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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.

Interview with Co-Presidents

Sarah Winig and Kelly Partridge both joined the board of the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) three years ago and have since become co-presidents of the organization.

The NEF raises funds and awards grants to the public schools for programs and equipment that falls outside of public funding.

The NEF was founded in 1990 by Needham High alumni, who built a sustaining fund that helps the foundation today, though it still raises money each year. The grants have paid for all kinds of school programs, such as the DaVinci Engineering Lab, interdisciplinary projects and small grants to pay for authors or performers to come speak to the kids. Winig and Partridge sat down with The Needham Times to discuss the work they have done with the NEF. Read the full interview.

NEF Awards Over $30,000 in Grants to Needham Public Schools

Needham Education Foundation Awards $31,416 in Spring Grants
April 26, 2017 – The Needham Education Foundation (NEF) announced
the recipients of 7 grants totaling $31,415 in the spring small grants
cycle at the Needham School Committee meeting last night. The grants
included one express grant and one multi-school grant benefitting all
five elementary schools.
Awarded grants include:
• A multi-school grant to fund the purchase of Sphero SPRK Power
Packs for each elementary school. These robotic balls utilize a
visual block-based program and make learning the basic
principles of programming approachable and fun.
• Funds for materials and technology that will enrich the
curriculum of Engineering Design 101, a new course being offered
at Needham High
• An author visit with non-fiction writer Jerry Pallotta, who will
conduct presentations for students at Hillside to help increase
excitement for non-fiction reading and writing
• The purchase of 40 Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets which will
enable students at the High School to explore advanced digital
illustration using the same tools that many professional digital
artists currently use.
• A visit by Robin Pease, a Native American storyteller, who will
educate Eliot students on Native American mythology and history
through song, language, dance and games
• An Express Grant that replicates grants provided to the Mitchell,
Hillside, Eliot, and Newman Elementary Schools to provide more
culturally diverse classroom libraries at Broadmeadow
Elementary School
• Funds to develop a curriculum at Mitchell which aims to empower
fifth graders with the skills needed to practice everyday courage
and resilience
The NEF is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit
organization that raises funds for the enrichment of public school
children in Needham. Since 1990, the NEF has funded more than 645
grants, totaling over $2.75 million, to promote innovation and
excellence in education. To learn more about the Needham Education
Foundation and how you can support it, please visit
www.nefneedham.org.
For more information contact:
Gina Bliss, Communications
Needham Education Foundation
gbliss@nefneedham.org
781-433-0911

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