Many of the grants we fund are pilot programs so a teacher can try something new without having to pull funds out of the main curriculum budget. We look to fund initiatives that have the broadest possible effect on our community, and the best chance of helping teachers to try and learn new things that benefit our students. Previous grants from best total over $750,000!
In the spring of 2016 we funded the following grants:
Chicken Hatchery for Grade 3
This incubation kit and eggs will help demonstrate animal lifecycles through active observation for all Grade 3 students.
Math Technology Suite for Spofford Pond
This suite provides intensive assistance to students in grades 3-6 and offers math specialists the opportunity to customize learning on iPads and/or project group lessons to a digital blackboard via Apple TV.
Project Adventure for Sixth Grade Teachers
This professional development course mirrors the course that sixth grade students are offered each Fall. Teachers develop strategies that help foster creative problem solving, learn social and emotional skill building techniques and practice collaborative teamwork – lessons that they can reinforce in the classroom throughout the year.
Music for Everyone
A professional development course for Spofford Pond’s Band Director to learn how to develop an inclusive music program and teach music to students with disabilities.
Visiting Scientists in Grade 5
This is the 2nd year of the pilot for this innovative science curriculum booster. Every two weeks, visiting scientists join 5th grade classrooms to teach memorable, hands-on, science lessons that are built around the curriculum being taught in the classroom.
Sixth Grade Science Fair
A continuation of learning from the program offered in Grade 5, the visiting scientists will return to Spofford Pond to implement a comprehensive Sixth Grade Science Fair and share the process with sixth grade teachers to showcase the unique, innovative, inspired projects created by 6th grade students.
Professional Development Course for Guidance Counselors at Cole School