Heights educators swim with the sharks

CH-UH educators participated in the Heights Schools Foundations's Shark Tank event on Feb. 9.

A group of 20 CH-UH educators “swam with the sharks” on Professional Development Day in order to quality for opportunity grants courtesy of the Heights School Foundation (HSF).

In an event modeled after the reality-TV show “Shark Tank,” HSF offered grants of up to $500 directly to teachers, who had to face a panel of sharks who determined if their proposals were investment-worthy.

Each teacher who submitted a proposal had two minutes to make the pitch, and then 60 seconds of back-and-forth with the panel. In the end, a shark had to make an offer to fund the proposal.

HSF awarded more than $8,400 at the event, and educators from all CH-UH district schools participated. Proposals included grant requests for alternative student seating options (wobble chairs, bicycle desks); STEM items, such as Lego Mindstorms and programmable drones; special events and field trips; a science speaker series; and educational garden supplies.

Julianna Johnston Senturia, HSF’s executive director, hosted the event. The four sharks were Susan Carver, HSF president; Meghan McMahon, HSF treasurer and CH-UH 21st-Century Grant coordinator; Rosemary Rackl-Pierce, RoxArts president; and the author of this article.

HSF plans to host another Shark Tank event during the 2018–19 school year.

Scott Wortman

Scott Wortman is the supervisor of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 12:41 PM, 03.02.2018