2015 Straight A Grant Winners

Lead Applicant



Project Description

Arts & College Preparatory Academy


The Charles School at Ohio Dominican, City Day Community School, Graham Expeditionary Middle School,  Graham Primary School, The Graham School, Imagine Integrity Academy, Millennium Community School, OAK Leadership Institute, Par Excellence Academy, Premier Academy of Ohio, Renaissance Academy, The Road to Success Academy, Schnee Learning Center, Stepstone Academy, Zenith Academy, Zenith East Academy, the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Illuminate Education Inc., and The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.

A data and assessment system that will help improve student achievement and provide training for teachers to help students use the system. The system will streamline data analysis, enabling more informed classroom instruction through software, appropriate technology and training.

Beavercreek City Schools


Wright State University

D-School Learning Labs – The D-School Labs will have three learning zones: a collaborative region, a prototyping station and a presentation area. Four D-Schools are being built with two in the middle school, one in the ninth-grade building and one in the high school. The labs will be ready May 1 and will reach 3000 students.  

Butler County ESC


Madison Local, Monroe Local, Talawanda Schools and Miami University.

Zulama: New technology to enhance curriculum offerings. Member districts are working to integrate Zulama into their curricula to provide a comprehensive gaming curriculum researched and backed by Carnegie Mellon that crosses multiple courses and subjects. At full implementation next year, it will involve approximately 600 students.  

Canal Winchester Local


Education Service Center of Central Ohio, Envision EdPlus, Instructional Design Innovations, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and TS Tech Americas, Inc.

Science-rich learning zones: Chromebooks and iPads have been purchased for the K-2 elementary building and innovative learning zones are being furnished in the classrooms at the grades 3-5 elementary building. Teachers in grades K-5 will receive project-based learning professional development.

Canton City Schools


Not applicable

K-2 literacy and math-centered schools: A restructuring  of 14 K-5 buildings to create seven K-2 literacy and math-centered schools in order to reach 100 percent proficiency of all grade 3 students in reading and math. Each building has a family resource center and focuses on 21st century skills. The district is working with Keystone Literacy and Carnegie Learning for math, and teachers are attending intensive professional development and training to learn the best teaching strategies for students in literacy and math. 

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village


Not applicable

1-1 technology learning environment: Chromebooks were purchased for all students in grades 3-12 to create a 1-1 technology learning environment. A technology integration specialist was hired to help teachers better integrate technology in the classrooms. Because students are allowed to take the Chromebooks home, teachers have started communicating with students and parents through the Chromebooks, and students can work together on group assignments.  

Cincinnati City School District


University of Cincinnati, Teachers College

In order to improve reading instruction among third-grade teachers, Cincinnati City Schools are working with the University of Cincinnati, Teachers College to provide professional development and reading endorsements. Thirty teachers are on track to finish their reading endorsement.

Clear Fork Valley Local


Ashland University, Clear Fork High School, Knox County ESC and Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  

Expands the current combination of online and face-to-face learning in grades 6-12. iPads were purchased for the middle school and Chromebooks for high school students. Teachers and student teachers worked together to develop engaging online courses in math, English, science, social studies, foreign language and the arts.

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City


Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Geary Professional Development School PTA, John Carroll University and The  University of Akron.

Creates a ninety-minute literacy block for elementary students. Nearly the entire literacy block infuses technology and builds 21st century skills to increase student achievement in literacy and vocabulary academics. Teachers will be receiving professional development through John Carroll University two days every month to develop innovative literacy instruction strategies and skills through the use of technology, including apps purchased for assessment and data collection, modeling and guided practice.   

Columbiana County ESC


Columbiana County JVSD, Crestview Local SD, Leetonia EVSD, East Palestine City SD, Lisbon EVSD, Southern Local SD, Westerville Local SD, Youngstown State University and Kent State University, Salem Campus. 

Increased shared STEM resources and services: The creation of a consortium to aid in increasing shared STEM resources and services while incorporating stimulating, real-world, problem-based curriculum will build excitement and high interest in STEM programs for existing career opportunities. Students are able to learn at a regional medical center, including a lab school at Kent State University’s Salem Campus, while earning dual credit.

Columbus City School District


City Year of Columbus, Communities in Schools of Columbus, I Know I Can, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, Learning Circle and Learn4Life Columbus. 

Diploma Now Program: Increasing student access to tutoring and mentoring and providing social workers to aid students with any issues outside of the classroom. The program is working with multiple partners to help create career pathways for students, including non-graduates.

