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SchoolPower Endowment Teacher Grant Program

Teacher Grant Group photo 2016

Grant Program Details

The SchoolPower Endowment Fund encourages innovation, creativity and excellence in our schools. We therefore invite you to submit a grant request for programs that you would like to implement in 2018-2019.

Grant Program Goals:

  • To encourage excellence and innovation in teaching
  • To fund innovative or additional programs in the LBUSD that might not otherwise be possible within current district budget priorities
  • To expand upon current curriculum with innovative teaching strategies
  • To build on successfully executed grants from past years

All teachers, administrators, and classified staff of LBUSD are eligible to apply for grants, as long as direct impact on students can be demonstrated. All grant proposals must be supplemental to the instructional programs.

Scope and Requirements
Grant awards are based on the demonstrated needs of the project and the funds available. In some cases, an award may cover only a portion of the entire projected cost. A detailed budget is essential for projected costs, describing how the entire budget will be spent. Please present the precise cost (not estimates), in your grant application.

All expenditures for equipment and supplies must be consistent with the description outlined in the application. All materials and equipment purchased with SEF funds become the property of the LBUSD.

Grants are not intended to pay for college or graduate school courses, or programs for which funds are otherwise available. Nor should they be used to purchase materials, such as core curriculum text and standard school supplies, which should be covered in the school's operational budget.

All grants exceeding $10,000 must be discussed with site principal prior to submitting an application. LBUSD is developing a multi-year plan to expand student access to technological devices in all classrooms where such devices will be beneficial. Due to this district-wide effort and the overwhelming cost of these devices, entire classroom sets of computers or 4CLE furniture will not be considered during this year’s Teacher Grant process.

Criteria for Evaluation
Your Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Endowment Teacher Grant Committee and in some cases your Chief Technology Officer will be looking at each grant application. Criteria on rubric used to evaluate will include but not limited to:

  • Innovation/Creativity/Originality
  • Long Term Impact
  • Cost/Benefit Ratio
  • Number of students impacted?
  • Can it be duplicated by others?
  • Is SchoolPower SEF the best funding source?
  • Does it enhance the Curriculum?



  • The grant application process is open January 11, 2018. Announcements will go to all principals and teachers in January with a reminder in April.
  • The Grant Application Form is available here: . Applications will only be accepted via on-line process; no paper applications.
  • Prior year Grant recipients must fill out online Feedback Forms.
  • SchoolPower Endowment Teacher Grant Representatives will visit January/February staff meetings to answer any questions regarding grant applications.
  • No new grant applications will be accepted until prior year’s grant evaluations have been submitted.


  • Grant application process continues.


  • The Application Process closes on March 2nd, 2018 @ 5 pm. There will be no exceptions to this closing date.
  • Comments & Ratings by Principals, Tech Dept (when applicable) & District
  • Additional information requested from teachers, as needed.
  • SEF Teacher Grant Committee reviews and makes recommendations.

April – May:

  • SEF Endowment Board to vote on committee's recommendations.
  • Notifications of grant decisions distributed.
  • In May, the Endowment Board will present the grant awards at a School Board meeting (recipient teachers encouraged to attend for photo and description of grant)

Please note that due to limited funds, not all worthy applications are approved in any given year.

Grants awarded for the past five school years are:

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM”)


