diamond middle school Grants

Cecelia Vosland, who attended a convention on Literature for Adolescents with a LEF grant

Cecelia Vosland, who attended a convention on Literature for Adolescents with a LEF grant

Fellowships

Kate Bromley, Diamond Middle School Drama Teacher, will attend the Royal Shakespeare Company Summer School in Stratford-upon-Avon. She will study and observe stage performances of Shakespeare’s plays and learn directly from actors and directors about the creative theatre-making process, in order to strengthen both her classroom work with students and the after-school rehearsal and production process. (Awarded 2016-17)

Cecelia Vosland, Diamond Middle School Guided Learning Specialist in Literacy and Executive Function, will attend the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention and post-convention Assembly on Literature for Adolescents. She will learn about current research and best practices in curriculum, skill strategies, national literacy trends, and instructional materials to help students experiencing difficulties with literacy. (Awarded 2016-17)

Kevin Buckley, a Diamond 8th grade science teacher, Jamie Welsh, a Clarke 7th grade science teacher, and James Werner, a Clarke 6th 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. (Awarded 2015-16)

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. (Awarded 2015-16)

Diamond administrators who implemented ICE Block scheduling with help from a LEF grant

Diamond administrators who implemented ICE Block scheduling with help from a LEF grant

School Community Grant

Living the Diamond School Ideals. Diamond Middle School will implement a pro-social initiative, DRUM: Diverse, Responsible, United and Mindful, that represents the ideals of the Diamond community. Activities will include an interactive performance by a Malian drummer who will link academic and pro-social endeavors with World Language Month, and student painting of large wall murals that promote the theme. (Awarded 2016-17)

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. (Awarded 2015-16)