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2008 - 2009 Teacher Grant Recipients
Thanks to $4,500 in grants, eleven Braintree public school teachers were able to purchase new materials and technology to enhance student learning. The grants allow the teachers to implement various educational enhancement programs including MCAS biology remediation, reading, technology, and social studies.
Each grant was approximately $450. 21 proposals were submitted for the grants. A selection committee chose one proposal from each school.
2008's recipients and their projects were:
Preschool teacher Lynn Hartford, "A Library of Social Stories." The program centers on social studies, focusing on daily activities typically taking place in the preschool. The program will assist students in learning and practicing social skills. Boardmaker software will allow teachers to develop appropriate stories.
Kathleen MacDonald, Flaherty School Grade 4 teacher, "Connecting Social Studies with Our Reading Trade Books." This provides children with non-fiction reading materials about social studies.
Lindsay Linnane, Grade 5 Highlands School teacher, "Magical, Memorable Myths." This program enhances the English Language Arts curriculum by providing materials to teach a unit about myths.
Kerri Waite, Grade 1 Hollis School teacher, "Implementing an ELMO Visual Presenter/Document Camera in the Elementary Classroom." This technology, used with a projector, enhances teaching by displaying papers, work, photographs, etc., enabling all students to see the same thing at once.
Patricia Bartlett, Liberty School reading specialist, "Readers' Theater in the Classroom." This program helps second and third grade students improve reading fluency and expression through the use of theater scripts.
Hillary Soffer, Morrison School kindergarten and Grade 2 resource room teacher, "First Grade Literacy Centers." The grant funds the purchase of supplies that will allow first grade teachers to establish literacy centers where students will be engaged in quality literacy activities.
Kathy Stachowski, Ross School Grades 3 through 5 special education teacher, "AlphaSmarts in the Classroom." This program introduces an AlphaSmart, similar to a laptop that is often used by students with disabilities, and eliminates singling students out while enhancing instruction for all students through a variety of activities.
Heather Camarta, East Middle School Grade 6 English teacher, and William Glover, East Middle School Grade 6 science teacher, "Knight of Culture." The program is about celebrating cultures that connect social studies and English, providing a home connection.
Gina Achin, Grades 6 and 8 South Middle School science teacher, "Electronic Balances." This program uses electronic balances to teach students the concept of density, which is always tested on MCAS.
Lynn Mills, Braintree High School Grade 9 and 10 biology teacher, "Biology MCAS remediation." Silent reading activities highlight this program to provide students with an opportunity to work independently to increase life science knowledge in preparation for the MCAS biology exam.