Mini-Grant Application for School Year 2018-2019

Submitted by: Christine Brink Email: Grade Level: 9th Subject: Global Perspectives
Co-Applicant:Megan Rinyu Email: rinyum1@flaglerschools.comGrade level: 9 Subject: Global Perspectives, AP Biolog

School: Matanzas High School Type: Public Grade Levels:9-12 County:Flagler

Approx. Enrollment: 1 Number of teachers:70

School Address:

3535 N Old Kings Rd
Palm Coast, Florida 32137

Phone: (386) 447-1575 Principal:Jeff Reaves Email:


Project Title: Global Perspectives for a Brighter Future
Project Dates: October 20-May 2019 Grade Levels:

Focus Area(s) :Global Perspectives- Global Collaboration- Service Learning - ELA/Writing

The United Nations recently launched 17 goals they would like to achieve by the year 2030. Ranging from zero hunger to gender equality, it is clear that great efforts will be needed in order to achieve these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of our Cambridge AICE Program, 9th grade students are taking a course in Global Perspectives. They are asked to research global issues, complete projects, and write essays to demonstrate their understanding and comparison of issues we face locally versus globally. To take this initiative a step further, we would like to provide our students with the opportunity to connect with other students and professionals both locally and globally. They will collaborate to research these issues and devise solutions to these issues in our own community as well as around the world. Students will work cooperatively to tackle one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, conducting research, and participating in live video conferences and asynchronous discussions with other students and community leaders from other states and countries. We are asking for funding to support technology and materials that will assist students in collaborating both locally and globally, as well as conducting research and interviews in our community.


How is your project innovative?   (25 points)
Our project is current and relevant to the lives of people across the globe. By focusing our project on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, we are helping our students become active participants in solving real-world problems that are typically only tackled by world leaders. We feel this is innovative by both providing students this unique opportunity, but also in providing students an opportunity to connect and collaborate with other students and relevant professionals from other states and countries. As global collaboration becomes more prevalent in today’s workforce, we are excited to offer our students the opportunity to develop skills in communication, video conferencing, interviewing, and presenting.

How will it fit into your curriculum (include standards)? (10 points)
Students will have the opportunity to conduct research in order to deepen their knowledge and help achieve one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Students will connect and collaborate with students and relevant professionals from other states and around the world, gaining an understanding about the similarities and differences people in various regions face in regards to these issues. ISTE Knowledge Constructor: 3a Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits, 3d Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions. ISTE Global Collaborator: 7a Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning, 7b Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints, 7c Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal, 7d Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions. Students will develop essays and presentations to present their research and ideas about their Sustainable Development Goal. Students will publish their essays and presentations digitally, integrating multiple sources and utilizing diverse media types. LAFS.910.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. LAFS.910.W.2.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically. LAFS.910.SL.1.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source. ISTE Creative Communicator: 6c Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations, 6d Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

How will it encourage long-lasting change in your classroom, school or community? (20 points)
This goal of this project is to inspire long-lasting change in our community and around the world. By researching and developing solutions to these global issues, students not only help solve this issue but learn more about how they can work together to make positive changes in the world. Our hope is that our students will learn from this experience and continue to embrace service projects and philanthropy throughout their lives.

How will technology be utilized?  (20 points)
We are fortunate to provide a Macbook Air computer to every high school student in our district. Students will utilize their laptops to conduct research and video conference with other students and relevant professionals across the world. Students will utilize iPad tablets to film and record interviews, and to create videos for their presentations.

What evidence will you collect to show student gain?   (10 points)
As the Cambridge AICE program embraces authentic learning and assessments, we will create a rubric to assess our students’ essays and presentations. We will also ask students to reflect on their experience, sharing what they learned and what new insights they gained into global issues.

How will participants share your project results with the community?  (15 points)
We are very hopeful that our students will devise solutions that will help impact our community. The results will be shared with those community members in need, as well as shared with our local government to help continue to make changes in regards to these issues. We will also share our results with individuals from the states and countries students connected with in a hope to help them bring positive changes to their communities as well. Our projects and results will also be shared with our local newspaper and news channels.


Service/ Item Description Cost
2018 32 GB iPads (Qty: 5)   $1,645.00  
iPad Cases (Qty: 5)  $150.00
USB Microphones for Video Conferencing and Interviews (Qty: 5) $275.00
iPad wireless microphone $90.00
Steelcase Collaborative Stations with Portable Whiteboards (Qty: 3) and PDF Scanner $840.00
Total Cost of Project $3,000.00
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I, Christine Brink, certify that the application is complete and final, AND I verify that I have received permission to apply for these funds from Jeff Reaves,the Principal of Matanzas High School and any other individuals required by my school district.