Concord Education Fund


CPS: K-8

Using Data Loggers in the Elementary Science Classroom

Grant Amount: $2,696

Project Leader: Robert Fardy, K-5 Science Curriculum Specialist

It is a demonstrable fact that science education is more effective when students, especially in the elementary grades, are permitted to use hands-on experiments to illuminate concepts. The study of weather is a significant part of the curriculum in grades 1, 3 and 4. This grant funds kits that enable children to gather data for weather study using hand held instruments, thus engaging their imagination and improving the effectiveness of the instruction.

Multicultural Education in the Art Room

Grant Amount: $2,730

Project Leaders: Barbara Gordon-O’Connor, Eleanne Rosenburg,

Kate Hiltz, Kristin Saunders

Art is perhaps a young student’s most personal form of expression. For a diverse population of students, it is important to provide a range of cultural experiences to help them express their individuality. This grant will fund the introduction of multicultural picture books into the art department, enabling students of color to validate their uniqueness in a warm, welcoming setting.

Extending Pilot: Improving Comprehension Through Making Meaning

Grant Amount: $19,074

Project Leaders: Susan Chafe, Beverly Gauthier, Margery Condon,

Language ArtsSpecialists at Willard, Alcott and Thoreau

In 2004, the Concord Education Fund was pleased to support the implementation of Making Meaning, a program that combines reading comprehension strategies with social skills and community building. Last year, as a pilot program, Making Meaning was introduced in a limited number of classrooms. To build on the success of this program, its implementation will be extended at each elementary school – Alcott, Thoreau, and Willard.

SOS Program Supervisor

Grant Amount: $5,600

Project Leaders: Julee Vitello, Janette Dodge, Sherree Lenkarski,

Elementary School Behavioral Specialists

One highly effective strategy for developing appropriate standards of behavior in young students is to provide a mentor in the form of an older student. Not only does a mentoring program help the younger student learn to avoid inappropriate and problematic behaviors, it also helps the mentor to develop greater standards of responsibility and self-esteem. This grant funds the development of a new program called Supportive Older Students (SOS), an after-school program designed to help at-risk elementary students develop positive social learning attitudes and skills.

Making Classroom Technology More Interactive

Grant Amount: $46,076

Project Leaderst: Kathy Forbes, Instructional Technology, CMS

Gene Warfel, Director of Information Technology, CPS & CCHS

Active Board technology has revolutionized the classroom experience. By making all visual material interactive, teachers can show math and science processes in action … overlay text on drawings to teach sequentially … access a wealth of digital assets … and much, much more. Last year, the CEF funded the implementation of Active Board technology at CCHS; this grant will bring this important educational tool to the Elementary and Middle Schools.

Royalty Free Music Library for Video Production

Grant Amount: $511

Project Leader: Robin Cicchetti, Willard School Librarian

As multi-media productions become a greater part of the curriculum throughout the school system, it is important to provide the right tools. This grant funds a library of royalty-free music, which can be used across the system for multi-media production. Not only will this increase the quality of the presentations, it will also teach the importance placed on intellectual property and producing quality material for broadcast that respects the law. This entire library is available for use free of royalties.

Interactive Learning Project

Grant Amount: $1,390

Project Leader: Rachael Osinski, Grade 4 teacher, Alcott

One of the benefits of the internet is its power to literally transport the user to far-flung corners of the globe. This grant uses online technology in an extremely innovative and exciting way – to engage in “electronic field trips” and videoconferences. With professionally hosted, interactive field trips, children in the Alcott 4 th grade will be able to “visit” exotic locations that match their curricular needs – such as Egypt and the Cleveland Museum, where experts will host them and provide interactive instruction. It’s the next best thing to actually visiting!

Deepening The Art Experience for Middle School Students

Grant Amount: $11,302

Project Leader: Linda Anderson, Cheryl Shea, Art Teachers, CMS;

Eleanne Rosenburg, K-12 Art Coordinator

The CMS art curriculum is in the process of being revised to enable students to delve into concepts and techniques that allow for enhanced artistic expression. The art classes will make the students feel more like working artists, and will integrate artistic expression more deeply into their daily lives. In addition, they will gain far greater exposure to diverse and sophisticated equipment and materials. This grant funds the start-up costs for several additional units for the CMS Art Department, including Bookmaking, Printmaking, and Three-Dimensional Art. With more opportunities for self-expression, more students will enjoy the rewards and benefits of art.

Integrating Technology into Everyday Teaching and Learning in the English and Social Studies Classroom and Curriculum

Grant Amount: $12,445

Project Leaders: Barbara Peskin, Kathy Forbes, Seeta Durvasula,

Sarah Oelkers, Dan Murphy, Eric Beers

Group editing of student short stories … viewing embedded video in a presentation of world culture … communicating with students anywhere in the world on subjects that are mutually interesting. These are a few of the educational opportunities that technology currently brings into Social Studies and English classes in CMS. The problem? Not enough workstations! Teachers and classrooms vie for these resources, having to share the few workstations now available. This grant funds an additional five workstations, enabling every student greater access to vital educational experiences.

CCHS: 9-12

Canoe Project

Grant Amount: $1,000

Project Leaders: Kathy Pendergast, Joseph Hehn, Jason Messina

The Alternative Program at CCHS serves students who have experienced difficulties in the mainstream setting of the high school. The curriculum is one in which cooperative learning, career awareness and experiential learning are stressed. Participants will build and launch a full-size canoe as part of the program – by working together as a group and accomplishing a tangible result, students will build self-esteem and learn the strategies of forming a functioning group – crucial skills to promote academic success.

Royal Attire for the Sun King

Project Leader: Benjamin Kendall

Grant Amount: $500

History comes alive when it is placed into context and shown to involve real people in recognizable situations. We can passively listen to a lecture about the accomplishments and challenges of Louis XIV of France, or we can see him walk into the classroom and tell his own story! For the CCHS World Cultures program, teacher Benjamin Kendall transforms himself into the Sun King and presents a highly interactive program to illustrate the great king’s history and life. This grant supports this imaginative and hugely popular approach by purchasing a costume to facilitate the presentation.

Projecting the Future of Science at CCHS

Grant Amount: $11,996

Project Leader: Ray Pavlik (Earth Science; Science Dept. chair),

Elisa D’Amore (Earth Science), Matt Goldberg (Biology),

Cricket McCaffrey-Clark (Chemistry), Marybeth Clark (Physics)

In science, effective demonstrations are vital to successful teaching – the ability to show scientific phenomena in action greatly increases the likelihood of comprehension and retention. This grant funds the necessary computer and projection equipment that will enable teachers to integrate digital images, animations and other visual assets into their curricula. The computers and projections units can be easily integrated with the Active board systems currently installed in the classrooms.

Auditorium Equipment Enhancement

Project Leader: Chuck Brown

Grant Amount: $7,395

Enhancing the sound and media equipment will expand the opportunities to use the auditorium as an educational setting. It will be used by students, faculty, administration, guest lecturers, and members of the performing arts program in the high school and in all schools in the district. Student volunteers will install and calibrate the audio and media equipment funded by this grant, which will dramatically improve the quality of presentation in this facility. This equipment can be moved or adapted to a new setting if need be.