LPS System-Wide Grants
In honor of Retired Assistant Superintendent Carol Pilarski, LEF’s Board has created a permanent grant program to fund the annual professional workshop series that is a hallmark of Ms. Pilarski’s commitment to Lexington’s teachers and students. Lexington teachers say the support they receive to pursue ongoing learning is a major reason they choose to teach here. This grant is set in the spirit of maintaining the benefits of continuing education for our teachers and staff.
Building an Anti-bias Curriculum. Alex Kuschel, LPS Districtwide Social Studies Coordinator, along with Bowman School educators Jessica Durling, Grade 3 Teacher; Beth Glick, Assistant Principal; Ann Matthews, Grade 5 Teacher; and Efe Shavers, School Counselor, and will attend the Anti-Bias and Social Justice Institute at Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, to explore principles and practices of social justice work, develop developmentally appropriate curricula with an anti-bias lens, and build staff capacity to lead this work in Lexington. (Awarded 2018-19)
Project-Based Learning – Phase I – LPS FY17: Introduction and Visioning. Under the leadership of LPS senior administrators Mary Czajkowski, Kelly Chase, Anna Monaco, and Sandra Trach, the district will contract with the Buck Institute for Education to convene two workshops on Project-Based Learning (PBL) for school and district leaders, and develop a three-year vision for incorporating PBL at all levels district-wide. PBL is an instructional method that replaces teacher- centered instruction with a student-centered approach that applies learning to real-world challenges. Students are presented with an interesting, complex, authentic question or problem to solve, and create and present something in response. (Awarded 2016-17)
Project-Based Learning – Phase II – LPS FY18: Implementation. If the results of the Project-Based Learning Visioning Day and Systemic Implementation Planning Workshop demonstrate that the district should proceed to implement PBL system-wide, LEF will support the first year of the implementation process. Working with a coach from the Buck Institute for Education, instructional leaders at the departmental, school and district level will create a plan and receive on-site and virtual professional learning in designing, assessing, and managing a successful and sustainable PBL approach to education. This professional learning will comprise a blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration. (Awarded 2016-17)
The 2017 Carol Pilarski Program Grant for Professional Development: District-wide Summer Professional Development Workshops: Kelly Chase, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning, will create a program of summer professional development workshops for educators throughout the district to address topics of expressed educational, academic, and instructional need. This model of peer professional development enables the district to capitalize on existing expertise in the district while building staff capacity. (Awarded 2016-17)
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. (Awarded Annually)