Special Initiative and ITI Grant Awards

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Foundation for Belmont Education
Special Initiative and Innovative Teaching Initiative Professional Development Grants
Approved May 2017 for FY2018

Special Initiative Award Approved for FY2017

Belmont High School BHS Auditorium Pianos to partially fund the purchase of two new concert pianos for the BHS auditorium $ 2,500
Special Initiative Award (FY17) $ 2,500

Special Initiative Awards Approved for FY2018

System-wide Achievement Gap Professional Learning to provide professional learning for all Belmont educators to learn about race, our students’ experience, and how we can improve the experience for our African-American/Black students to create the optimal climate to support their learning $ 21,980
System-wide Social Emotional Learning,

2017-18 (year 3)

to continue training in the knowledge and practices of SEL, including instruction in facilitation skills for SEL steering committee members, and a workshop series, which will be led by the SEL consultant $16,600
System-wide Studying Skillful Teaching, 2017-2018 to offer a course for 25 teachers in June 2018 on the research-based best practices in all aspects of teaching and learning for Professional Development $15,375
Special Initiative Awards (FY18) $53,955

 

Innovative Teaching Initiative Professional Development Approved for FY2018

Applicant Target School Award Title Grant Purpose Amount
Elizabeth Baker Belmont High School Curriculum Development for 3D Printer Inclusion to incorporate the new NVBots 3D printer into the curricula for Computer-Aided Design and Electronics and Intro to Programming $1,600
Deborah McDevitt Belmont High School News Literacy to create a curriculum to build student critical thinking skills around appropriately accessing and analyzing media in the digital age, with a view to incorporating these skills into research and historical study throughout the rest of high school and beyond $1,800
Jessica DeFrances Elementary Math for Teachers: Online Course with Jo Boaler to provide 35 elementary teachers, special educators, specialists, and administrators with professional development in the area of mathematics $2,800
Elizabeth Baker System-wide Belmont attends the MAST Conference to send Belmont Science and Technology teachers to the state’s annual Science Teacher (MAST) conference to be inspired and bring back new ideas to the district as we design curriculum to support the 2016 Standards, particularly focusing on Science and Engineering Practices $750
Elizabeth Baker Belmont High School Professional Development on the Science and Engineering Practices for BHS to further the BHS Science department in aligning with the 2016 Massachusetts STE Curriculum Frameworks by more actively engaging students with the Science and Engineering Practices in every course $750
Danielle Betancourt Butler School Professional Development for Third Grade Google Classrooms & Digital Literacy to provide innovative professional development to Butler’s third grade teachers and specialists to increase their skills and capacity to effectively support students to use Chromebooks for creative and collaborative learning $1,800
Amy Spangler Wellington School Sara Ward Executive Function Training to build awareness and expertise among Wellington staff and parents regarding executive functioning $3,150
Lindsey Rinder Chenery Middle School Analyzing and Creating Digital Media to build the ability of 6th and 7th grade Chenery students to analyze and, centrally, create digital media to present information and share their own stories $2,970
Jaynene Dellitt-Young All

Elementary

Units of Study for Teaching Reading Implementation to provide additional Units of Study for Teaching Reading kits to all 2nd grade teachers, as well as the time to collaborate and plan instruction during the summer months, and to purchase additional kits for other grade level teams to support study groups during the 2017-2018 school year $13,325
Elizabeth Baker Chenery Middle School Teacher Teaching Teachers Geology to utilize teacher expertise to share content knowledge with other grade levels preparing to teach geology under the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework $2,740
Danielle Betancourt Butler School Fostering a Culturally Responsive Community for Learning to help the Butler School continue to develop into a culturally responsive community that effectively supports and challenges all of learners $2,821
Elizabeth Baker Belmont High School Neurobiology Curriculum Writing to modify the existing Neurobiology curriculum to include more Science and Engineering Practices and opportunities for collaborative learning $2,400
Lindsey Rinder Belmont High School Senior Capstone Project to reinvent the senior thesis for a new generation of learners in order to increase student choice and voice $2,720
Colleen Foley System-Wide (BHS & Chenery) Incorporating Innovative Teaching Practices in the Foreign Languages to provide foreign language teachers with work time to develop lessons, learning activities, and assessments incorporating innovative teaching practices acquired during FBE funded workshops so that students will be able to further develop their abilities to communicate in the target language $3,800
Steve Mazzola Belmont High School Belmont High School Instructional Technology Team to form an energetic team of up to fifteen teachers at Belmont High School who will collaborate to support the successful integration of technological resources to promote student learning $9,895
Lindsey Rinder Chenery Middle School A Differentiated Non-Fiction Reading and Media Literacy Curriculum to strengthen middle school students’ ability to analyze media and detect “fake news,” as well as improve the 6th grade non-fiction reading class by adding opportunities for challenge and extension $3,429
  ITI Special Initiative Professional Development Awards (FY18) $56,750
  GRAND TOTAL $113,205

