Teachers of children with disabilities have the best insight into methods that succeed in helping children learn. Often, funds are not available from regulated tax dollars to support enhanced programs, and teachers find themselves trying to purchase materials themselves or foregoing programs that are too costly. Special Education Foundation has stepped in since 2002 to help where tax dollars stop. For the 2021-2022 school year, the Foundation supported 59 programs totaling $53,818.07. Twenty-five of those programs, totaling $22,875, were awarded for the previous year, but were unable to be delivered due to Covid-19 and were carried over to the new school year.  Click here to apply.

Programs that are innovative and can be duplicated in additional venues are favored in the screening process. Books and equipment that should be available through public funds are not funded; neither is transportation or staff development. Teachers should report results the following year to the Foundation board of directors.

Applications are due January 24, 2022. The Feedback Form for previous recipients to report on the results of previous grants is due January 10, 2022. For more information or for help with the online applications, please contact Jeanine at jeanine@sef-stl.org.

For brief abstracts of the following programs, click here.

Thomas Bamvakais
SSD, VSP
VA Medical Center
Picnic in the Park

Thomas Bamvakais
SSD, VSP
VA Medical Center
Manners Matter!

Emily Beger
Ferguson-Florissant
Duchesne
Multi-modal Tools for Teaching and Learning

Emily Beger
Ferguson-Florissant
Duchesne
Flexible Seating

Patty Benner and Christina Allen
SSD
Litzsinger
Stewards of the Earth II

Patricia Billeau and Barb Raney
SSD
Northview
Common Connections: Bringing ELA Instructions to Life Through Live Theatre

Patricia Billeau and Barb Raney
SSD
Northview
Inclusive Live Theatre (Meeting and Exceeding IEP Goals Through Live Theatre)

Ellen Birch
SSD
Ackerman
Circle of Friends Field Day

Ellen Birch and Jason Betancourt
SSD
Ackerman
Let’s Make Gingerbread Houses

Kimberly Brandt
Hazelwood
Russell
Stock up for Success

Erin Capoccia
SSD Countywide
Early Childhood Special Education Program
Early Childhood Basic Needs Grant

Daniele Cerone-Griffin
SSD
Litzsinger
Enhancing Learning Connections Through Core Word Communication

Victoria Cicotte
SSD
Ackerman
Learning with Loved Ones

Mamie Clark
SSD
Ackerman
Unity Day at Ackerman School

Julie David
SSD, VSP
Lunch Bunch

Maura Edington
Parkway
McKelvey Primary
Outdoor Nature Learning

Elizabeth Engelmeyer
SSD
Ackerman
Quilting with a Purpose

Elizabeth Engelmeyer
SSD
Ackerman
Derby Day

Molly Raines Evans
SSD
Litzsinger
Learning with Our Hands: A 3D Approach to Literacy and Math Instruction for Visually Impaired Students

Connie Fiore and Karlan Bishop
Parkway
McKelvey Primary
ECSE Baby Doll Circle Time: Conscious Discipline

Alicia Firman
Hazelwood
Brown Elementary
DHH Trauma Yoga for Elementary Students

Alicia Firman
Hazelwood
Hazelwood Central High School
Teens Cooking Academy – Learning the Basics in the Kitchen for Independent Living

Rachel Gill and Angela Aromando
Hazelwood
Brown Elementary
DHH Mentoring Program

Rachel Gill, Amanda Howell and Lauren Walls
Hazelwood
Brown Elementary
DHH Social Butterflies

Katherine Hartson
SSD
Northview
Student-led Character Education

Julie Harter
Riverview Gardens
Michelle Obama Early Childhood Academic Center
Conscious Discipline: Building Resiliency in Young Learners

Steve Headrick
Webster Groves
Webster Groves High School
Sitting in Style

Ann Hiebert
Ferguson-Florissant
Duchesne
Books for All: Promoting Access to High-interest Reading Materials for Students of All Abilities

Carrie Klein and Tatianna Ware
SSD, VSP
VSP Family Night Out

Tracy Kroenlein
Lindbergh
Lindbergh Early Childhood Center
Fruit of the Month Club

Sarah Kroeschel
SSD, VSP
Spring Fling

Sarah Lehman
SSD
South Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Early Childhood Special Education Project Hope Holiday Assistance

Jessica Little and Rachel Lute
Ritenour
Marvin Elementary
Full STEAM Ahead! Engaging Imagination and Academics Through Kinesthetic STEAM Opportunities on Osmo

Jessica Little, Rachel Lute and Jodie Gordon-Bertish
Ritenour
Marvin Elementary
Building Independence in Self-care Skills for Elementary Students – Year 2

Meg Lovera
SSD Countywide
Social Work
SEF-SSD Care Closets – Kids Helping Kids

Erin Madden
SSD
Litzsinger
Restorative Mindfulness and Yoga

Jayne Mansfield and Lori Guess
SSD
Northview
Expanding Job Skills for Post Graduation Vocational Opportunities

Janet Matthew
SSD
Litzsinger
Boo Bash

Garrick Mueller
Normandy School Collaborative
Lucas Crossing Complex
Technology Center

Andrew Nardi
Kirkwood
Kirkwood High School
The Pioneer FLASH (Fitness, Learners, Active, Social, Healthy)

Alana Powers
Valley Park
Valley Park High School
Uke Club!

Beckie Rainbolt and Deanna Wright-Coffman
Affton
Rogers Middle School
Garden of Growth

Matt Reyes
SSD
Ackerman
Disc Golf Tournament

Matt Reyes
SSD
Ackerman
Fun in the Sun

Sarah Romanowski
Clayton
Clayton High School
This Year I Will Love the Work in Progress that Is ME!

Kara Rose
Lindbergh
Lindbergh Early Childhood – West
Accessible Tech for Awesome TOTS

Kara Rose and Jessica King
Lindbergh
Lindbergh Early Childhood – West
Healthy Snacks for Healthy Kids

Kara Rose
Lindbergh
Lindbergh Early Childhood – West
Innovative iPad for Independent Kids

Catherine Schweitzer
Ferguson-Florissant
Duchesne
Cooperative Games for Teaching Social Skills

Ginny Scognamiglio
SSD
Litzsinger
Getting Cozy with Core

Angela Slape
SSD
Litzsinger
Litzsinger Green Paws Garden Club

Samantha Snarzyk
SSD
North County
An iPad for an Itinerant

Kerrie Townsend
SSD
South Technical High School
Special Olympics

Debbie Tuitasi and Abby Heiland
SSD
Litzsinger
Healthy Kids = Successful Kids

Lauren Walls
Hazelwood
Brown Elementary
Learning Language in a Winter Wonderland

Tatianna Ware and Carrie Klein
SSD, VSP
Meet and Greet Vocational Skills Family Night

Amanda Williams
SSD
Northview
Northviewopoly Game

Cassie Williams
Webster Groves
Webster Groves High School
Green Thumb Gardeners

Alyssa Yakimov
Ritenour
Ritenour High School
Cooking in the Classroom

 

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