Angie Kenley’s classroom is now equipped to succeed.
A language arts teacher, Angie, started a search for better ways to instruct her students after she realized that she spent the entire class period teaching. “Mrs. Kenley, you talk way too much,” an ever-so-honest seventh-grade student told her.
Angie found a technique called “flipped classroom,” a teaching method that calls for the teacher to create short, online videos of him or her teaching daily lessons. Students watch the videos at home and come to class ready to participate in activities applicable to the day’s lessons. Angie was sure this method would appeal to her students.
But there were lingering questions. What about children who didn’t or couldn’t watch the video? What about children who didn’t have internet access? Thanks to a STAR Teacher Grant from Abilene Education Foundation, Angie purchased two tablets for students who couldn’t watch the videos at home and flash drives that contained the lessons for those without internet access.
Kenley’s “flipped classroom” is now a success.
“Our partnership with the Community Foundation of Abilene was a natural partnership,” Jean McMillon, Executive Director of the Abilene Education Foundation, said. “Their expertise and guidance are helping us achieve our goals.”
The mission of Abilene Education Foundation is “to promote and enhance excellence in education for the students of Abilene ISD through enrichment of its programs.” It began in 2000 because a group of citizens realized that with decreases in state funds the district’s budget would have to be tightened, which they did not want to happen.
By establishing an endowment at the Community Foundation of Abilene, they benefited from the Foundation’s knowledge and expertise and had the reassurance of knowing their fund would be a permanent source of income.