CAC Grant Projects



For more than a decade, District 7’s Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) has sponsored the Motivational Technology Grant Program, which seeks proposals from District 7 teachers (or groups of teachers) to develop special projects and/or activities relating to the goals and objectives of the District 7 Technology Plan.

The purpose of this competitive grant program is to motivate and encourage educators to utilize technology in the classroom. More than $10,000 is distributed annually in the grant competition.

Teachers may apply for one of two types of grants: the “Gee Whiz” Technology Grant and the Motivational Technology Grant.

The “Gee Whiz” Technology Grant
A grant of $1,000.00 will be given to a teacher who proposes a truly innovative use of technology in the classroom. “Gee Whiz” grants must be original projects that have not been previously funded by the CAC. This grant opportunity is available to any certified staff member (or team) in District 7.

Motivational Technology Grant
Motivational technology grants are awarded in the amount of $500.00 each. If requests exceed $500 and cannot be fully funded, teachers may be contacted to see if partial funding would be useful.

Some of the criteria used to evaluate proposals are:

  • - How well does it implement technology into the regular classroom curriculum?
  • - Is it an innovative approach to the use of technology? How does it enhance the curriculum?
  • - Can the project be repeated at little or no extra cost?
  • - How many students will it impact? How will it increase their knowledge of the use of technology?
  • - Does it contribute to the professional development of teachers in the use of technology?

The Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) is an organization established by the District 7 Board of Education in 1973. An important role of each CAC member is to facilitate communication between the administration and Board with all constituent groups in the community and to serve as a sounding board for new initiatives in the District. In addition to the Motivational Technology Grant Program, the CAC assists other committees, such as the Growth Committee.

CAC members represent a cross-section of the residents from the seven communities that make up District 7 and may include parents and non-parents, young adults and retirees, men and women. The CAC meets monthly between September and June each school year and members serve three-year terms once appointed.

Click on the links below for a sampling of projects from the 2009-10 CAC Grant winners:

Accelerated Reader: Marcy Savoie – Cassens Elementary School
Science Seekers: Amy Macias – Challenge Program at Cassens/Columbus/Woodland/Worden Elementary Schools
Laptops for Foreign Language Learning: EHS Foreign Language Department
Discrete Trial Trainer: Jill Schulte & Nicole Nungesser – Glen Carbon Elementary School
Pedometers: Yvonne Hallemann – Hamel Elementary School
Let’s Go Read & Functional Skills System: Judy Cullen – Liberty Middle School
LeapPads for Learning: Paula Edgar & Kelli Steward – Midway Elementary School
Cash Bash: Cathy Guennewing – NO Nelson Elementary School
Preschool Prep Learning: Jaycie Rodgers – Woodland Elementary School
Merriam Webster Speaking Dictionary & Thesaurus: Rebecca Artime – Worden Elementary School
Mimio Interactive System: Amy Siebert – Worden Elementary School


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