2017-2018 Excellence in Education Grant Program
Key Math - Implementation of Standards Based Special Education Testing : submitted by Elsa Aviza-Oberg & Lindsay Postizzi Plympton Elementary School. Key math is a standards based assessment tool used to evaluate the needs of Special Education students. Key Math helps pinpoint where students may be struggling and this allows Special Education teachers to tailor their instruction in order to help students succeed at their grade level.
Operation Stand & Draw: submitted by Kevin Keaney WHS Career Tech Ed & Graphic Design & Illustration. Operation Stand & Draw will create a healthier, safer, better designed classroom that is flexible, modular and designed specifically to allow for both group work and individual study. These adjustable tables will enable students to sit or stand while working, adjusting to ergonomically fit the individual.
Teacher-Parent Home Visits at WPS: submitted by Mary Jo Rendon. Teacher home visits opens lines of communication and brings families, students and educators together as equal partners and opens new lines of communication. The end goal of home visits is to enhance student learning and social-emotional growth at school.
YMCA @ Whittemore Elementary After School program: submitted by Waltham YMCA & Whittemore Elementary. Staff at the YMCA Before and After School program at the Whittemore Elementary School will work closely with school teachers, administration, parents and students to develop and implement resources that bridges the gap “home language” and “school language” for students who speak a language at home other than english.
Engaging Technology That Meets the Classroom Demands: submitted by Grade 1 teachers at Macarthur Elementary School. To provide STEM learning opportunities by using the Osmo system during intervention blocks. Osmo is an educational system that works with existing ipads as an interactive, hands on approach to learning.
Waltham Children’s Book Award Program: submitted by Carol Klatt and all WPS District Elementary School Library Teachers. This grant will provide each Elementary School to purchase books that provides specific time-proven or contemporary high quality literature. Students who read at least 5 of the titles provide will be able to vote for the best children’s book in Waltham. These books will enable students to increase reading skills through high quality literature with complex text.
Waltham Youth Work Collaborative: submitted by Kaytie Dowcett Waltham Partnership for Youth. This collaborative work will provide low-income Waltham youth with career development opportunities and job placement support by coordinating efforts among employer, educators and youth service providers. Waltham Partnership for Youth will serve as the backbone organization, coordinating all aspects of the program, recruiting students and employers, facilitating job placement and providing ongoing support and evaluation.
Keystone Leadership Program @ Waltham Boys & Girls Club: submitted by Erica Young & Jules LeBlanc, Waltham Boys & Girls Club staff. Keystone leadership Program is a teen character, leadership and citizenship program for young adults ages 14-18. Keystone supports educational success, building relationships, career readiness, philanthropic work and good citizenship.
Ergonomic Equipment for Design Class: submitted by Gayle Sullivan & Jennifer Smith, PhD WHS CTE program, Fashion Design Program. Purchase of 20 ergonomic sewing desks and chairs.
Sally Elizabeth Peters Enrichment Program
Model United Nations in the Classroom: submitted by Derek Vandergrift Director of History & Social Sciences. Students will learn about the role of the United Nations, research global issues, and will develop original position papers and speeches representing the interests of their selected countries. At the culmination of the experience, students will become delegates to the united nations and will represent their chosen nations at a mock parliamentary session focused upon a current global issue.
Linda King Memorial Fund
Incorporating Technology & Mathematical Engagement in the Classroom: submitted by Angela Ginthwain & Ann DeBarros Kennedy Middle School. Purchase of the Newpath Curriculum Learning Module and Q-Ball Wireless microphone. The Q-ball allows students to engage in interactive learning while practicing fine motor skills. The Q-ball provides amplified sound enabling the students (including hearing impaired) to understand the curriculum without hindering their ability to hear the information.
Northeast ELL Writing & Technology Project: submitted by Maria Russo Northeast Elementary. Purchase of Chromebooks to support ELL Writing and Technology projects and curriculum. This will allow staff to use Google products such as Google classroom, Docs and Read & Write on a daily basis and access the core curriculum better with ELL students.