HPEF receives $5.8M grant from Moody Foundation

A team of 15 staff members from throughout the district has begun the exciting task of revolutionizing STEAM education in Highland Park ISD. The STEAM Design Team is helping develop the Moody Innovation Institute, which will position HPISD as a leader in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). The institute will provide experiential learning in these subjects for every student in the district, made possible by a $5.8 million grant from the Moody Foundation earlier this year.

The Design Team members were selected as a sampling across disciplines and HPISD campuses, and all have made a year-long commitment to provide their expertise. The members are:
  • Kim Bain, C&I Department – Talented and Gifted
  • Kim Brooks, Armstrong Elementary – Tech Specialist
  • Aaron Cappotelli, MIS/HPMS – Journalism and Technology
  • Hunt Caraway, HPHS – World Geography
  • Kendra Davison, University Park Elementary – Third Grade
  • Kerry Fergason, HPHS – Chemistry and Environmental Science
  • Cyndi Gillean, C&I Department – Science Coordinator
  • Lisa Ham, C&I Department – Instructional Technology
  • Jenn Hampton, Hyer Elementary – Media Specialist
  • Charlie Jackson, HPISD – Chief Technology Officer
  • Averie Snyder, Bradfield Elementary – Fourth Grade
  • Jean Streepey, MIS/HPMS – Mathematics
  • Natalie Walker, HPHS – Fine Arts (all levels)
  • Trudy Watson, C&I Department – Math Coordinator
  • Dr. Melynda Wright, HPHS – Mathematics Department Chair
The Design Team met on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and will continue to meet frequently throughout the school year. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Gena Gardiner and HP Education Foundation Executive Director Jan Peterson are serving as advisors to the team. In the spring, a series of town hall events will be held to present drafts of the planning development. Input from faculty, staff and community members will be an integral part of the process, and comments or suggestions may be submitted at any time to moodygrant@hpisd.org.
Other teams will be formed to ensure the grant is fully realized, including an Advisory Board representative of the community, a Student Advisory Board, and a Steering Committee made up of district and campus leaders. HPISD will continue to keep the community informed about this exciting work as it begins to take shape.
The $5.8 million grant from the Moody Foundation was announced in August 2016. Click here to read the initial announcement

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