LEF Grants Awarded in 2017
- Kerrie Donnelly and Lysa Pirone, Fiske and Harrington Schools K-5 Counselors, will attend the American Counseling Association Conference, where they will learn from counseling experts on topics particularly relevant to Lexington’s families and students: theme-based group counseling and counseling in gender, sexual identity and diversity.
- Molly Rawding, Fiske School Mathematics Specialist, will attend the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics annual conference to learn best practices and gather resources to share with LPS colleagues. She will also deliver a presentation on the groundbreaking work that has been done at Fiske and across the Lexington Public Schools to engage students in math by employing the principles of growth mindset -- a belief that basic abilities are not fixed and dependent on native talent but can be improved through perseverance and hard work.
LEF 2016–2017 Grants
- Nick Hart and Susan London, music teachers, will attend a workshop that shares Bobby McFerrin’s approach to teaching vocal improvisation through “circle songs” in K-5 music classes and choruses.
- Elementary Robotics Curriculum Integration. Building on the successful LEF-funded pilot of an afterschool robotics and engineering program at Estabrook and Bridge Schools, LHS teachers and the LexRobotics team will extend the program to all Lexington elementary schools and train teachers to integrate robotics and engineering classes into the schools’ regular curriculum, as well.
- Peer Leadership and Newcomer Family Project extends and expands an LEF-funded pilot program to support students and families who are new to Fiske and possess very limited English-language ability. Each student will be matched with both a teacher mentor and a peer leader mentor. The program will include community meetings and outreach to newcomer parents, as well. Approaches, materials, and results will be shared to facilitate the development of similar programs at schools across the district.
School Community Grant
- Book Collection. Fiske will augment the school’s book collection, purchasing a wide variety of texts across genres and reading levels to engage students as readers and support lifelong literacy skills.
LEF 2015–2016 Grants
- Nick Hart, a music teacher, will attend the American Orff Schulwerk Conference in San Diego, where music educators share ideas and approaches to building musicianship in every learner through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama.
- Elementary Afterschool Robotics Curriculum: LHS will develop and pilot afterschool robotics and engineering courses at Fiske. Through the acquisition of robotics kits, the development of curricula, and teacher training, this pilot will provide the basis for independently run, sustainable robotics programs at every elementary school in the LPS.
- The Newcomer Project: Supporting New English Language Learners through Mentoring and Technology Support addresses the needs of students who arrive at Fiske with very limited English ability and the additional challenges of an unfamiliar school culture and different academic expectations. These students will be matched with teacher mentors who will help them navigate the school community, and will have all-day access to iPads with apps that enable them to access the English language and the curriculum in a comprehensible way.
- Sensory Based Language Learning for Students with Profound Disabilities: Speech/language pathologists will create a sensory-based resource library and approach that Intensive Learning Program teachers can use to help students with profound disabilities to acquire basic language skills. The project team will develop differentiated lesson plans that incorporate the selection of appropriate sensory reinforcers (items and activities that are highly motivating to students) to build vocabulary.
LEF 2014–2015 Grants
- National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference: Fiske’s school nurse attended the national conference in San Antonio, Texas to develop her knowledge of evidence-based programs, models and tools to keep children healthy and in school.
- People on the Move: Immigration to America Past and Present: New York City presents a rich environment in which to explore our nation’s immigration history and present-day realities. Elementary teachers visited selected sites to deepen their knowledge of the subject, then created and implemented a 4th grade curriculum on the American immigrant experience at all six elementary schools.
School Community Grant
- Outdoor Amphitheatre/Classroom Space – Fiske Elementary School: Fiske partnered with the Fiske PTO to build an outdoor amphitheater that provides additional space for activities such as Big Backyard and other science instruction, grade level activities, and family events for the school community.