LPS System-Wide Grants

  Welcoming faculty at the annual Lexington Learns Together event created to encourage staff to share their learnings and insights, funded in part by LEF.

Welcoming faculty at the annual Lexington Learns Together event created to encourage staff to share their learnings and insights, funded in part by LEF.

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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.


Michelle Wright, Lexington Children’s Place and LPS District Nurse, will attend the National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference. She is particularly interested in exploring leadership roles school nurses can play in improving school health systemwide and the process and analysis of public policy as these relate to school health. (Awarded 2016-17)

Program Grants

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)

Elementary Robotics Curriculum Integration. Building on the successful LEF-funded pilot of an afterschool robotics and engineering program at Estabrook and Bridge Schools, LHS teachers and the LexRobotics team will extend the program to all Lexington elementary schools and train teachers to integrate robotics and engineering classes into the schools’ regular curriculum, as well. (Awarded 2015-16)

Engaging Students in STEM Using the Flying Classroom Curriculum. Fourth grade students will vicariously circle the globe on a “Flying Classroom” expedition that explores STEM, geography, cultural studies and history in locales around the world via a web-based “reality show” that engages students in hands-on discovery and inquiry and interactive simulations. (Awarded 2015-16)