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 2017)
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 2016)
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 2016)
2016-17 School Community Grant
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.