estabrook Grants

Teachers Elizabeth Thompson and Laurie Barnhart received a LEF grant to attend a curriculum conference for special education teachers

Teachers Elizabeth Thompson and Laurie Barnhart received a LEF grant to attend a curriculum conference for special education teachers

Fellowships

Heather Kramer, K-5 Resource Teacher in the Therapeutic Learning Program, will complete the training and practicum required to achieve associate level certification in the Orton-Gillingham method, an approach to reading, writing, and spelling instruction that has proven effective in teaching dyslexic and struggling learners. She will use this approach with her own students as well as serving as a resource to other classroom and specialist teachers. (Awarded 2016-17)

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. (Awarded 2015-16)

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. (Awarded 2015-16)

Example of a Mobile Maker station

Example of a Mobile Maker station

PROGRAM GRANTS

Mobile Maker Space. Estabrook fourth grade teacher Mark Taggart will purchase rolling carts, storage bins and Maker components and tools to create a “Maker Space on the Go” mobile platform that is accessible to all Estabrook students. He will also establish an extracurricular Maker Club where students can learn engineering principles through inventing, problem solving, and instruction in such skills as sewing and soldering. (Awarded 2016-17)

Example of composting at school

Example of composting at school

School Community Grants

Failure as a Path to Student Growth and METCO Conference.Estabrook School will host Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure, for a community-wide evening lecture and Q&A about the role of failure in students’ growth and development, and will send a faculty member to the annual METCO Conference. (Awarded 2016-17)

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. (Awarded 2015-16)