Teachers Receive 14 ARI Innovation Grants

Teachers Receive 14 ARI Innovation Grants
Posted on 09/10/2018
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Superintendent Danny Adkins proudly announces that thirteen Floyd County teachers have received Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) KVEC Innovation Grants. Each application received $1,000 each with some teachers being involved in more than one innovation.


Adkins comments, “I have been impressed over and over with the outstanding job our teachers are doing in the classrooms so I’m not surprised to see so many receive this grant. The best part of this is that our students will have different opportunities because of these grants.”


One part of the ARI Project is to identify and support innovation. The applications must focus on a challenge. The grant recipients will learn more about their chosen educational challenge, develop their action plan and present this to other educations at the Promising Practices FIRE Summit on October 24 at the East KY EXPO Center. From there, they will implement their plan, collect and analyze their data as to how their plan has addressed the challenge. On April 16, 2019, grant recipients again present at the East KY EXPO Center and this time they will be sharing their results.


Adkins ended his comments saying, “We are thrilled to see these teachers exploring innovation with students and we’re encouraging all of our teachers to provide new opportunities by using their creativity and trying the unconventional side if it’s good for student learning.”


The Floyd County teachers who received grants are as follows:

Allen Elementary

Charles Michael Bell The Giving Room – Giving Something of Yourself to Benefit Others

Jessica Kiser – Conscious Discipline

Adams Middle

Stephanie Marsillett- MERGEing Literacy with Virtual Reality

Betsy Layne High School

Patricia Hackworth – Bookclub Bobcat                   

Amy Ratliff – Bobcat News

Shannon Shepherd – Digital Photography                            

Shannon Shepherd – Printmaking 101

Duff-Allen Central Elementary

Carole Bentley – Oinking All the Way to Becoming College & Career Ready in 7th Grade

Misty Howell – Fine Motor with Color

Floyd Central High

Cortney Kidd – Modeling Magic: Visualizing Biology

Cortney Kidd & Christina Crase – Forensic Science: Engaging in STEM

Floyd County Area Technology Center

 Holli Tackett – Virtual Dementia Experience

John M Stumbo Elementary

Melissa Little – This Doesn’t Compute

Prestonsburg Elementary

Jenny Meade – Thinking, Innovating and Designing in 2nd Grade


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