Grants Awarded June 2015 - June 2016

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LEXINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

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 SCHOOLS

FELLOWSHIPS

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.

Kristen Gray, a kindergarten literacy teacher, and Allison Gullingsrud, a 1st grade
teacher, will attend the Columbia Teachers College Summer Reading Institute. They
will learn how to use the Readers Workshop model, tailored to each grade level, to
create a learning community in which students develop skill in and love of reading
as they share ideas and learn both from the teacher and from one another.

Deborah Side, a music teacher, will attend a masters workshop in Ghana that
combines an international methodology of teaching music with a focus on building
students’ understanding of African music and culture through games, songs, dances,
and instrumental pieces.

Karen McCarthy, LPS’ K-5 Science Coordinator, Estabrook 2nd grade teachers Amy
Royal
(a member of the Social Studies Curriculum Review Committee) and Lori
Verity
(a member of the Lexington Science Steering Committee), and Jane Hundley,
LPS’ K-5 Social Studies Coordinator (whose participation is funded by LPS) will
participate in an Earthwatch expedition in the Indian Himalayas, conducting
research on how environmental change affects butterflies and bees. The program
will give the teachers experience in the practice of scientific inquiry and strengthen
their teaching of the Insect Investigations unit and the social studies unit on India.

Erin Affronti, Laurie Barnhart and Elizabeth Thompson, special education
teachers, will attend the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s
annual conference in Atlanta, GA. They will learn from national experts how to apply
the principles of growth mindset – a belief that one can learn more and become
smarter through hard work and perseverance – to strengthen struggling students’
motivation, self-confidence, resilience, and achievement.

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.

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.

Anne Knight, Assistant Principal, will attend a Columbia Teachers College Coaching
Institute to learn methods of staff development implemented by the Teachers
College Reading and Writing Program.

PROGRAM GRANTS

Elementary Robotics Curriculum Integration. Building on the successful LEFfunded 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.

Peer Leadership and Newcomer Family Project extends and expands an LEFfunded 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.

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 GRANTS

Cultural Proficiency, Mathematics, Reading, and 5th Grade Leadership Development. Bowman will advance ongoing initiatives in cultural proficiency,
mathematics professional learning, units of study using the Readers Workshop
approach, and the development of a 5th grade leadership development seminar.

Outdoor Classroom. Bridge will design and build an outdoor classroom that gives students, teachers, and the community a structured yet open space to extend
curriculum and learning opportunities

Environmental Learning through Composting. Estabrook will find outlets for the
compost created in the school cafeteria, using this initiative as a means of educating
students about being responsible stewards of the earth and living into Estabrook’s
LEED Silver Certification.

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.

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.

“We are Hastings” Project. In celebration of Hastings’ 60th birthday and of the
diversity of family cultures and traditions represented at Hastings, the school will
create a permanent record in photos and text of the school community as it exists
today and as it existed in its earlier years.


MIDDLE SCHOOLS

FELLOWSHIPS
Jamie Welsh, a Clarke 7th grade science teacher, James Werner, a Clarke 6th grade
science teacher, and Kevin Buckley, a Diamond 8th grade science teacher, (along
with Diamond’s Science Department head Valerie Franks, whose participation is
funded by LPS), will attend the National Science Teacher Association’s annual
conference in Nashville, TN, where they will learn how to use the Next Generation
Science Standards (NGSS) to build students’ scientific literacy. The team will be
responsible for determining the scope and sequence of the new middle school
science curriculum based on NGSS and MA standards.

Jillian Aldrich and Amy Timmins, Clarke 6th grade English teachers, will attend the
Columbia Teachers College Summer Reading Institute. They will learn how to use
the Readers Workshop model in the 6th grade English/Language Arts class to create
a learning community in which students develop skill in and love of reading as they
share ideas and learn both from the teacher and from one another.

Cecilia Vosland, a reading intervention specialist, will attend the National Council
of Teachers of English Convention in Minneapolis. What she learns there about the
latest approaches to English/Language Arts curricula, skill-development strategies,
national literacy trends, and instructional materials will inform her work with
struggling readers and her collaboration with classroom teachers to strengthen
students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.

PROGRAM GRANT
Using LEGO Mindstorms to Teach Middle School Robotics. Based on learnings
from an LEF-funded robotics project at Diamond, Clarke science teachers will
develop and teach a robotics course during Clarke’s WIN enrichment blocks.
Students will explore science, technology, engineering, and math topics through the
use of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits that contain software and hardware to create
customizable, programmable robots from LEGO parts.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY GRANTS
WIN Block Online Scheduling. Clarke will implement an online program to
schedule students into WIN block assignments in the school’s pilot
intervention/enrichment program.

6th Grade Community Building and TIE/ICE Block Online Scheduling. Diamond
will bring ImprovBoston to campus to engage the entire 6th grade class in building
community and exploring the school’s values, and will implement an online program
to schedule students into ICE/TIE block assignments in the school’s pilot
intervention/enrichment program.


HIGH SCHOOL

FELLOWSHIPS

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.

PROGRAM GRANTS

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 LEFfunded 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.