The Carlisle Education Foundation received a total of 10 applications in October which we reviewed as part of our Fall Grant Cycle. We are pleased to award grants totaling $38,011 to the following recipients:
Liz Perry, 7th Grade Math: $1,755 Professional Development Grant to attend the MidSchoolMath National Conference in Santa Fe, NM from February 19-20, 2016. This conference is focused entirely on middle school math topics. Participants will learn and co-create with some of the nation’s most extraordinary teachers using a combination of the oldest and newest forms of pedagogy, from story-telling and mathematics to cutting edge software. Topics include developing your own curriculum; building a mathematical culture in the classroom; motivation and drive, the importance of a growth mindset, teaching to understand why, not just how; universal design for learning, and more.
Jeff Hechenbleikner, School Psychologist: $1,749 Professional Development Grant to attend the National Association of School Psychologists 2016 Annual Convention from Feb. 10-13, 2016 in New Orleans. His goals are to stay abreast current best practices, learn strategies and interventions that will help better serve the current school population, and be able to share these learned strategies with teachers, staff, students and parents.
Maya Bery, Librarian: $997 Professional Development Grant to attend the American Association of School Librarians Conference in Ohio this November. The AASL Conference brings together librarians from throughout the country to share the latest trends and technologies to support student learning.
Andrea Steffek, Spanish Instructor: $1,940 Professional Development Grant to enroll in a Spanish for Spanish Teachers course in Costa Rica. This course is designed for teachers and will increase their pedagogical expertise by discussing controversial grammatical topics, as well as addressing how to integrate culture, history and politics into the current curriculum.
Lesley Yanka, Dennet Sidell, Jack Tiano and one Special Educator: $7,620 Professional Development Grant to attend the Bureau of Education and Research conference, Co-Teaching that Works, in December. This intensive four-day conference in Boston features two top Co-Teaching experts and will focus on how to deliver high-quality, engaging and effective Co-Teaching training to all faculty, Pre-K through Grade 8.
Carlisle Public Schools, Dennet Sidell: $23,950 Innovation Grant to install amplification systems in every elementary and grade 5 classroom, as well as world language, music and art classrooms. In addition, the grant will also cover funding for 20 student microphones. These units assist teachers in having their voice heard when talking with the class so that all students hear instruction in ways they had not before. When students address the class, they can feel confident that all peers can hear them equally well. Students are less likely to become distracted if they hear all parts of a conversation and find it easier to stay on task even when given two- and three-part directions.