Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover (“SEED”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting academic excellence in Dover, New Hampshire public schools, recently awarded approximately $24,825 for enhanced learning curriculum for Dover public schools. This is the second-largest grant cycle since SEED’s inception.
Woodman Park School Teacher Lisa Simko was awarded $4,416 to purchase Space Saver Color Changing Light Tables and accessories to allow multisensory play and learning for all kindergarten students, which will be particularly beneficial for neurodiverse learners. These materials will also allow each classroom to more effectively integrate play with the curriculum, foster social skills such as cooperation, and impact student achievement in both literacy and math.
Fellow Woodman Park School teacher, Katie Theriault was granted $3,769 to purchase the Green Bronx Machine Curriculum and Tower Garden, an immersive whole-school curriculum that aligns the art and science of growing vegetables with daily academic instruction in all subject areas. This project-based and standards-aligned learning experience help students learn critical thinking and problem-solving as they explore, discover, and create their own ecosystems.
In 2018, SEED awarded Katie Gorski with an initial grant to implement the Zones of Regulation program in her classroom. Not all students can sit and listen throughout the school day; by learning the zones and accessing tools, students learn strategies to be better listeners, learners, and active participants in the learning environment. In this grant cycle, Gorski was awarded $1,685 to provide self-regulation tools and information on the "Zones of Regulation" throughout the entire school, benefiting all classrooms, teachers, and student families.
Also at Woodman Park School, Jill Fredrickson and Caitlin Duffy partnered to request a $925 SEED grant for podcast equipment bundles to create “Podcast at the Park” pilot program. The equipment will create two podcasting stations for third and fourth-grade students to increase competency in collaboration, critical and innovative thinking, communication, and citizenship.
At Dover Middle School, two SEED grants were given. The first to Language Arts Teacher Kim Conrad for an Author in Residency program for the entire 7th grade. With $750 of SEED funding, students will participate in video conferences with Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear. Pupils will have the opportunity to interact with a professional writer and learn about Mikaelsen’s writing process, how he came to be so involved and invested in the process of restorative justice, and hear his anti-bullying message.
The second Dover Middle School SEED grant went to Jane Salach to purchase
Whiteboard Collaborative Table Sets, valued at $4,846. The whiteboard tabletop allows students to freely brainstorm, take notes or collaborate on ideas and can be easily rearranged for larger groups and suit a variety of activities.
Meanwhile, at Dover High School, ESOL teacher Kiley Hemphill earned an $8,159 SEED grant for her proposal to purchase iPads to provide linguistic support for beginning English learners. Integrating iPads into the ESOL program will provide a tool for students at all levels of English language proficiency to engage deeply in their learning. iPads benefits include increased student engagement and collaboration, an international keyboard, a print translator, and visual dictionaries. iPads can also provide students with alternative, multimodal means to demonstrate learning until their oral language in English is more developed.
Dover High School is currently without a broadcasting class, radio station, or TV studio, which limits student exposure to 21st-century communication tools. History teacher Eric Salmonsen was awarded a $275 SEED grant to purchase equipment to allow students to create and edit regular podcasts for the student body. Project-based learning helps students develop teamwork and problem-solving skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others. The collaborative nature of projects also reinforces the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs.
SEED has more than 10 years of underwriting tools, technology, and training in Dover public schools needed to create a 21st-century learning environment. Completely funded by philanthropic giving from businesses and individuals, SEED has provided more than $300,000 in grants to provide students with the skills needed for post-high school success. To learn more, volunteer, or donate, please visit www.DoverSEED.org.
Formed in 2011, SEED is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to promote academic excellence, champion technology and reward educator innovation in Dover’s public schools. SEED support is not intended to replace appropriate municipal funding. SEED raises private philanthropic dollars and provides grant funds, on a competitive basis, to educators who submit formal applications. SEED’s overarching goals are to create a legacy for educational excellence in Dover Public Schools and to advocate the value of education in the community. SEED welcomes donations of time, talent, and resources. To get involved, please contact info@DoverSeed.org