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.
- Eliza Sherriff and Vanessa Wilson, Harrington School 2nd Grade Teachers, will pursue certification in the Wilson Intensive Reading System Level 1, which offers research-based instructional strategies for teaching reading and spelling to struggling learners.
LEF 2016–2017 Grants
- Kim Rogerson, School Psychologist at Harrington and Bowman, will attend the National Association of School Psychologists’ annual convention in New Orleans, LA. The conference will present evidence-based research, strategies and techniques for testing, intervention and support that address such issues as how to meet students’ increasingly complex needs and differentiate instruction.
- 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.
- Empowering 21st Century Musicians: Teaching Musical Composition with Interactive Whiteboard Technology. The acquisition of an interactive projector will enable a music teacher to transform the whiteboard in the school’s music room into an interactive whiteboard, making it possible for students to engage in creative musical composition.
School Community Grant
- A Playground for Everyone. Harrington will design a school playground that meets the needs of a diverse student population – both those who use recess for vigorous physical activities and those who seek quieter, less chaotic spaces.
LEF 2015–2016 Grants
- Lauren Archibald and Amanda Densmore, 4th grade teachers, will travel to France to participate in an EarthWatch field project, “Wildlife in the Changing French Pyrenees.” Along with a Bowman 4th grade teacher, they will study the effects of mountain erosion, the changing behaviors of animals, and the survival of plants – content that aligns with the new 4th grade Next Generation Science Standards.
- Jennifer Litchfield, a K–5 special education resource room teacher, will take the Wilson Intensive Reading System Level 1 Certification program to learn research-based strategies for reading and spelling instruction, including multisensory techniques to teach struggling readers who have not responded to regular education phonics instruction.
- Developing a 21st Century Learning Space: Bringing iPads into the School Library: Through the acquisition of dedicated library iPads, this project will provide greater access to technology during library classes, enabling all students to use the library’s databases and eBooks, learn online catalog skills, express their learning with technology tools such as Book Creator, and practice digital citizenship skills.
- Developmental Learning Program Curriculum Mapping: The Developmental Learning Team will create curriculum maps of key skills in the Language Arts, Art, Math, and Social Skills programs for the K–7 Developmental Learning Program, which serves students who have significant developmental delays and cognitive impairments.
School Community Grant
- Harrington Elementary School used its 2014–2015 School Community Grant to build expertise in positive intervention and support for students who present behavioral challenges in school, and to create a “responsive” playground that meets the needs both of students who gravitate to noise and activity and of students who prefer quieter, less chaotic spaces.
LEF 2014–2015 Grants
- National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference: Harrington’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.
- Developing Social and Academic Language Skills of English Language Learners: To improve beginning English language learners’ academic performance and enable them to interact more easily with teachers and fellow students, Harrington matched the newcomers with student mentors and provided them with iPads loaded with translation applications. Click here to learn more.
School Community Grant
- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: Harrington’s 2013–2014 School Community Grant supported professional development to build the staff’s capacity to prevent and respond effectively to challenging and disruptive behaviors that interfere with learning.Click here to learn more.