Airwolf Axiom 3D Printer, $4,801, Carrie Denton, LBHS
Benchtop Autoclave for Microbiology Research, $4,600, Steve Sogo and Alondra Hartford, LBHS
Bone Farm, $8,000, Michelle Martinez, TMS
TMS Digital STEAM, $14,125, Jesse Rothman, TMS
OSMO, $5,000, Kimberly Mattson, Brett Bond, June Hosokawa, and Carol Mignosa, TOW
Dot and Dash, $2,816, Kimberly Mattson, Lynda Davis, and fifth grade teachers, TOW
Elementary Maker Space, $2,000, Melanie Whitenack, Kevin Nguyen, and Lisa Manion, TOW
Break It, Take It, Drop It, $650, Annie Bochenek, Kathy Vick, Heather Besecker, and Denise Grey, EMS
Gaining STEAM in Second Grade, $1,106, Deborah Finnerty, Marilyn Beauchemin, Kim Krause, and Cama Stevens, EMS
Light! Sound! Snap!, $1,645, Denise Grey, Heather Besecker, Annie Bochenek, and Kathy Vick, EMS
OSMO, $639, Kimberly Krause, EMS
OSMO Technology, $2,138, Lisa Williams, Gretchen Sjule, Mary Blanton, and Tami Mays, EMS

CSTEM Linkbots and Programming, $9,297, Carrie Denton and Cassandra Brooker, LBHS
Mobile Labs, $11,040, Jen Merritt and the science team, LBHS
SeaPerch Robotics, $5,332, Cassandra Brooker and Carrie Denton, LBHS
Footprints Through History, $8,000, Michelle Martinez, Megan Mattihas, and Darci Anderson, TMS
Murder Mystery Trial, $5,000, Kelly Skon and Michelle Martinez, TMS
Destination Imagination, $1,000, Ina Inouye Wu, TMS
NGSS Implementation of Outdoor Science School Curriculum, $2,400, Richard Selin and the sixth grade science team, TMS
STEM Stations, $750, Maryann Thomas and the fourth grade team, TOW
TOW Grade 5 STEM Science Kits, $1,963, Susan Dick and the fifth grade team, TOW
Empowering Science and Literature, $1,400, Rosie Haynes and the second grade team, TOW
Learn to Learn Education – SDC, $787, Kim Adams and special education team, EMS
FOSS Next Generation Forces and Matter, $3,488, Jamie Jameson and the third grade team, EMS
Factwise, $580, Marilyn Beachemin and the second grade team, EMS

A New Window on the World (Spectrophotometry for Honors Chemistry), $9,995, Steve Sogo, LBHS
Making Math Mobile, $4,000, Jennifer Spitler, TMS
2014 Life Science iPad Print Workstation, $2,425, Linda Hill-Lindsay, TMS

Toshiba Tablets for Chemistry Education, $1,700, Steven Sogo, LBHS
Science Partnership with UCSD Chemists, $3,500, Steven Sogo, LBHS
Cal Math Council Annual Conference,$2,970, Valorie Quigley, LBHS
Outdoor Science, $5,000, Richard Selin, TMS
ST Math Program Renewal and Generation 5 Major Upgrade, $3,000, Lisa Hansen, CLC

Outdoor Science Scholarship Fund, $5,000, Richard Selin, TMS

Classroom Technology


Bringing Video Technology into the Dance Studio, $2,822, Estee Carizosa and Samantha Hampton, LBHS
Smartboard, $8,265, Paul Matheson, TMS
Smart Board Software, $500, Kimberly Mattson, TOW

Digital Photography, $8,120, Kerry Pellow, Bridget Beaudry-Porter, Somer Selway, and Scott Wittkop, LBHS
Pasco Sensors, $6,320, Carrie Denton, LBHS
5th Grade iPad Keyboards, $2,335, Susan Dick, TOW

iPad classroom pilot program, $600, LBHS
History Alive! Virtual Notebook, $10,000, Michelle Martinez, TMS
5 Laptops for Center Enrichment, $3,871, TOW

Expanding Multimedia at Thurston, $990, Andy Crisp, LBHS
iPads for Education Elementary 5th grade pilot project funded by combined Endowment Grant and a donation from the Martini family, $37,300, 5th grade teams), EMS and TOW
iPad cases, $4,200, EMS, Tauna Knudson
Innovative teaching using the iPod Touch, $7,500, Ron LaMotte, TOW

