LEF Grants Awarded in 2017
- Michelle Wright, Lexington Children’s Place and LPS District Nurse, will attend the National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference. She is particularly interested in exploring leadership roles school nurses can play in improving school health systemwide and the process and analysis of public policy as these relate to school health.
LEF 2016–2017 Grants
- Summer Professional Development Workshops. The LPS Central Office will create a district-wide schedule of professional learning summer workshops on diverse topics that address the district’s goals, meet teachers’ educational and instructional needs, and promote student success. Probable topics include differentiated instruction; the development of integrated units of study that reflect newly revised standards in social science, English, and STEM; meeting the needs of English language learners; and intervention models.
- 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.
- Engaging Students in STEM Using the Flying Classroom Curriculum. Fourth grade students will vicariously circle the globe on a “Flying Classroom” expedition that explores STEM, geography, cultural studies and history in locales around the world via a web-based “reality show” that engages students in hands-on discovery and inquiry and interactive simulations.
LEF 2015–2016 Grants
- Care for the Student with Diabetes: Five LPS school nurses and the Director of School Health Services will create a resource manual, guidelines, and a protocol for the care of diabetic LPS students. The project addresses the physical and emotional challenges students with diabetes and their providers face in managing the disease during the school day.
- District-wide Summer Workshops 2015: The Lexington Public Schools Central Office will create and implement a summer workshop schedule for educators to address a variety of topics of educational/academic/instructional need and professional learning opportunities.
LEF 2014–2015 Grants
- Strengthening Writing Instruction for English Language Learners: The English Language Learner K-12 Coordinator attended a Columbia Teachers College Institute to learn how to use the Writers Workshop Model to improve the writing skills of the LPS’s more than 400 English language learners.
- Summer Workshops. LEF support enabled the LPS to implement a Summer Workshop Schedule for teachers across the district to address topics of educational and instructional need through professional development opportunities.