are thoroughly veted by LBUSD leaders and SchoolPower Endowment. Grants are approved based on their impact, creativity and sustainability. The grants awarded for the 2013-2014 school year are:

Teacher NamesGrant TitleFunding

El Morro Elementary School
Tamara Wong3rd Grade Common Core Literacy Support$800
Third Grade TeamThe Garden is a Gallery$1,605
Marie BammerLearning Headquarters Common Core Writing Training$1,500
  ELM Total $3,905
Top of the World Elementary
First Grade TeamJunior Great Books$898
Dustin GowanText Complexity - Common Core State Standards$2,000
First Grade TeamLiteracy with Non-Fiction$1,000
Marie BammerLearning Headquarters Common Core Writing Training$1,500
First Grade Team5 Laptops for Center Enrichment$3,871
Mary MinermanClassroom Library Improvement$800
  TOW Total $10,069
Community Learning Center
Lisa HansenST Math Program Renewal and Generation 5 Major Upgrade$3,000
  CLC Total $3,000
Thurston Middle School
Mike Modeer6th Grade Outdoor Science School Scholarship Funds$5,000
Michelle MartinezHistory Alive! Virtual Notebook$10,000
Carl NelsonMr. Nelson History Video Props$675
  TMS Total $15,675
Laguna Beach High School
Scott Wittkop & Kerry PellowTechnology for Art Department$5,000
Valorie QuigleyCaliforna Mathematics Council Annual Conference$2,970
Steven SogoToshiba Tablets for Chemistry Education$1,700
Steven SogoScience Partnership with UCSD Chemists$3,500
Melinda HawkinsPAL Leadership training$1,500
Somer SelwayLBHS Mobile Display Case$2,255
Sandra JohnsoniPad Classroom Pilot Program$600
  LBHS Total $17,525
District Wide
Cindy Newman-JacobsCoffee Break Parent Education Program$5,000
Irene WhiteSocial Skills Facilitation Project$15,000
  Central Office Total $20,000
TOTAL $70,174

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