Spring Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The Carlisle Education Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Spring cycle of Professional Development and Innovation Grants. CEF grants have been established to enhance and promote exceptional teaching in Carlisle Public Schools, to encourage creativity and leadership in teachers and administrators, and to positively impact as many students as possible.

CEF offers two types of grant awards:

Professional Development Grants:

    • Off-site professional workshops/training without students/conferences
    • Visit other schools to observe “best practices”
    • Guests lecturers for training in-services or training sessions

Innovation Grants:

    • New pilot academic programs
    • Equipment, supplies, and materials necessary for implementation of new programs (CEF grants do NOT fund general classroom supplies)
    • New technology enrichment for the school and students

Application deadline is March 13, 2017. All applications must be reviewed and approved by the Superintendent before CEF can consider them. For more information or to download application forms, please visit our grants page. For more information contact Alyson Becker at infocarlislecef.org.

CEF Announces Fall Grant Recipients

Susan Ross, Occupational Therapist:  $2406 Professional Development Grant to attend the 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Philadelphia, PA.  Sue will gather and share updated information and tools based on current research findings to proactively meet the needs of students who in the early elementary years begin to struggle in the school setting.

Carrie Wilson and six faculty members:  $4095 Professional Development Grant to attend EdTech iPad Summit in Boston, MA.  CPS technology faculty, educational faculty and school leadership faculty will work together to continue to strengthen our integrated learning culture through the innovative use of the iPad in the classroom. The goal in attending this workshop is to increase our cohesiveness for integrated technological teaching in the Carlisle Public Schools

Kathi Macklis and seven faculty members: $4622 Professional Development Grant to attend the Literacy for All: Transforming Lives Through Literacy conference in Providence, RI.  The LFAC conference will offer details for designing a rigorous and challenging curriculum that includes research-based practices, differentiated instruction, and scaffolding techniques to promote the literacy success of all students.

Courtney Longaker and Rachel Levy:  $2274 Professional Development Grant to attend the 2017 National Art Educators Association Convention in New York, NY.  Convention participants experience exemplary practices and methodologies supported by research and aligned with art education standards and best practices.  A common goal of this annual convention is to support student learning in and through art education, preparing students for college, careers, and citizenship.

Tara Callahan, Music/Choral Teacher:  $1000 Professional Development Grant towards expenses to attend the American Choral Directors Association 2017 National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.  The conference features interest sessions specific to choral educators, and Honor Choirs comprised of students from all over the country are a significant component of the conference.  Thirteen CPS students in grades 5-8 submitted auditions for these honor choirs, and we anticipate that Carlisle will be well represented by many of these hopeful participants.

Carlisle Public Schools, Carrie Wilson: $3000 Innovation Grant to install one television display monitor in a prominent and visible area of the school in order to share student learning, events and messages to our school community. This capability will enhance our work for global sharing and will promote our continued focus on our positive climate for teaching and learning.  The monitor will be a means to communicate progress of our school with a larger audience. Combining the power of digital images and videos with multi-media applications (slideshows, web pages, podcasts, movies, etc.) will help showcase student creativity and achievements.