Achieve Supports the Work of Teachers and Administrators

The Achieve Foundation values its collaboration with all educators in the School District of South Orange & Maplewood.  Each year, Achieve awards Teacher Grants, Administrator Grants, and Riecke Teaching Fellowships to worthy applicants. Funding requests we receive from educators inform our program development and fundraising to best serve our mission of maximizing teaching and learning. Teachers may also request Achieve Volunteer Tutors for struggling students, lead tutor training sessions, serve as school tutoring sight supervisors, or participate in planning events such as Maker Madness. Achieve welcomes your ideas!

 

Teacher and Administrator Grants

The Deborah M. Prinz Administrator Grants: Renamed in 2018 to honor Achieve founder Deborah Prinz upon her retirement from the organization, these grants are awarded to district administrators for special projects that benefit a school, grade level or department. Ideas for application areas include professional development, STEAM, Access and Equity, and initiatives in preparation for redistricting.

This year, Administrators may apply in early fall with an October 20th deadline. Monies will be awarded in late November.

PREVIOUSLY AWARDED ADMINISTRATOR GRANTS
2019 Jameel Misbahuddin, STEM Supervisor: Group Learning Professional Development 2019 Shannon Glander and Sheila Murphy, SB Principal and Asst. Principal: Cafe Seth Boyden 2019 Dara Gronuau, Maplewood Middle Principal: The Break Room at MMS 2019 Kevin Mason, CHS Asst. Principal: ASCA Summer PD Book Club 2018 Damion Frye: Seth Boyden Principal: New Digital Mixer 2018 Jameel Misbahuddin, STEM Supervisor: Physics Union Mathematics at Rutgers University for professional development in experiential learning techniques 2017 Ann Bodnar, Clinton Principal: Clinton Leader In Me 2017 Dara Gronau, Maplewood Middle Principal: MMS Maker Space 2017 James Manno, Supervisor of Fine Arts: NJ Arts Festival 2016 Kimberly Hutchinson, Jefferson Principal: Teachers College Summer Reading Program 2016 Mark Quiles, Seth Boyden Principal: Bridging the Digital Divide 2015 Charles Ezell, CHS Assistant Principal: Facilitators for Columbia 2025 2015 Kevin Mason, Tuscan Assistant Principal: Robotics Club 2014 Bonita Samuels, Marshall Principal: “Smart” Classroom 2013 Jeff Truppo, Maplewood Middle Principal: SOMSD’s First One-to-One Team 2012 Faye Lewis, Columbia High School Assistant Principal: MAC Scholars Summer Enrichment Academy 2012 Judy LoBianco, Supervisor of Health, PE and nursing services: Linking Physical Education Curriculum to Assessment 2011 Paul Roth, District Chief Information Officer: Algebra iPad Project for Bridge to Success 2011 Kimberly Beane, Supervisor of K-5 Math and Science: Singapore Math Strategies Conference 2010 Judith Hanratty, Supervisor of ELA: Teachers College July Writing Institute 2009 Michael Healy, Columbia High School Assistant Principal: Bridge to Success 2009 Gary Pankiewicz, Supervisor of ELA: Student-Centered Summer Reading 2008 Maryrose Caulfield-Sloan, Jefferson Elementary School principal: Grade 3 Multi-Modal Learning Center 2008 Thomas Gibbons South Mountain School principal: Reading Support Software Training 2008 Patricia O’Neill, Clinton Elementary School principal: Principal’s Center for Educational Leadership Seminar 2006 Janice McGowan, Columbia High School assistant principal: AVID Conference for Administrators 2005 Kristopher Harrison, Maplewood Middle School principal: Middle School Team Renewal 2004 Renee Pollack, Columbia High School principal: Bridge to Success

Teacher Grants: Achieve’s hallmark program inspires teachers to propose innovative projects that will have an impact on the learning experience for their students. Some grants have been catalysts for innovation in the academic program. Any educator in the district may apply for any amount in October. Team and interdisciplinary projects are welcome. Proposals are reviewed by Achieve’s grants committee, and awards are made in December to be used in the spring or -the following fall.

See a list of all 2018-19 Teacher Grants HERE.

Achieve’s grant applications are easy to complete, and help and advice are available. All proposals must be approved by the applicant’s principal or supervisor and received by the deadline to be considered. Educators may apply as often as they wish, evaluations of prior grants must be submitted before new applications are considered.

DIRECT FUNDING OF TEACHER GRANTS:  After Achieve allocates its funds for Teacher Grant awards in the fall, the community is invited to increase that amount. Throughout the month of January, donors can choose from the list of approved grants that need additional funding and contribute toward them in any amount. In 2017-18, Direct Grant Funding added $34,140, bringing the total amount of Teacher Grant funding to $102,517. Generous contributions from PTAs and the community have supported Teacher Grants for technology, science labs, musical instruments, school gardens, “maker spaces,” and much more.

