Teacher Mini-Grant Awards

Teacher Mini-Grant Awards
Funded by Asian American Parent Association (AAPA)

The primary benefactors of AAPA are teachers who receive awards through the AAPA Teacher Mini-Grant program. Ultimately though, it is their students who are the biggest beneficiaries.

The AAPA teacher mini-grant programs accomplishes the following:
• Helps teachers stay up-to-date by funding the latest learning tools
• Encourages experimentation with new teaching tools and techniques
• Supports a culture of teacher innovation
• Provides more learning opportunities for students

Below are recent examples of projects funded by the teacher mini-grants. The AAPA Teacher Mini-Grant program is entering its 12th year. Contributions to AAPA help sustain this excellent program.

1. Micropipettes used to measure cyanide in clover plants as part of a Citizen Science project sponsored by Washington University St Louis.
2. Google Cardboard to allow world language teachers to create virtual tours of the countries that the students are studying, in conjunction with Google applications, providing students with the best immersion experience while remaining in the classroom.
3. DVD Player for American Literature Honors to show movie clips to students to help assist their understanding of the assigned text.
4. Bullet journaling supplies to help students improve time management and to focus productive energy, as well as providing stress relief through creative expression.
5. Model knees for Anatomy and Physiology course to allow students to see, touch, and explore the orientation of ligaments, tendons, menisci and bones.
6. Portable External Drive to help a world language teacher, travel between her schools with the multimedia files, movies, videos, and songs used in her class.
7. Wireless Document Camera for a math teacher allowing her to stay connected to the camera as she moves throughout classroom, projecting student work, solving problems, and allowing students to present their ideas.
8. Preserved fetal pigs, enabling students who are considering a career in the medical field to participate in a full dissection.
9. Magazine racks to create a professional-looking display of award-winning student magazines, reminding students to continue the tradition of excellence.
10. One-year subscription to Chinese Reading site, which allows students to access authentic reading materials tailored for their levels with up to date news, vocabulary and grammar explanation, as well as audio and online practice.
11. Field Trip to Angel island Immigration Station for middle school social studies, bringing to life this important topic, the immigration of people from Asian countries in the late 19th and early 20th century.
12. Books about Asian culture and Asian American experiences for second grade class to make up for the shortage of Asian representation in media, allowing students to read books with characters who look and sound like them.
13. We Thinkers curriculum for children with language and social delays to facilitate social interaction and social self-awareness through play.
14. Class set of sight-reading text books to help students in orchestra prepare for CMEA festivals by given them practice playing a piece of music the first time they see it.
15. 3D Printer to encourage creativity and offer engaging classroom challenges.
16. Ukuleles to start a ukulele club to promote music education, learn new skills, and to bring new friends together.
17. Density Cube sets to help biology students learn to estimate mass, measure mass, use a digital electronic balance, and “tare” a massed quantity.
18. Mini Toobers for biology students to model protein folding, providing a hands-on learning experience that allows students to build specific proteins and make predictions about the structure of that protein when exposed to different conditions.
19. Canvas Water-Resistant Portfolio Cases to allow students to transport fragile artwork home and back to school.
20. Vocational Kits to help students with disabilities produce real-life vocational skills, including communication, fine motor skills, receptive language, job skills and attentiveness.