Concord Education Fund Announces Support for Q5

Concord Education Fund Announces Support for Q5

80 new electives focusing on everything from technology and culture, to ecology and film, to wellness and social justice, to creative writing and food

The Concord Education Fund is excited to be integral to the launch of Q5, the re-envisioned last two weeks of the CCHS school year – a 5th Quarter directly following the completion of final exams – when students will have the opportunity to select from more than 80 new electives that leverage the curiosity, knowledge, and passions of CCHS faculty.

Q5 encourages learning for learning’s sake, promotes non-traditional academic exploration, and fosters an open and connected school/community. Teachers look forward to sharing their various passions with students as well as learning from their colleagues. And teachers and students alike look forward to sharing interests and building new, different relationships in a less stressful, more engaging learning environment. Just listen to what the students are saying:

Q5 Sounds Fun!
I’m really excited to have Q5 at CCHS
This is very exciting and I am so glad to be able to explore different facets of learning that I would otherwise not be able to.
Alot of these courses look really interesting 🙂

Take some time to check out principal Mastrullo’s blog, watch the video, and read through the amazing courses being offered to see why the Concord Education Fund is so excited to be a part of Q5!

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New Innovation Lab is Moving Full Steam Ahead

New Innovation Lab is Moving Full Steam Ahead

Engineering/Maker Classes for Elementary Teachers and Students Building Excitement for New Innovation Lab

Progress continues on the new Innovation Lab at Ripley, a ‘maker space’ where elementary students can gather to share ideas and use tools and equipment to design, tinker, build and create solutions to design challenges encompassing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).

Infrastructure work at Ripley is still pending, but CEF-funded materials and training are moving full STEAM ahead. The Innovation Lab has already been put to work as an offsite learning environment where K-5 teachers discover innovative ways to incorporate making/engineering design challenges into the grade school curriculum. STEAM specialists from Lesley University working in partnership with CPS science leadership have conducted two district-wide development afternoons to an enthusiastic audience of K-2 educators.

According to Diane Kablik, CPS K-5 Science Curriculum Specialist, “The positive feedback and energy created by the teachers was so contagious; even the presenters from Lesley University said they were inspired by the group!”

Two more professional development sessions are planned along with a series of kick-off events featuring an entire day of STEAM activities at each of the Concord elementary schools:

Alcott – December 6th
Willard – December 7th
Thoreau – December 8th

And fifth graders will visit a temporary Innovation Lab at Ripley during the month of January where they will pilot 3-4 challenges dealing with circuits, magnetism and electricity:

Alcott – January 3, 4, 8, 11,
Thoreau – January 5, 10, 12, 17
Willard – January 22, 24, 25, 26

Kristen Herbert, CPS Director of Teaching & Learning praised the entire team of educators for their commitment and enthusiasm, but noted that none of the professional development opportunities or kick off events would have been possible without the generous support from the Concord Education Fund.

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