LEF Grants Awarded in 2017
- Stephanie Hoban, Lexington High School Instructional Technology Coach, will attend the Consortium for School Networking convention and Educational Technology Leadership Workshop. She will learn practices for integrating technology into the classroom that will inform the creation of LPS’s 3-year technology plan and Scope and Sequence for technology standards, and exploration of new Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards.
- Susan Kaftan, Lexington High School Nurse, will attend the School Mental Health Conference offered by Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance on school-based strategies for addressing stress and building emotional resilience among students from diverse backgrounds.
- Brendan Moran, Lexington High School 11th-12th Grade English Teacher, will attend the Frost Place Poetry Seminar. He will work with accomplished poets to learn and practice poetic craft and technique, with an emphasis on workshopping -- a approach in which students write and revise poems for an authentic audience and learn how to critically read and interpret poetry.
- Valentina Sountsova, Lexington High School Physics Teacher, will attend the St. Johnsbury Academy’s AP Physics C Summer Institute, which will cover course expectations, curriculum, and strategies for teaching principles and practices in a calculus-based course in mechanics and electricity-magnetism. These strategies can be applied to all physics courses at LHS.
LEF 2016–2017 Grants
- Francesa Pfrommer, an LHS math teacher, will attend the St. Paul School and University of Pennsylvania’s Conference on Teaching and Learning, which will present findings on recent brain research about how adolescents learn and offer guidance on how to foster and assess student-centered learning in the classroom.
- Christen Walters, an LHS English teacher, will attend the Globe Theatre’s “Shakespeare Plays When Shakespeare Works” international teachers’ conference in London, where she will participate in master classes on new teaching strategies and resources for bringing the study of Shakespeare to life.
- Heidimarie Floerke, an LHS German teacher, will travel to Berlin to attend the Goethe Institute course, “Film City Berlin,” which will present innovative techniques for teaching German as a second language and German culture. Using authentic sources (produced by native speakers for native speakers) such as film engages students who present diverse learning styles, and is a key component of the World Language Department’s plan for aligning the language curriculum with the National Standards for Language Learning.
- Multidisciplinary, Informal Design and Prototyping Learning Facility. Based on the popularity of last year’s LEF-funded pilot of an extracurricular R&D engineering space, LHS will acquire additional equipment and materials to establish an expanded, permanent learning space for faculty and students not only in engineering but also in subjects as diverse as music and business. Students will learn at their own pace under the guidance of student and adult mentors.
- Understanding the Science of Physics – Creating Resources for AP Physics I. Physics teachers will create textbook and workbook resources aligned with new AP Physics I guidelines that focus on building students’ conceptual understanding of the physical world through inquiry-based instruction and assessment.
- Student Broadcast Station and Digital Control Room. This project will transform an old, nonfunctional control room at the high school into a true broadcast production learning space and studio. With state-of-the-art HD digital camcorders, nonlinear editing systems, audio and video mixers, and programmable broadcasting equipment, students will have the opportunity to learn broadcast production techniques and create broadcasts for both the LHS and larger Lexington community.
- Literature and Composition I iBook for Freshman English. A teacher will bring her entire freshman English curriculum onto an interactive iPad resource that pilots this use of technology to strengthen student learning. The resource will include readings, worksheets and website links and enable students to annotate and highlight material and create digital study flashcards.
- 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.
School Community Grant
- Strengthening Student Publishing and Developing Resiliency in Changing Times. LHS will take the sophomore class poetry publication program to the next level by publishing an online literary magazine. In addition, building on last year’s LEF School Community Grant, LHS will offer an experiential Challenge Day program that builds connections among students and teaches empathy, emotional control, self-confidence, and prosocial competence.
LEF 2015–2016 Grants
- Christen Walters, a 9th grade English teacher, will attend the Globe Theatre’s three-week “Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance” course in London. She will explore text- and performance-based approaches to teaching Shakespeare while working with Globe scholars and directors of design, text, voice, music and movement.
- Melissa Buttaro, a school counselor, attended Mindful Schools’ Mindfulness Curriculum Conference, which introduced approaches and resources she can use to develop mindfulness activities in grade-level seminars and other programs to reduce student stress and anxiety.
- Patrick Donaher, a music teacher, will attend the Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s Band Directors Academy in New York. Prominent jazz educators will lead professional development sessions on the essentials of teaching jazz, emphasizing hands-on learning and practical techniques. The workshop will enable him to tailor his professional skills as a composer and bandleader to his new role as LHS’s jazz ensemble director.
- Kelly Kilts, a physics teacher, will attend the Advanced Placement in Physics Summer Institute in Vermont to prepare her students for the new AP Physics I examination.