Delphos City Schools


The Ohio State University 

Virtual classrooms: Creation of apps and training to enable virtual classrooms and tracking of learning objectives and student achievement. Training will be extended to interested parents to support students at home.

Dublin City School District


Cardinal Health, City of Dublin, Columbus State Community College, Cybervation, Inc., ESC of Central Ohio, Halcyon Solutions, Inc., Honda Logistics North America, Inc., Murphy Epson, Inc., OCLC, Tolles Career & Technical Center and Xcelerate Media, Inc. 

Dual enrollment: Creation of partnership to offer students in grades 9-12 dual enrollment with an associate degree in information technology. The program will incorporate a research- and project-based virtual mentoring program for teachers and students and professional development for teachers in utilizing industry practices in the classroom. In addition, the district will offer students in grades 4 and 5 a career aptitude test to help students think about possible careers.

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio


Berkshire Local SD, Bio-Med Science Academy, Cardinal Local SD, Columbus City SD, Dublin City SD, Geauga County ESC, Global Impact STEM Academy, Hilliard City SD, Kenston Local SD, Metro Early College High School, Perkins Local SD, BatelleEd/Ohio STEM Learning Network and Ohio State University: College of Education and Human Ecology and Learning Technology.

College Ready Ohio: Expanding high school students’ college readiness via mobile learning, open digital resources and allowing students to enroll in college-level courses while in high school. 

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio


Canal Winchester Local Schools, Columbus City Schools, Delaware city Schools, Graham Schools, Grandview Heights City Schools, Groveport Madison Local Schools, Hamilton Local Schools, Licking Heights Local Schools, Marysville EV Schools, New Albany-Plain Local Schools, Olentangy Local Schools, Pickerington Local Schools, Reynoldsburg City Schools, Westerville City Schools, Whitehall City Schools, Worthington City Schools, Battelle for Kids and Columbus State Community College.

Providing students in multiple districts with expanded pathways in IT, business and logistics, health management and advanced manufacturing. Participating students will get placement assistance. 

Fairfield County Educational Service Center


Amanda Clearcreek, Berne Union, Bloom Carroll, Fairfield Union, Lancaster City, Liberty-Union Thurston Local, Pickerington Local and Walnut Township Local Schools. Best Buy for Business, Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Center, Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Fairfield County Juvenile and Probate Court, Ohio STEM Learning Network/BattelleEd, PAST Innovation Lab, Schlechty Center and Winners Academy.

Project FAST Forward: A shared services approach that will provide multiple college and career pathways to student success while significantly reducing district costs, especially those related to serving county’s most challenged students. Project FAST Forward will repurpose a closing school building as the Fairfield County Student Success Center; leverage the expertise of partners to transform teaching and learning to increase student engagement, personalize learning and support college and career readiness skills for all students; and establish a county-wide approach to technology that expands access to college and career readiness.


Fairfield County Educational Service Center


Columbus City, Fairfield County ESC, Gahanna-Jefferson City Schools, Hamilton Local, Hilliard City, Lancaster City, Liberty Union-Thurston, Pickerington City and Worthington City.

Math Matters: Will transform the way math is taught and learned in the classrooms though the implementation of ST Math (a blended learning tool designed to personalize math for each student). The program increased the capacity for more than 1250 teachers serving 27,556 students in 71 buildings.  

Fairfield County Educational Service Center


Columbus City Schools (Starling PreK-8), Reynoldsburg eSTEM, Reynoldsburg Baldwin Road Middle School, Bio-Med Science Academy, Metro Early College High School and Middle School, Columbus City Schools (Westmoor Middle School), Columbus City Schools (West High School), Lancaster City Schools (Lancaster High School), Fairfield Union High School and Middle School, Akron City Schools (NIHF STEM Middle School), Walnut Township High School, Kelleys Island Local Schools, Federal Hocking Local School District, PAST Foundation, Hocking College

Growing Soil: An innovative blend of STEM curriculum development, teacher professional development and student field experiences.  Building from the already existing nine SOILabs to 15 and adding 15 additional participating districts, students will be able to expand their knowledge and research of the already existing Straight A Fund project from FY14 SOIL.  

Finneytown Local Schools


Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow,  IQ Innovations, LLC and Reedeus.com.

An instructional toolkit for Ohio’s Learning Standards will outline exactly what a student should know, understand and be able to demonstrate for every standard. Content created will be uploaded to a free, statewide e-learning platform and shared among each consortium partner.