Thank you to everyone in the community who contributed nearly $10,000 in additional funding toward teacher grant requests during the month of January!

Honor Your Teacher Tributes: This spring campaign enables families to order cards printed with their student’s words of thanks for teachers and other staff members. Achieve will print and deliver to staffers at the end of the school year (or at any time of year!).

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2019 Administrator Grant Application

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2018-19 TEACHER GRANT EVALUATION

RIECKE FELLOWSHIP EVALUATION

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Summer Professional Development – Riecke Teaching Fellowship

The Riecke Fellowship program supports educators in the SO/M school district who seek to enhance their teaching abilities by funding professional development experiences over the summer which introduce new knowledge to use in traditional classroom settings and beyond. Riecke Fellows begin the school year with new skills that lead to improvements in practice, curriculum and student achievement. To maximize the impact of the fellowship, Riecke Fellows are required to share what they have learned with their colleagues at the conclusion of the learning experience. The program has provided nearly $80,000 in fellowships between 2004 and 2019. The Riecke Fellowship aims to:

  • Nurture the passion for learning among SO/M educators.
  • Inspire innovative and creative teaching practices in the classroom setting and beyond.
  • Encourage the exchange of new ideas, strategies and materials among educators to maximize the benefit to students.

Fellowships are awarded to individuals (up to $3,000) and teaching teams (up to $5,000). The number of grants and total amount awarded is determined each year based on the merits of the proposals and the availability of funds.

Note new grant cycle dates for 2019! The Riecke Fellowship application closed February 20, with awards announced in late March.

   

PREVIOUS FELLOWS

2019: Susan Brody and Maggie Tuohy, Hog Island Audobon Camp Educators Week. 2019: Angela Forero, Shawana Andrews and Amy Rowe, Teachers College Reading & Writing Summer Institute. 2019: Donna Friedrich, The Neuroscience of Reading, MIT. Michelle Rhodes, National SEED Project Leaders Week, Wellesley College. 2018: Elana Ris, Supporting Mathematical Discourse in the Classroom, The Bank Street College in New York. 2018: Samantha Selikoff, middle school STEM instructor, Midwest conference of the American Society of Engineering Education. 2018: Claire Sinclair, Training Teachers in Restorative Practices, Bethlehem, PA. 2018: Christy Skawinski, International Literacy Association Conference, Austin, TX. 2017: Yves Hart, Julie Matthews, and Chelsea Olsen, Universal Design for Learning – Social Justice, University of Massachusetts, Boston 2017: Line Marshall, This World Music Summer Study in Cuba, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2016: Diane Leick, American Speech Language Association (Remote learning) 2016: Kristin Pei and Suzanne Lanzafame, Reading and Writing Project, Columbia Teachers College, NY 2016: Danielle Perrotta, National Science & Technology Association STEM Forum/Expo, Boulder, CO 2016: Claire SInclair, Melissa Koes, Christine Fischetti, Martha O’Connor, Jessica Wheeler, Rebecca Vezza, and Laura Verniero, Handwriting Without Tears, Princeton, NJ 2016: Christy Skawinsky, Summer Institute on the Teaching of Reading, Columbia University Teachers College, NY 2016: W. Scott Stornetta, Drew AP Institute in Computer Science Principles, Madison, NJ 2015: James Cotter, College Board AP Annual Conference in Austin, Texas 2015: Lynn McGlotten and Liz Harris, MathCamp: Integrating the Common Core Shifts Into Math Instruction in New York, N.Y. 2015: Bebe Greenberg and Donna Grohman, Summer Institute at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York 2014: Victoria Schodowski, Universal Design for Learning, Center for Applied Special Technology in Wakefield, Mass. 2014: Debra Cecacci, Elizabeth Frascella, Susan Froelich and Mary Leocata, Authentic Feedback with Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education, in Hopewell, N.J. 2013: Arlene Aguirre and Katherine Fearon: Center for Applied Linguistics’ What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English as ELL’s in Washington, D.C. 2013: Mark Richman, College Board AP Summer Institute in Statistics at Middlesex Community College in New Jersey 2012: Mark Harley and Heidi Welner, NASA’s Johnson Space Center Clouds Zero Gravity Program in Houston, Texas (program later postponed by NASA) 2011: Ann Bodnar, Joseph Ferriero, Yolande Fleming, Shea Levin and Marian Power, NCTM Algebra Readiness for Every Student Institute in Baltimore, Md. 2010: Patricia O’Connell, Scholastic Read 180 National Summer Institute in Nashville, Tenn. 2010: Phillip Lester, National At-Risk Conference (March 6-9, 2011) in Savannah, Ga. 2009: Mary Brancaccio: Creative Non-Fiction: Telling the Truth at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. 2009: Cathrine Evans, Maureen Davenport, Sue Donatelli, Kathy Shelffo and Lisa Heumann, Responsive Classroom Institute in New York, N.Y. 2008: Bebe Greenberg, Donna Grohman and Jennifer Smalletz, The August Institute on the Teaching of Writing at Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 2006: Peter Trebour and Thomas Whitaker, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Conference in San Diego, Calif. 2005: Noah Brauner, Computer-Aided Design Technology at New York School of Visual Arts in New York, N.Y. 2005: Kate Pfiefer, Counseling in Culturally Diverse Communities, Minuchin Center for the Family in New York, N.Y. 2004: Eve Kingsbury, Angela Medise and Valerie Sharp, National Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

