Innovative Ideas Receive Funding in DoDEA Europe’s Kaiserslautern School District

For Immediate Release — January 29, 2016 | EU-East
: DoDEA Europe Public Affairs | 0611-143-545-1511

KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY — January 29, 2016 — The Kaiserslautern District Superintendent's Office awarded $20,000 to support innovative teaching and learning models. $mart Money was conceived as a motivational agent to allow inspired educators to further develop innovative methods and practices for teaching and learning in their classrooms.

Mr. Frank Simone, Kaiserslautern Acting District Superintendent, earmarked funds to support the innovative goals of forward-thinking practitioners. The $mart Money initiative received applications from educators throughout the district to fund innovative learning projects that will positively impact the learning of students. The projects and resources embrace the very best in creative approaches to meeting the interests and learning needs of students through a blend of innovative pedagogical approaches and 21st century resources. Six educators were the recipients of the awards:?

  • - Michael Herrick, Sembach Elementary School- Virtual Field Trips?
    - Kara Lee, Bitburg Elementary School- Specialized Seating to Increase Student Focus and Performance in an Elementary Context?
    - Jennifer McPhail-Hastings- STEM Exploration Packs?
    - Ken Robinson, Kaiserslautern High School- Robotic Solar Controllers for Engineering?
    - Christopher Putnam, Kaiserslautern High School- Drone Controllers for Engineering and Video
    - Production? Frank Pendzich- Computer Numeric Control Bench Top Router for Robotic Engineering

As a result of the funding, students across the Kaiserslautern District will benefit directly from the initiatives. The quality of the projects and their direct applications to enhancing the learning experience prompted Mr. Simone to remark, "I am continually impressed with the caliber of our educators and students. I applaud these teachers for their reaching high and look forward to seeing our students in action."

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.