Investing in Innovation & Inspiration

Investing in Innovation & Inspiration

More than just a Veggie Tale

More than just a Veggie Tale

By Robin Harkey It was a sunny, idyllic afternoon when I visited kindergarten teacher Sandra Caltzonzin at Shields Elementary to witness her Grants for Great Ideas project “Planting Seeds for Success.” In August of 2019, she was selected as one of our grant winners...

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Weave in, Weave out in Amazement of STEM

Weave in, Weave out in Amazement of STEM

By Robin Harkey The year was 1982 as I sat in my living room on my rust-brown and off-white flowered velour couch hunched over the latest Victoria Advocate devouring, along with my chocolate Jell-O Pudding Pop, a new “Hocus Focus” syndicated puzzle by Henry Boltinoff....

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A Hocus-Focus on Education in VISD

A Hocus-Focus on Education in VISD

By Robin Harkey The year was 1982 as I sat in my living room on my rust-brown and off-white flowered velour couch hunched over the latest Victoria Advocate devouring, along with my chocolate Jell-O Pudding Pop, a new “Hocus Focus” syndicated puzzle by Henry Boltinoff....

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Helping Kids Add up to More

Helping Kids Add up to More

By Robin Harkey With budding interest and child-like anticipation, I stepped into Dudley Elementary to visit Jaime Schrade, VISD Education Foundation Grants for Great Ideas recipient, and her project, “Imagine the Fun with Facts.” In August of this year, Jaime...

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Towering Above in Education

Towering Above in Education

By Robin Harkey This plant researcher girl had a spring in her step donning overalls and a wide-brimmed gardening hat (well, not really) ready to go exploring to visit third-grade teacher, Amber Czapansky, at Rowland Elementary and witness her “Food for Thought”...

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Budding Thinkers in the Making

Budding Thinkers in the Making

By Robin Harkey My 20/20 vision intently peered into a compound microscope and adjusted the knobs to bring forth the highest level of clarity, to observe yeast cells budding. These cells, to me, were not much different from teenage life. Budding beings, who shoot up...

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A Vehicle for Learning Real-World Lessons

A Vehicle for Learning Real-World Lessons

By Robin Harkey I dashed out my office door to go driving out in the country down Farm-to-Market Road 236 in my ordinary Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. The “nerd-mobile” as my kids like to call it, for a visit to Mission Valley Elementary and fifth-grade teacher, Mrs....

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Hungry to Share, Care

Hungry to Share, Care

By Robin Harkey When my children were little, one of my absolute favorite things to do with them was to read. Cuddled up on the couch, floor or bedroom, we would sit together for hours sifting through a mountain of literary adventures to look for another story to...

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