Foundation for Belmont Education
Special Initiative and Innovative Teaching Initiative Professional Development Grants
Approved May 2016 for FY2017

Belmont High Innovative Teaching Initiative, Year 4 to purchase technology-based learning tools (iPad technology) as part of Year 4 of the FBE’s Innovative Teaching Initiative. $60,125
INNOVATIVE TEACHING

INITIATIVE AWARD

$60,125
   

 

Systemwide Social Emotional Learning

2016-17

to continue training in the knowledge and practices of SEL, including instruction in facilitation skills for SEL steering committee members, and a workshop series, which will be led by the SEL consultant. $38,000
Systemwide Studying Skillful Teaching for Professional Development for 2016-2017. $14,500
Systemwide Analyzing Teaching for Student Results to allow four district leaders (evaluators) to attend a course which provides a common language for evaluators and educators to talk about effective instruction, and equips evaluators with the tools and knowledge to support their ability to observe and give effective feedback to educators. $  4,800
SPECIAL INITIATIVE AWARDS $57,300

 

Applicant School Title Purpose Amount
Deborah McDevitt Belmont High Creating an International Economics Summit at BHS to provide training for teachers to create an International Economic Summit at BHS and planning time for teachers to develop the curriculum to prepare students to participate in the Summit. $1,635
Elizabeth Baker Belmont High Creating Computer Models in Physics Class to develop computer models of computer code covering each of the 13 units of study in a typical physics curriculum. These models will consist of computer code, written in either the Python or VPython languages, that can control visible objects on the computer screen. $   800

 

 

Applicant School Title Purpose Amount
Patty Soliozy Belmont High Project Based Learning in Algebra 2 Honors 1 to implement project based learning into the Algebra 2 Honors 1 curriculum to allow students to demonstrate mastery of content through creative and collaborative methods rather than strict use of formal assessment. $1,200
Lindsey Rinder Chenery Supporting

Our Students Through Nonfiction

to invigorate the English Language Arts curriculum through an inquiry approach to learning, expanding our repertoire of high-interest, non-fiction leveled texts and incorporating current events via online resources, to improve both student engagement and student understanding of the form and function of non-fiction while building background knowledge. $3,360
Elizabeth Baker Belmont High Zoology for the Future to innovate the BHS College Prep Zoology curriculum to align with current research, technology, school and district priorities by researching other curricula and reading materials, creating a framework for the curriculum, and incorporating SMARTBoard and iPad technology into the curriculum. $1,800
Jaynene Dellitt-Young Winn Brook Immigration Unit Development,

4th Grade

to enhance the 4th grade Immigration Social Studies Unit including professional development from Primary Source, planning time to further develop this curriculum, and the opportunity to incorporate a classroom field trip to the Commonwealth Museum and the Kennedy Institute during the 2016-2017 school year. $6,255

 

 

 

Applicant School Title Purpose Amount
Deborah McDevitt Chenery Interdisciplinary Innovation in Grades 5 & 6 using iPads to provide planning time for teachers to apply their learning from the Creating Digitally Curious English, Humanities & Social Studies Classroom training and create interdisciplinary lessons and projects in grades 5 and 6 ELA and social studies classes. $2,000
Deborah McDevitt Belmont High Using GoogleEarth to Extend Student Learning in Modern World History to enable the incorporation of the Google Earth application into the Modern World History curriculum in order to expand the course’s global reach and relevance for students. $1,095
Colleen Foley Belmont High Utilizing Authentic Interviews to Aid Cross-Cultural Proficiency and Linguistic Development to provide French and Chinese teachers with curriculum development time to allow innovative lesson planning integrating the new online resources which facilitate language development and cultural proficiency. $2,000
Jaynene Dellitt-Young Winn Brook Massachusetts Reading Association-MRA 2017 to allow 15 reading specialists and special education teachers to attend the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA) conference April 6-7, 2017. $4,500
Tricia Clifford Burbank School Open Circle Training for Specialists at Burbank to provide Open Circle Training to specialist teachers at the Burbank School to support the Social Emotional Learning curriculum. $   800
Colleen Foley Belmont High BHS Language Lab Improvements for Collaboration to upgrade the BHS Language Lab system to facilitate improved collaboration, integrate iPad technology, and extend learning beyond the classroom. $12,152
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

