Five Kanawha County Schools Awarded Innovation in Education Grants

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  • Briana Warner
  • 1/23/2017

In December 2016 and January 2017, the West Virginia Board of Education approved more than $695,000 in Innovation in Education grant funding for five Kanawha County schools. Forty-three schools across the state applied for the funds, 14 have been awarded funding and five of those, or 35%, have been in Kanawha County. The funds were made available through the passage of HB 4295 during the 2016 legislative session. The following Kanawha County School projects were funded:


Amount funded

Brief project description

Dunbar Intermediate School


Inquiry based learning

Dunbar Intermediate’s vision is to be the school where design and social research drive approaches to studying issues of our time, such as democracy, urbanization, technological change economic empowerment, sustainability, migration, and globalization.

Mary Ingles Elementary


Makerspace/PBL project

Mary Ingles Elementary plans to help break the cycle of poverty in the eastern Kanawha County region by facilitating evening classes and open internet time with potential certifications for adults. With the grant funds, they will also create a Makerspace classroom, become a fully engaged Project-Based (PBL) school, and provide extended learning opportunities outside the school setting for students.

George Washington High School


Intro to STEM course

Modifications to the current library will transform the space into a multi-media collaboration and fabrication space; learning hubs will provide private space for small group work. Technology will be a key component in ensuring the successful transition to a model STEM school.

Grandview Elementary


Community garden

Project will be completed with help from local farmers, gardeners, and dietitians to provide fresh food and promote healthy eating projects. Collaborating with local experts like foresters and recreation specialists to develop a community wellness trail will assist physical and mental health. Cultivating community connections and adjusting instructional time to assist in achieving an effective Community School Partnership are also in the plan.

Richmond Elementary


City Planning 2040  

The project will identify, compare, classify and explain our living and designed worlds that make up their city. They will use multiple technology tools and use the engineering design process to create their buildings from beginning to end.  




“I’m proud of our school leaders for putting together so many quality proposals and I’m thrilled that the review committee funded many of our projects,” said Dr. Duerring, superintendent, Kanawha County Schools. “These five projects will make a difference in the lives of students, teachers, staff and these respective communities. I look forward to seeing the funds distributed and put to good use quickly.”

Full descriptions of school projects can be found here (December) and here (January).

Background on Innovation in Education grants from the WV Department of Education:

Through an application process, public schools sought to redesign delivery of instruction, operate under greater flexibility and enhance student engagement to increase educational achievement for a school that demonstrates innovation in education in any of the following priority areas: 1) science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); 2) community-school partnership; 3) entrepreneurship; 4) career pathways; and 5) the arts.

Applications were received from 43 West Virginia elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and career technical education centers. Schools’ applications were independently assessed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the WVBE, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), the West Virginia Governor’s Office and Marshall University along with county representatives, curriculum facilitators, educators and administrators. The selection committee assessed the schools based on established evaluation rubrics and submitted seven schools for WVBE approval in December. An additional seven schools were submitted for WVBE approval in January.

A total of $2.496 million in Innovation in Education funding has been distributed.