Geauga County Educational Service Center


Auburn JVSD, Berkshire Local SD, Cardinal Local SD, Ledgemont Local SD, Newbury Local SD, BattelleEd/Ohio STEM Learning Network, Geauga Growth Partnership, Lakeland Community College and Kent State University-Geauga.

STEM program to reach the rural areas of Geauga County: Auburn Career Center has donated four rooms on their campus to start a STEM program for high school students, and students will be able to participate in a distance learning satellite classroom to broaden the course offerings for the districts. In addition, job and career readiness is being incorporated into middle school curriculum, and teachers will receive professional development to build capacity for a robotics mobile lab for seventh- and eighth-graders. Mentoring also is embedded into the program.

Hamilton County Educational Service Center


Deer Park Community Schools, Finneytown Local Schools, Norwood City Schools, Reading Community SD, Beanstalk Innovation, Center for Collaborative Solutions, SRG Technology and the University of Cincinnati.

Re-engaging struggling learners by redesigning the classroom to incorporate 21st century learning. The students will have access to three engaging instructional programs aimed at keeping students in school. The programs will use blended learning practices to help engage students.

Hamilton Local Schools


Cincinnati Public Schools, West Muskingum Schools, Battelle for Kids, Dublin Arts Council, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and The Ohio State University.

Creating and building capacity of arts educators to develop high-quality arts assessments through professional learning in assessment literacy. The project will develop 44 arts assessments and scoring rubrics for all grades.  

Kettering City School District


Montgomery County ESC, Dayton Metro Library, Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton

Creation of digital learning hubs in the already existing school libraries. These spaces are designed to be flexible, active learning stations to suit the needs of all ages and classes. Grades K-2 will receive tablets and grades 3-12 will use Chromebooks.

Lake Erie Academy


Bowling Green State University and the Leona Group.

Read Naturally: Development of professional development for teachers to better help student growth in grades K-8 and make the necessary instructional adjustments to assure student success in the classroom.  

Mentor Exempted Village


Kirtland Public Schools and the University of Maryland-College Park.

Online and in-person learning opportunities to high school students through distance learning. Learning centers and classrooms are being renovated to accommodate the new learning strategy. Students will be equipped with a MacBook Air and teachers will be receiving professional development on how to use the new devices and the learning tool Schoolology.

Metro Early College High School


The Ohio State University, Office of Academic Affairs and Community Partnerships, BattelleEd/Ohio STEM Learning Network, Learning Blade, Media Flow and Science and Technology Campus Corporation (SciTech).

Outdoor STEM learning lab: The lab will initially focus on bird studies, including designing bird and bat houses. The school is using Learning Blade, which is a STEM-accredited program oriented for reading and math based on the Ohio’s Learning Standards, as well as science.

Milton-Union Exempted Village


Franklin Monroe Local School District, Piqua City School District , Public Media Connect, (Think TV), The Ohio State University Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and the Wright State University.

Video and online content for at home and in the classroom through 1:1 technology. Teachers, parents and even after-school care workers will be trained to use the devices so they can better serve the needs of the students.

Noble Local School District


Barnesville EV Schools, Bellaire Local SD, Bridgeport EV Schools, Buckeye Local SD, Caldwell EV Schools, Cambridge City SD, East Guernsey Local DS, Edison Local SD, Harrison Hills City SD, Indian Creek Local SD, Jefferson County ESC, Martins Ferry SD, Muskingum Valley ESC, Northern East Central Ohio ESC, Northern Local SD, Rolling Hills Local SD, Shadyside Local SD, St. Clairsville-Richland City SD, Switzerland of Ohio Local SD, Toronto City SD, Union Local SD, Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio University Voinovich Center, Ohio Valley ESC, OMERESA, Public Finance Resources and SEOVEC. 

Partnership of 20 rural districts and three ESCs to improve transportation efficiency: The program will realize a cost savings of $4 million by streamlining student transportation and will reduce miles traveled. In addition, parents will be able to track busses and coordinate pick-up times via GPS technology.  

Parma City School District


Not applicable

Increased parental involvement: Parma City will have more productive parent-teacher conferences by mapping student progress to get parents more involved in their students’ classrooms. Parents are now involved in goal setting for the students.

Rittman Exempted Village


Green Local School District, Orrville Public Schools, Southeast Local Schools, Aspex Solutions, Inc./Applitrac, Auditor of State of Ohio, Frontline Technologies/Aesop, Midland, Council of Governments, Ohio School Boards Association and Timeware, Inc. 