 

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Administrator Grants Awarded:

$87,142

for 23 grants since 2004

Teacher Grants Awarded:

$937,835

for 940 grants since 1999

Reicke Fellowships:

$69,511

for 53 teachers since 2004

 

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Guidelines and Criteria for Achieve Foundation Teacher Grants

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Guidelines and Criteria for Achieve Foundation Teacher Grants

All projects must:

  1. Identify a clear educational objective, need or gap
  2. Support overall district goals
  3. Provide a timetable, needed materials and process for completion
  4. Include an assessment plan that will demonstrate projected outcome(s) and impact
  5. Include an itemized, verifiable budget
  6. Be reviewed, approved and signed by the teacher’s principal or supervisor to insure the feasibility of the intended project
  7. Support the advancement of current offerings or equipment for which the district insures future oversight and maintenance
  8. Be completed by submitting the required evaluation and expense report at the end of the project
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10 Tips for Writing a Successful Achieve Foundation Grant Application

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10 Tips for Writing a Successful Achieve Foundation Grant Application

See the tips below to find out what you can do to improve your chances of getting the funds you request. 1. SUBMIT A CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE PROPOSAL. 2. MAKE SURE THE PROJECT’S OBJECTIVES AND TIMELINE ARE ACHIEVABLE. 3. THE MORE STUDENTS WHO BENEFIT, THE BETTER. 4. COMPLETE FULLY ALL STEPS IN THE GRANT APPLICATION. 5. SELECT A DESCRIPTIVE PROJECT TITLE AND WRITE A SUCCINCT SUMMARY. 6. MAKE IT EASY TO READ YOUR APPLICATION. 7. CONSIDER YOUR PROJECT’S SUSTAINABILITY. 8. PROJECT YOUR COSTS CAREFULLY. 9. OUTCOMES ARE VERY IMPORTANT. 10.THE ONLY WAY TO RECEIVE A GRANT IS TO APPLY!

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Tips on Creating an Itemized Budget Teacher Grant Application

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Tips on Creating an Itemized Budget Teacher Grant Application

The tips below will help you put together a budget that accurately reflects not only how much the program will cost but also how it will be managed. 1. MAKE SURE ALL EXPENDITURES ARE ALLOWED. 2. CONSIDER ALL EXPENDITURES. 3. PROVIDE A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF DETAIL. 4. RESEARCH COSTS AND CONSIDER FUTURE COSTS. 5. MAKE SURE THE NUMBERS ADD UP.

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Achieve Volunteer Tutor Program

Achieve’s acclaimed tutoring program improves the academic performance of children who are struggling with their schoolwork, by pairing them with adult and peer volunteers. Begun in 1997, the initiative based on the notion that free tutoring, offered by trained volunteers, might help many children, who otherwise would not be able to afford this service, to advance toward their full academic potential. District teachers refer students, who they believe would benefit from the help of a volunteer tutor. Each year, about 200 tutors — 50 adults and 150 students — are trained to assist 250-300 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Achieve’s tutors help students overcome academic challenges and gain confidence. Moreover, the students who serve as Achieve tutors reinforce their own learning and develop leadership skills. Achieve’s Volunteer Tutor Program coordinator manages the program and arranges tutor-tutee matches. Teachers in the school district lead required training workshops and supervise tutoring sites in district schools.

 


Testimonials

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“Yet again, Achieve has proven what a valuable organization it is to teachers and students alike.”

Susan Brody, fourth-grade teacher at Seth Boyden Elementary School and an Achieve Teacher Grant recipient

“What makes me happy is that, no matter the party, I have received a flood of messages from guests and hosts saying how they truly had such a terrific evening.”

Lindsay Scott, 2014 coordinator of the annual Night of 100 Dinners fundraising event and member of the Achieve Board of Trustees

“This is one of very few courses that allow kids to build things, to become focused on the stuff of the modern world. Without Achieve, these students would not have this opportunity. You can see it—kids love being in this class and that is a lasting legacy of Achieve’s support.”

Allan Tumolillo, founder of the Robotics Club at Columbia High School that led to the addition of robotics classes at the high school, and a member of the Achieve Board of Trustees

“There are these special moments, when working with young kids, when their faces suddenly light up, like something finally clicked.”

Zoë Crutcher, student tutor in the Achieve Volunteer Tutor Program

“Achieve tutors and students make miracles happen together by reading one sentence at a time and solving one math problem at a time, week in and week out.”

Sonoko Setaishi, adult tutor in the Achieve Volunteer Tutor Program