The Foundation partners with the School District and building principals to identify needed projects that support the District's strategic plan but could not be funded by the current operating budget. This program strives to have a meaningful impact on instruction for the largest possible group of students and is awarded to an entire level of the District (El, MS, HS) vs. an individual school. Projects to be implemented have already gone through the proof-of-concept stage so that those charged with the implementation have the information they need to be effective.
CURRENT CAMPAIGN: STEM Grant (2012-2014)
In September of 2012, the EEF Board of Directors announced their support for the District's implementation of the Gateway to Technology (GTT) program at both of Elmbrook's Middle Schools. Elmbrook already is a leader with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum at the High School through its offering of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program. PLTW courses benefit students that elect to take these classes. The GTT Foundation Units will be integrated into core curriculum which benefits all students by emphasizing critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving. Additional GTT programs will also be made available through elective coursework to extend the curriculum for those with a passion for STEM topics. Please refer to the STEM Campaign page for additional information.
Elementary School Super Grant (2011)
In January of 2011, the Foundation kicked off a campaign to implement a SMART Document Camera in every K-5 classroom district-wide to support large group instruction for Elmbrook's youngest learners. The Foundation's initial plans provided for a 3 year campaign. However, due to community support and a $50,000 Lighthouse grant from the Wisconsin Technology Initiative, this campaign is now complete. All K-5 classrooms including special areas (i.e. Art, Music) received a SMART Document Camera in January. Staff training on how to use the new systems and integrate them into daily instruction is being provided by the District.
- Press Release Announcing WTI Lighthouse Grant
- Foundation's Elementary Document Campaign Complete - blog post
- SMART Document Camera Video Montage - YouTube video
The Foundation would like to express a sincere thank you to Christine Wesling, Technology Integrator at Brookfield Elementary, for creating the SMART Camera Video Montage!!!!
Middle School Super Grant (2009-2010)
In 2009, the Foundation partnered with the District and the principals at both Middle Schools to develop the focus of the next Super Grant. The 'Middle School Math Technology Grant' funded a SMART Response system for every MS Math classroom to benefit the implementation of the new Middle School math curriculum. Please refer to the following for more information:
High School Super Grant (2008)
The first super grant was developed in partnership with the District and the principals at both High Schools. It resulted in a Technology Grant of $15,000 to each High School to fund Technology Projects that were long overdue but could not be funded out of the District/Building Operating Budget nor the PTO. Ryan Kolter (BCHS, Class of 2009) produced an EEF High School Super Grant Documentary Video to summarize the impact of these grants.