2018 CEF Grant Awards

2018 CEF Grant Awards

Mindfulness, STEAM, Art, Music, Amphibians, Poetry, Chess & Support for Q5!

The Concord Education Fund, (CEF), an independent organization committed to empowering teachers and administrators at Concord Public Schools (CPS) and Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) has announced its 2018 grant recipients.

Among this year’s slate, is funding for a System-Wide Mindfulness Initiative put forward by the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Laurie Hunter. According to Dr. Hunter, “The CPS/CCHS Mindfulness Strategic Planning Committee has developed a shared vision and plan for Mindfulness in the school and community to better address the social, emotional and academic needs of our students.”

Building upon prior mindfulness work in the district, the CEF grant makes possible the incorporation of mindfulness materials and practices into the curriculum at every grade level, extends professional development to middle school teachers, and supports the establishment of mindfulness celebrations that are unique and significant to each school.

2018 award highlights also include:

• Final outfitting of the STEAM Innovation Lab, a specially designed maker space at Ripley loaded with hands-on design challenges to engage and inspire elementary students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).
Integrated Social Studies & ELA materials that let 5th graders read multiple accounts of the Revolutionary War, examining bias, tone, propaganda and objectivity in an author’s work.
• New stands for iPAD minis used in Stop-Motion Animation that allow Alcott animators to focus on visual creativity rather than camera stability.
Middle School Chess sets, clocks, and ChessKid gold memberships that support the expansion of extracurricular chess participation and the organization of ladders and tournaments.
Kits to enable coding of physical components with Scratch, a learning tool that middle school students use to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations shared online in Scratch Ed Meet-Ups.
ZESTFEST, a two-day music clinic culminating with a celebration of community through song featuring the CCHS Combined Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Melodies, and Select Choir, as well guest choirs from Concord Middle School and the Carlisle School.
Threatened Marbled Salamanders raised by students in the CCHS Diversity of Life course then reintroduced to areas where they once thrived.
Poetry Workshop and Symposium with award-winning Hispanic poet, essayist, and professor Martín Espada as part of the integrated CCHS history & literature course: Twice Told Tales.
• A range of rigorous and meaningful professional development opportunities for all CPS/CCHS staff to learn more about diversity and cultural competency, and thereby help to shape an ever more inclusive school culture.
Support for 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 75 new electives that leverage the curiosity, knowledge, and passions of CCHS faculty.

CEF co-president Suzanne Jachinowski expressed her gratitude to the Concord Carlisle community, “We’re very grateful for the donations we receive from families and businesses that allow us to fund so many interesting and diverse grants.”

This winter, the Concord Education Fund was especially fortunate to receive a $50,000 gift from Middlesex Savings Bank (MSB), part of a $1.2 million donation in support of education in MSB branch towns. “Middlesex Savings Bank has great respect for the education foundations in our community,” said Michael McAuliffe, President and CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank. “They work hard to support projects and programs that foster learning and creativity. We hope that our donations will make their jobs easier this year, and are excited to see their existing academic programs flourish or new ones come to life.”

CEF co-president Rick Hedeman pointed out the connection between CEF sponsorship and support for public-school education, “By supporting the Ed Fund, I think our donors know that they are supporting the incredible commitment and creativity of our teachers and our administrators who are tireless in support of our community and our kids.”

About Concord Education Fund (CEF)
Since its inception in 1994, CEF has raised and distributed more than $2 million to the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. CEF has funded a variety of educational technologies and related programs that have initially fallen beyond the scope of the public-school budget but have later been adopted by the school district. CEF-funded curricula, programs and initiatives, spanning all academic disciplines and levels, continue to offer students an extraordinary educational experience. For more information please visit www.concordedfund.org.

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Concord Education Fund Announces 2017 Grant Awards

Concord Education Fund Announces 2017 Grant Awards

Greek Masks, Abolitionists’ Trunks, Salamanders, Entrepreneurship, Virtual Reality and a New Elementary STEAM Innovation Lab!

The Concord Education Fund (CEF), an independent organization supporting the pursuit of excellence in the Concord Public Schools (CPS) and Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS), has announced grant recipients for 2017-2018. Highlights include:

  • A new STEAM Innovation Lab loaded with hands-on design challenges to engage and inspire elementary students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math
  • Establishment of a Peers As Leaders (PAL) program to support Thoreau’s English Language Learners (ELL) and their families
  • Sewing Machines to support basic sewing electives at both Sanborn and Peabody
  • Abolitionists’ trunks filled with artifacts that will allow CMS students to explore the diversity of Concord’s Abolitionist Movement
  • Theatrical masks to expand the CMS drama curriculum while enhancing course work in ancient Greece and Rome
  • A two-day entrepreneurial workshop that taught enterprising students how to convert challenging problems into business opportunities
  • Another STEM Weather Balloon to be launched in the winter of 2017 with a whole new set of experiments
  • Marbled salamanders that will be raised by students in the CCHS Diversity of Life course then reintroduced to areas where they once thrived
  • HD-200 Harmony Director and compatible speaker system for use with all Instrumental classes at CCHS, including Orchestra, Repertory Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band.
  • Virtual Reality System to bring the power and scale of our dynamic earth into CCHS earth science classrooms

CEF co-president Suzanne Jachinowski expressed her gratitude to the Concord Carlisle community, “We’re very grateful for the donations we receive from families and businesses that allow us to fund so many interesting and diverse grants year after year. By supporting the Concord Education Fund, I think our donors know that they are supporting the incredible commitment and creativity of our teachers.”

Fellow co-president Tracey Marano added, “It’s always rewarding to help teachers realize their visions. We encourage all CPS and CCHS educators to learn more about the Concord Education Fund’s grant criteria and work with us to transform great ideas into reality.”

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Concord Education Fund Announces 2016 Grant Awards

Concord Education Fund Announces 2016 Grant Awards

Challenge Kits, Audiobooks, Mindfulness, Filmmaking & a Weather Balloon!

The Concord Education Fund, (CEF), an independent organization supporting the pursuit of excellence in the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School, has announced grant recipients for 2016-2017. 

This year saw a record number of grant applications originating from every Concord public school and Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS), with funding being awarded to grants that will benefit students at every age level and in a variety of academic areas. Highlights include:

  • Challenge Kits from the Museum of Science to complement elementary school work in units focusing on Earth & Space and Earth Science & Engineering
  • New Audiobooks and Interactive eBooks to support young ELL and SPED students
  • Mindfulness practices currently introduced and developed in elementary school extended to middle school
  • Tablets and online resources to help CMS students master Chinese characters
  • Sophisticated camera and sound equipment to support a new CCHS course in advanced filmmaking
  • A STEM Weather Balloon able to report weather data, video, and GPS coordinates from the stratosphere!
  • Equipment required for the establishment of a new Percussion Ensemble that will provide students across both CPS and CCRSD with a unique opportunity to perform

According to CEF co-president Judy Vaughn, “This year we had the luxury to fund 17 grants due entirely to the generosity of our contributors.  We’re very grateful for the donations we receive from both individual families, as well as corporate and foundation partners. By supporting the Ed Fund, they know they are supporting the incredible commitment and creativity of our teachers clearly evident in this year’s grant cycle. Fellow co-president Tracey Marano added, “It’s always rewarding to help our teachers to realize their visions. We encourage all CPS and CCHS educators to learn more about our grant criteria and work with us to transform their ideas into reality.”

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