Athletics and Wellness


Career Mentor Program, $8,600, Cyndi Kimball, Lynn Gregory, and Ann Bergen, LBHS
Learning in Motion, $2,300, Kari Damato, Marie Bammer, Tricia Engel, and Maryann Thomas, TOW
Terrace Garden, $2,000, Mary Blanton and Tami Mays, EMS

Reality Works Real Care Babies, $2,596, Penny Herrick-Dressler, TMS

Leadership Curriculum, $1,059, Leah Prettyman, TMS
Reality Works Baby Updating, $2,600, Penny Herrick-Dressler, TMS
Coffee Break, $2,000, Cindy Newman-Jacobs, District

PAL Leadership Training, $1,500, Melinda Hawkins, LBHS
Coffee Break, $5,000, Cindy Newman-Jacobs, District
Social Skills Facilitation Project, $15,000, Irene White

Naviance Software – College & Career Readiness, $7,800, Dr. Culverhouse, LBHS
LBHS College & Career Planning Guide, $4,200, Nichole Rosa, LBHS
Coffee Break, $5,000, Cindy Newman-Jacobs, District

The Arts


Drama Classroom Lighting System, $8,000, Alexis Karol and Peter Roche, LBHS
Wacom Art Tables, $7,638, Kerry Pellow and Bridget Beaudry Porter, LBHS
Let Video Production Serve All, $4,985, Jun Shen, LBHS

Rotary Labs, $1,600, Scott Wittkop, LBHS
Arts in School, $4,500, Cheri David and the first grade team and Debbie Finnerty and the second grade team, EMS

The Renovation of the Greene Room, $5,000, Mark Dressler and Peter Roche, LBHS
Moving Video Production Forward, $2,439, Jun Shen, LBHS
The Garden is a Gallery, $1,800, Tamara Wong, EMS

The Garden is a Gallery, $1,605, 3rd Grade Team, EMS
Mobile Display Case, $2,255, Somer Selway, LBHS
Technology for Art Department, $5,000, Scott Wittkop and Kerry Pellow, LBHS

Expanding Multimedia, $990, Andy Crisp, TMS

Language Arts


Full Wall Classroom White Board, $5,732, Dawn Hunnicutt, LBHS
World of Words Reading Program Bundles, Tami Mays, EMS

Journalism Training at Newspapers Workshop, $3,500, James Brusky, LBHS
Reading Counts, $5,000, Principal Michael Conlon, TOW
Socialization Curriculum, $1,750, Dustin Gowan, TOW
Happiest Place On Earth, $700, Heather Besecker and fourth grade team, EMS
Watch Out!, $450, Heather Besecker and the fourth grade team, EMS
Time For Kids, $601, Shannon Velotta-Grasso and third grade team, EMS
Germs Make Me Sick, $363, Heather Besecker and the fourth grade team, EMS

English Department Modernize Technology, $3,0724, Jun Shen, LBHS
Decisive Reading, $1,000, Rosie Haynes, TOW

Junior Great Books, $898, 1st Grade Team, TOW
Text Complexity – Common Core State Standards, $2,000, Dustin Gowan, TOW
Literacy w/ Non-fiction, $1,000, 1st Grade Team, TOW
Learning Headquarters Common Core Writing Training, Marie Bammer, TOW
Classroom Library Improvement, $800, Mary Minerman, TOW
3rd grade Common Core Literacy Support, $800, EMS, Wong
Learning Headquarters Common Core Writing Training, $1,500, Marie Bammer, EMS

Newspapers 2 Journalism Workshop, $2,100, Jim Brusky, LBHS
Scholastic Reading Counts, $2,500, Chris Duddy and Claudia Cameron, EMS
Words with Students, $300, Annie Bochenek, EMS
Scrabble Flash, $300, Denise Grey, EMS

Foreign Language


Project Talk Abroad, $1,000, Jeff Dippel, TMS

French Learning Library Funding for Books, $1,000, Randi Beckley, TMS