TO SUPPORT

INNOVATIVE TEACHING

$37,597

 

GRAND TOTAL $155,022

Foundation for Belmont Education
Special Initiative and Innovative Teaching Initiative Professional Development Grants
Approved May 2015 for FY2016

BHS Innovative Teaching Initiative To purchase technology-based learning tools (iPad technology). $95,805
INNOVATIVE TEACHING

INITIATIVE AWARD

 

$95,805

 

 

District Wide Small Technology Fund To train staff in 11th grade and beyond in iPad related curriculum opportunities and to hire a consultant to provide teacher support during this transition. $10,000
District Wide Social Emotional Learning Program To fund planning for a district-wide Social-Emotional Learning program. $25,000
BHS Innovative Teaching with iPads To train staff in 11th grade and beyond in iPad related curriculum opportunities and to hire a consultant to provide teacher support during this transition. $17,700
 

SPECIAL INITIATIVE AWARDS

 

$52,700

 

 

Applicant School Title Purpose Amount
Jaynene Dellitt-Young/Janet Carey/Amy Spangler Wellington & Winn Brook Integrating Technology into Reading Instruction and Intervention with the iPad To train reading specialists on iPad applications to assist in their literacy intervention strategies. $1,490
Lindsey Rinder Chenery Project Based Learning: Of Mice and Men Mock Trial To enable the eighth grade English teacher team to collaborate and strengthen the 8th grade “Of Mice and Men” mock trial experience by utilizing community resources and research. $3,360
Deb McDevitt/Heidi Pasternack BHS Innovating Modern World History Curriculum using new Technology and the iPads To attend Ed Tech Teacher training and spend four days doing curriculum development to redesign the Modern World History class with innovative classroom instruction utilizing the iPad. $1,555
Lindsey Rinder BHS Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice To redevelop the Creative Writing Course at Belmont High School utilizing new resources and technologies. $600
Colleen Foley BHS Utilizing Authentic Interviews to Aid in Cross-Cultural Proficiency and Linguistic Development To fund the online program (“This Is Language”) that will be incorporated into the lesson planning in order to enhance the curriculum of the High School Spanish classes. $4,300
Jessica Baron BHS Using “The Physics Classroom” To incorporate a new resource (“The Physics Classroom”) website into the ninth grade curriculum to enhance students’ learning. $800
Patty Soliozy BHS Using Technology to Investigate and Analyze Multiple Representations of Functions in Algebra 1 To integrate technology by adopting a new iPad accessible textbook in the Algebra 1 curriculum and lesson planning for ninth grade students. $800
Arto Asadoorian All Elementary K-4 Music Curriculum Review – Updating and Enhancing the Student Experience To provide working sessions for all four elementary Music Teachers to update and enhance their instructional activities allowing students to learn in ways that are more relevant to today’s students. $1,800
Arto Asadoorian BHS iPad Training, Smart Music and Assessment – Updating and Enhancing the Student Experience To train staff on integrating SmartMusic software into performing ensembles at BHS.   $1,180
Jaynene Dellitt-Young All Elementary Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Professional Development To provide all four elementary school reading specialists three days of training in Leveled Literacy Intervention to support this system already being utilized in the district. $1,900
Janet Carey Winn Brook & Butler EmPOWER Writing Intervention To send three elementary special education teachers to the EmPOWER Writing Course in order to learn strategies for implementing successful writing intervention, plus six hours each of collaboration time. $2,970
Jaynene Dellitt-Young All Elementary Daily 5 Online Seminar and Study Group To allow 25 elementary teachers to participate in an online summer seminar on the Daily 5 to develop strategies for structuring classroom literacy time. $4,645
Jaynene Dellitt-Young All Elementary Shared Inquiry Course from the Great Books Foundation To provide 25 teachers, specialists and aides in grades 2-4 access to a two day shared inquiry course to in order to have same foundation across all elementary buildings. $5,625
Janet Carey Winn Brook Examining Student Motivation and Learning a New Approach for Teaching Children with Behavioral Challenges To provide a half-day of training next fall for all staff at the Winn Brook school as well as three day workshop for the guidance counselor in Collaborative Problem Solving. $3,275
Amy Spangler Wellington Furthering Growth Mindset Professional Learning To train a core group of staff to become “experts” on teaching and implementing Growth Mindset in the classroom. $600
Tricia Clifford Burbank Open Circle at the Burbank School To train the three third grade teachers at Burbank in Open Circle Curriculum. $3,000
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO SUPPORT INNOVATIVE TEACHING  

$37,900

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

 

$186,405