Highlights of ACSF In Isaac Dickson Elementary

2013-2014 Isaac Dickson Teachers Awarded Innovation Grants by ACSF:

Penny Lewis, Amanda Silverman, and William Middleton of Isaac Dickson Elementary School have been awarded $2,500 for Bright IDEAS. Bright IDEAS run every school day from 2:30-5:30, as well as on teacher workdays and early release days. Students can choose from a wide variety of elective clubs which meet once a week for 8 weeks, or they can choose “Explorers Club” for any number of days. In Explorers Club, we have weekly themes. Students “explore” these themes daily through a variety of activities which may include web research, arts and crafts, cooking, games, group projects, etc. Students also have organized recreation and homework help each day.
  • # of Students Impacted: 251

  • # of Teachers Impacted: n/a 


Kelsey Duffy of Isaac Dickson Elementary and Jerome Hughes and Pam Pauly of Asheville High School have been awarded $2,500 for Project Inspire: Creating Connections of Success Between African American Students at IDES and Asheville High School. The goal behind the project is to teach elementary students the benefit of learning Ruby Payne’s “hidden rules of the middle class.” This is accomplished by creating strong relationships between elementary students and high school mentors from similar backgrounds. Through positive relationships and personalized instruction, elementary students will be motivated to learn and practice the hidden rules. According to Ruby Payne, this will ensure a higher success rate in school and in future real-life situations.
  • # of Students Impacted: 16-20
  •  # of Teachers Impacted: 2