- Sarah Regdos, a 9th grade earth science teacher, will travel to Costa Rica to participate in an environmental science workshop and field experience for educators that focuses on tropical ecosystems, geologic history, and species conservation. She will use her new knowledge to implement a subunit on species conservation and sustainability within the ecology unit of the earth sciences course.
- Janet Foley, school nurse, will attend The Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education’s national conference and pharmacology session in Brewster, MA to update her knowledge of research-based best practices to meet the increasingly complex health delivery needs of LHS students.
- Stephanie Hoban, LHS’s Instructional Technology Specialist, will attend the International Society for Technology in Education’s Conference in Philadelphia, where she has been selected to present a workshop on “The Innovative Learning Program: How to Embolden True Innovation in the Classroom.”
- Kelly Lisowski, a Spanish teacher, will participate in a month-long immersive study-abroad program in Costa Rica to enhance her linguistic ability and cultural knowledge of Costa Rica. Upon her return, she will enrich the Spanish curriculum with lessons and activities on such topics as ecology and topography.
- Kristen Strobel, a 9th grade world history teacher, will attend the annual World History Association National Conference in Savannah, GA, where scholars and teachers will gather to learn and share the latest ideas and approaches in the field. The 2015 conference theme, “Art in World History,” relates directly to the LHS 9th grade team’s goal of expanding nontextual primary source material.
- High School Research and Development/MakerSpace Program: Students and advisors of LHS’ LexRobotics teams will establish and run a research and development engineering space at the high school where students can learn engineering at their own pace under the guidance of student and adult mentors. Equipped with 3D printers and modeling software, the space will be available to classes during the school day, and after school to all members of the LHS community – students, teachers, and PTA members.
- Strengthening Pronunciation in the Learning of French: LHS French teachers will work with an expert in French pronunciation to improve the pronunciation of French department teachers and to infuse specific pronunciation objectives in the French curriculum at every level.
- Elementary Afterschool Robotics Curriculum: LHS will develop and pilot afterschool robotics and engineering courses at two elementary schools. 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.
School Community Grant
- Lexington High School used its 2014–2015 School Community Grant to promote effective proactive and reactive measures for student well-being in two areas: coping strategies and personal resiliency, and coping with loss and grief.
LEF 2014–2015 Grants
- Study Tour in Japan: To prepare for the new East Asian Studies elective to be offered in 2014–2015, a history teacher participated in a Japan Society study tour that focused on Japanese history and current issues.
- Primary Care Conference and Pharmacology Conference: A school nurse attended conferences for nurse practitioners that share the latest information on medical conditions and health care issues that she frequently sees and manages at LHS, including asthma, pediatric pharmacology, diabetes, anxiety and depression, ADHD, and immunizations.
- AP Biology Summer Institute: A science teacher attended a summer institute to learn about course expectations, classroom strategies, useful textbooks and laboratory exercises, and new question types for the recently revised AP Biology curriculum.
- AP Physics Summer Institute: Two science teachers attended a summer institute to learn about course expectations, classroom strategies, useful textbooks and laboratory exercises, and new question types for the recently revised AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 courses.
- AP Statistics Summer Institute: A math teacher attended a summer institute to deepen his understanding of statistics concepts and to develop story lines and activities to communicate these ideas effectively to students in AP Statistics, Level 1 Statistics, and Math 3 courses.
- 3D Printing to Enhance the Engineering Program: Through the acquisition of a 3D printer and professional development in machine operation and curriculum design, physics teachers are now able to embed engineering design, computer aided design, and rapid prototyping into their classroom instruction. Click here to learn more about the 3D Printing Grant.
- Multimedia iBook for US History: History teachers created a multimedia sourcebook of images, speeches and primary and secondary documents that augment textbooks and classroom activities in the Advanced Placement and Level 1 United States History courses.
- Aligning Grammar Instruction to Improve Student: Freshman English teachers created and shared resources for teaching grammar instruction in conjunction with student writing assignments. The goal was to help students master the skills required to express ideas effectively in writing in all disciplines and to handle the variety of writing required in college and in the workplace.
- Google Drive Resource Repository for Taking Students Abroad: Teachers who mastered the organizing of LPS student language exchange programs developed, and trained teachers to use, a webhosted drive containing a common database of documents, forms, and spreadsheets required for study-abroad programs.
School Community Grant
- Schoolwide Communication and Community Building: Lexington High School is working to improve communication and build a sense of community within the school and with the larger community. The school used its 2013–2014 School Community Grant to install outdoor and indoor signage that provides information about upcoming events, celebrates student achievements, and announces important deadlines.