Fall Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The deadline for the first round of CEF Professional Development and Innovation Grants for the 2016-17 academic year is October 13, 2016. Completed applications should be submitted directly to Superintendent Jim Shea.  Click here to download the application for the CEF Professional Development Grant.  Click here to download the application for the CEF Innovation Grant.

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.

Goals for the program are:

  • To encourage new and innovative programs which are consistent with the Carlisle Public School goals but beyond the scope of the regular school budget.
  • To enhance and promote exceptional teaching in the Carlisle Public Schools
  • To encourage creativity and leadership from teachers and administrators
  • To support grants that impact a significant number of students
  • To support professional development and innovative programs that have a lasting benefit on the Carlisle Public Schools – to empower the Carlisle education community to “think outside the box.”

Two types of grants are available: Professional Development Grants and Innovation Grants. Requests for Professional Development grants can include the following:

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

Requests for Innovation grants might include:

  • 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

Please remember that all grant applications need to be approved by the superintendent before CEF can consider them. If you would like to discuss the feasibility of an idea, please contact the CEF Grant Committee.

CEF Announces Spring Grant Recipients

During the 2015-2016 academic year, CEF will award a total of $61,337 in Professional Development and Innovation grants to our faculty and administration in support of educational excellence in Carlisle Public Schools. We are thrilled to announce awards in the amount of $23,326 as part of our spring grant cycle to the following recipients, pending approval from the Carlisle School Committee:

Carlisle Public Schools: $6,250 Innovation Grant to participate in the Challenge Success Program developed by Stanford University. Beginning in Fall 2016, Challenge Success will provide coaching and planning for school leadership, faculty, students and parents to provide a well-balanced and meaningful curriculum to maximize student learning, and to build a community of respect in a safe and health learning environment.

Carrie Wilson and 4 faculty members: $3,280 Professional Development Grant to attend the 2016 Building Learning Communities Education Conference, part of the Alan November Learning Institute, in Boston this July. This conference will assist in the initiative to plan a collaborative visionary model of integrated technological teaching in Carlisle Public Schools.

Brad Cranston and Wendy Stack, 7th Grade Math Teachers: $3,840 Professional Development Grant to attend the National Science Teachers Association 2016 National Conference in Nashville. In addition, CEF invited Engineering Specialist Ginny Lamere to also attend the conference to further enhance how Carlisle Public Schools integrate engineering into the curriculum.

Frances Ingram, Special Educator: $695 Professional Development Grant to attend a Wilson Reading System introductory workshop in June. The goal of the workshop is to improve learning outcomes for students who struggle with reading due to a language-based disability.

Maya Bery, Librarian: $1,855 Professional Development Grant to attend the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Denver this June. Maya was selected to be a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for the 2016-17 school year. Attending this conference will allow her to take sessions covering the latest in education technology, apps, technology integration and instruction, all particularly relevant as she will be integrating new iPads into the library curriculum as the final phase in the library transformation to learning commons.

Lesley Yanka and 3 faculty members: $956 Professional Development Grant to attend the Guided Math Seminar featuring Deborah Allen Wirth and Dr. Barbara Blake. The goal of the seminar is to learn teaching strategies to increase motivation, involvement and success in math.

Linda Vanaria and 12 additional faculty members: $6,450 Professional Development Grant to attend the B.U. School of Education Summer Literacy Institute in June. The objective of the program is to learn effective teaching strategies to increase educational opportunities for all literary learners. This grant will be supplemented by Carlisle Public School professional development funds.