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NEF Honors 2018-2019 Grant Awardees

On May 20, 2019, NEF held an awards reception to honor those who were awarded grants during the 2018-2019 school year.  Held at the Eliot School,the ceremony featured remarks by Superintendent Dan Gutekanst and NEF co-presidents Kelly Partridge and Joanna Herrera.  Each grant award recipient was provided with a certificate and thanked for their efforts in applying for a grant. 

2018-2019 Grant Recipients Pose for A Photo

NEF Awards Spring Grants!

The Needham Education Foundation announced the recipients of 10 grants totaling $31,345 in its third and last grant cycle of the 2018-19 school year.

The NEF has funded 35 grants this school year for a sum of $127,890.

Elizabeth Lee, a parent at Hillside, was awarded a grant for engineering backpacks for kindergarteners that will include materials, books and instructions for students and parents to complete a critical thinking and building project. Thanks to a grant by first grade teacher Susan Audibert, 20 teachers will take part in an 8-week mindfulness course and then bring mindfulness techniques into their classrooms. Carol-Ann Hurley, literacy specialist, was awarded a grant to fund the creation of an innovative school-wide bookroom that will allow teachers to easily access individual, small group and whole-class texts by subject area.

Mitchell’s Media Center will undergo a redesign with a grant written by principal Greg Bayse. The new Media Center will house traditional and digital media, a STEAM learning center and spaces for collaborative student and adult work. Mitchell parent Liza d’Hemecourt received a grant to fund a screening of the documentary, “Far From the Tree,” which discusses the challenges of parenting and educating students with differences in areas including gender identity, physical ability, cognition, race and ethnicity.

Newman Assistant Principal Andrea Vargas received a grant to fund a Teaching Tolerance Workshop: Facilitating Difficult Conversations for a group of administrators, teachers and specialists, as well as copies of the book, “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain” with a goal of deepening understanding of equity in education.

High Rock will have an expanded collection of Spanish-language and Latino-experience literature thanks to grant writer Elyssa Schneider, a Spanish teacher. Erin Mack, instructional technology teacher, received a grant to fund the purchase of robotics equipment so that teachers may determine which robot/coding would best work in their classrooms.

 

Sue Doherty, library media teacher at Pollard, received a grant to fund audiobooks to meet the needs of special education, general education and ELL students.

Needham High School history teacher Laura Magno received funding so she can attend the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Summer Institute and learn how to leverage their resources for the teaching of American history.

The next opportunity to apply for a grant through the NEF will be this coming fall.

 

Interdisciplinary Learning Initiative

NEF partnered with Needham High School to integrate interdisciplinary learning into the curriculum at Needham High School.  Beginning with the Greater Boston Project, IL is now part of the fabric of learning at Needham High School.  The video below provides an overview of this collaborative initiative between Needham Education Foundation and the Needham Public Schools. 

 

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Grant Awardees!

A reception was held on May 1st at the Eliot School to honor those administrators, teachers, parents and students who received NEF grants during the 

2017-2018 school year.  See the video from the celebration.  

NEF Awards $35,000 in Grants to Needham Public Schools

For more information contact:

Alison Rivers, Communications

Needham Education Foundation

 

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Needham Education Foundation Awards $35,664 in Fall Grants

 

November 22, 2017 – The Needham Education Foundation (NEF) announced the recipients of 16 grants totaling $35,664 in the fall small grants cycle at the Needham School Committee meeting last night.  Awarded grants include: playaways and digital magazines for the high school library, a giant floor map for Pollard, ukuleles for the Eliot School, an author panel at the high school, and a visit from two Lost Boys of Sudan at Newman.  Other grants awarded:

 

  • Lighting equipment for the performing arts departments at Needham High School, Pollard and High Rock, so that students will learn to operate lights and sound for all NPS performances.

 

  • A collaboration between Pollard and the Needham Community Farm to fund a new STRETCH class and club where students will learn about food justice and gardening.

 

  • Dialectical behavior stress management skill training for teachers at Pollard so that students will learn lasting skills for stress management. A parent information session will also be offered.

 

  • Breakout EDU Kits for the elementary schools and High Rock, which offer a fun, creative way to develop team-building skills, critical thinking skills and can span all subjects and topics.  Students work collaboratively to solve a series of problems to open locked boxes.

 

  • A visit to each elementary school from Eine Kleine Konsort, a professional recorder quartet comprised of veteran music educators.

 

The NEF is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for the enrichment of public school children in Needham. Since 1990, the NEF has funded more than 675 grants, totaling over $2.75 million, to promote innovation and excellence in education. To learn more about the Needham Education Foundation, please visit www.nefneedham.org.

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