Brookline Education Foundation 2014-15 Grants

PTO Says Thank You to Monica Crowley
Tuesday, June 3
7:45-8:30 am
(PTO Meeting to begin at 8:30)

Please drop in for coffee, a breakfast treat, and to say thank you to Vice Principal Monica Crowley for her six years of caring and skilled leadership at Lawrence School.

Brookline Education Foundation 2014-15 Grants at Lawrence School

Last week, at its annual “Celebrating Teachers” event, the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) announced its grant recipients for 2014-15. Several Lawrence teachers will benefit from the grants described below.   On behalf of the entire Lawrence faculty, I would like to express our appreciation to the BEF for its continued support of a vibrant professional learning culture in Brookline.

Young Adult Literature Symposium

Kathy Moriarty, Librarian

Eight educators from across the district will attend this Young Adult Literature (YA) symposium to learn about the latest trends in the field, new titles, and innovative ways to incorporate YA literature into the curriculum. Participants will use what they learn to help build a strong YA collection with a balance of genres to support curriculum and to set students on the path to becoming life-long readers.

National Teachers of Mathematics Conference

Anu Advani, Katy McGraw, and Malia Scott, Math Specialists
Lora Smid & Charles Deily, Gr. 6-8 Math Teachers                                

Middle school mathematics instructors and math specialists will work to enhance the experience of all students by focusing on methods for embedding math practices in instruction, incorporating technology to enhance math instruction, and adopting changes in content and pedagogy required by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Mathematics.

Taiko Drumming: Finding Our Spark

Alicia Hsu (Gr. 3), Kristen Alper (Technology), Monica Crowley (Vice Principal), Dominique Ferdinand (Kindergarten), Akiko Kawai (ELL), Sharon Kiernan (Gr. 3), Marie Leman (Gr. 3), Katy McGraw (Math Specialist), Katherine Nguyen (Gr. 4), and Rhodinne Wang (Gr. 5)

Ten Lawrence educators will develop collegial, physical, and emotional fitness by learning the ancient art of Taiko drumming together at Genki Spark. While affording participants a chance to explore and cross cultural borders together, this grant also will provide an opportunity for team building and personal rejuvenation.

Leadership: An Evolving Vision                                                                             

Monica Crowley, Incoming OLS Principal, and Rick Rogers, Lawrence School Principal

Monica and I expect to strengthen our leadership skills and revitalize our personal vision of leadership at a seven-day summer institute sponsored by the Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We will focus on learning new strategies to enhance our work as school leaders to create a positive learning environment for all students and a reflective and innovative professional community for faculty.

Rick Rogers

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