Strengthening Math Achievement through a Growth Mindset. Megan Arseneau, Math Specialist/Coach; Kristin Crotty, Grade 4 Teacher; and Ellen Fitzgerald, Grade 4 Teacher, will attend the Mindset Mathematics Workshop at Stanford University to explore math content and pedagogy that promote a growth mindset by engaging at-risk students in rich problem solving, productive struggle, and the use of mistakes to build their confidence and performance.
Strengthening Dyslexic Students’ Reading, Writing and Spelling Skills. Valerie Valeriani, Special Education Resource Room Educator, will pursue Level 1 Certification in the Wilson Approach, a highly structured, multi-sensory phonics curriculum that has proven effective in boosting dyslexic and struggling learners’ skills. (Awarded 2018-19)
School Librarian Laura Kopinski will collaborate with instructional technology specialists and classroom teachers to offer Novel Engineering lessons which use existing classroom literature as the trigger for engineering design challenges that engage students in identifying problems, designing realistic solutions, and engaging in the engineering design process while reinforcing their literacy skills. (Awarded 2017-18)
Assistant Principal André Pelettier will pilot a teacher-led professional development program for Student Support Personnel to enable them to employ effective classroom-based approaches on the playground and in the cafeteria to deal with challenging behaviors and help students practice independent social skills. (Awarded 2017-18)
SCHOOL COMMUNITY GRANTS
Harrington School will create a modular flexible library work area for students that facilitates small group and collaborative learning activities, including project based learning and Novel Engineering lessons.(Awarded 2018-19)