Shared services savings by combining all fiscal services and functions under one chief financial office. The treasurer will be able to provide efficient, cost-effective services through a new digital management system. 

Ross Local School District


University of Cincinnati

Providing digital resources for middle and high school students: Resources selected by teachers based on student need. Teachers also provided professional development to better utilize technology.  

Sandusky City Schools


Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green State University-Firelands, Erie County Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Sandusky.

Expanded pathways for seniors: A traditional international exchange experience with project-based learning for six-eight weeks, a local or regional internship in a STEM related field, and a volunteer-based community service project. All programs are individualized to the students and also allow for students to enroll in dual enrollment/college credit plus programs.

Springfield City School District 


Air Force Research Laboratory, Battelle for Kids, Clark County Department of Jobs & Family Services, Clark County ESC, Clark State Community College, Dayton Development Corporation, Dayton Regional Manufacturers Association, Educational Policy Improvement Center, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Hobsons, MacArthur Foundation, McGregor Metalworking, Navistar, Inc., Ohio Farm Bureau, Opportunities for Individual Change of Clark County, Propper Daley, Office of STEM Education Partnerships, Reed Elsevier, Inc./LexisNexis and Wright State University. 

Greater Springfield Career ConnectED Center: Created out of a vacated school that is centrally located and co-located with a regional STEM school, the school will enable students to take classes in manufacturing, computer science, and food and bioscience.  Professional development will be included for staff.

Stark County Area Vocational School District


Brown Local Schools, Carrollton Exempted Village Schools, Green Local Schools (Summit County), Green Local Schools (Wayne County), Marietta City Schools, Massillon City Schools, Mid-East Career and Technical Center, Minerva Local Schools, Orrville Exempted Village Schools, Osnaburg Local Schools, Rittman Local Schools, Sandy Valley Local Schools, Southeast Local Schools, Wayne County Career and Technical Center, American College Testing (ACT), Battelle for Kids, Believe in Ohio, Building Bridges to Careers, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Marietta College, Ohio STEM Learning Network Akron Hub, Small Business Development Center Kent State-Stark, Stark County ESC, Stark Development Board, Stark Education Partnership, Stark State College of Technology, University of Akron and Wayne County Economic Development Council. 

The Young Entrepreneur’s Consortium: Teachers and students will have the opportunities to advance their education, with teachers earning graduate credit and students earing either associate degrees, credits toward associate degrees or a certificate. Students also will be able to participate in entrepreneurship camps where they will be exposed to the business community. Students will have the opportunity to either pursue internships or develop a mentoring relationship.

Tri-Rivers Career Center 


Ariel Corporation, Auto Tool Robotics Automation, Inc., FANUC Robotics and CNC, Ferrotherm Corporation, Honda of America Services, LLC, Ohio ACTE (Adult and Career Technical Education), Siemens Product Lifecycle Management, Stanley Electric U.S., THK, Whirlpool, Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, Cuyahoga Valley JVSD, C-Tech JVSD, Great Oaks Institute of Technology JVSD, Miami Valley Career Tech JVSD, Penta JVSD, Pioneer Career and Technology JVSD, Portage Lakes JVSD, Tolles JVSD

Robotics centers: Replicating the work of an already existing robotics and manufacturing education center by creating nine robotics centers that will serve the districts in their consortium. Each center will have a consistent curriculum with additional unique curriculum geared toward the local economy of the center. This program is already impacting the courses offered at OSU-Marion Campus and Bowling Green.  

Westerville City School District


South-Western City Schools, Buckeye Valley Local Schools, Licking Heights Local Schools, Fairbanks Local Schools, The Ohio State University

Statewide Digital Evaluation Portal: EDCITE (Evaluating Digital Content for Instructional and Teaching Excellence) has partnered with The Ohio State University to create a statewide Digital Evaluation Portal to guide all Ohio school districts in selecting the best, most cost-effective digital curriculum. This increased personalized learning and enhanced everyday classroom experience will use a variety of methods that will include increased professional development for 560 teachers in grades 4-12 and technology for students in the classroom.  

Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools


TIES Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM.

The School of Innovation: The first platform school in Ohio that infuses STEM education, flexible learning spaces and project-based learning for grades 3-5. Every year, the district plans on adding a grade per year up through grade 12. Up to 75 students will be enrolled per grade level available and the district already is expecting a higher demand than the space available.


Last Modified: 12/29/2015 9:44:02 AM