FSN-ENC presents three Education Grants for 2011-2012

Jayne Fisher – K-3 Resource Teacher Creekside Elementary
Scholastic Magazine subscription with Digital media
Jayne Fisher with Dr Steve Engelke Scholastic News Magazines are now updated to include Common Core Standards and have technology support available. A subscription includes Digital Editions, Videos, Whiteboard Ready Sheets, Audio Read Aloud, Graph and Map Pop Ups and finally interactive student activities. Creekside has made gains in Math EOG scores but this grant should help improve Reading EOG scores.

They are asking for two subscription levels to divide them among students according to their reading abilities not just their grade in school. They plan to use the Magazine along with the reading kit that was acquired last year from FSN-ENC. Teaching with the Scholastic Magazine will allow a real-world application to reading and learning that is meaningful and relevant to the students.

The school has a mobile Smart Board to use with the Whiteboard Ready skill sheets. Audio read alouds and videos make the magazine come to life. This will help students make vocabulary much more meaningful. I believe the longer articles will help develop the ability to read long passages prepare students the EOG tests. The students can take the magazines home to reread with their family.

Tricia Carter – Speech-Language Pathologist
Pitt County Exceptional Children

“More Than Words” program materials
Tricia Carter with Dr Steve Engelke “More Than Words” program helps young children with language delays to communicate to the best of their ability. It provides education to parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, enabling them to facilitate language development at home, in the community, and in the daily routine of their environment. The It also provides early language intervention, and social support for parents.

A More Than Words program lasts approximately 3 months. Class size is limited to 8 families, so that each family is able to get the specialized attention that is needed. It is estimated that this applicant will teach 2-3 sessions per calendar year. Materials are current, and would be re-used for each class session.

Necessary resources include a Parent Guidebook that shows parents how to turn everyday activities with their child into opportunities for interaction and communication and is a wonderful resource for Speech-Language Pathologists and other professionals. Funds are requested for a set of books (the class size is limited to 8 families at a time) to serve as a reusable “lending library,” so families are able to sign-out a guidebook for the duration of the class (three months), and return at the completion of the class for future families to borrow as well at no cost. DVDs will show examples and interviews completed with families who have participated previously. The DVDs are kept by the instructor, and will also be a reusable resource for the class. Finally, posters will present key strategies that parents and professionals can use to learn and reinforce the social and communication skills of children with ASD. Student volunteers will provide childcare for families who attend. The goal is to require little to no cost from the families who wish to participate.

Heather Halsall – EC Teacher – DH Conley High School
Text to Speech Device
Heather Halsall Dr Steve Engelke Help with reading comprehension and visual impairment using a text to speech device in English and for other academic classes. They currently run at least one Curriculum Assistance class per period and would love to have a device for each class period that would allow for check out and return throughout the year between students.

The equipment will be used at home, at school and can be reused each year with new students attending this high school. The students will be able to get any book they are currently reading and enlarge the print for our visually impaired students or be able to follow along with the book while it reads the book through text to speech. This will assist them in understanding the text better, thus motivating our students to read.

It will also give our visual impaired students an equal playing field without a special order for materials. In addition, some of our parents also struggle with comprehension problems and these devices can assist them in understanding what their child is reading.