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.
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 2017)
2016-17 Program Grants
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.
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.
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.