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Friday, February 11, 2005


First Fox-Melanson grant awarded

The Carlisle Middle School receives the first Davida Fox-Melanson grant. From left to right, Superintendent Marie Doyle, eighth-grade language arts teacher Marcella Pixley, seventh-grade language arts teacher Stephen Bober, reading specialist Donna Clapp, sixth-grade language arts teacher Carolyn Platt, retired Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson, and CEF President Laura Snowdon. (Courtesy photo)
The Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) awarded the first Davida Fox-Melanson Fund for Excellence in Teaching grant to the Carlisle Middle School's language arts team. The $5,000 grant allowed Carlisle School teachers Donna Clapp, Carolyn Platt, Stephen Bober, and Marcella Pixley to attend a three-day workshop, "Literature Circles: Building Better Book Clubs K-12," in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Also called book clubs, the literature circles are student-led discussion groups; students read the same text and improve comprehension through the process of discussion, writing, and research. Literature circles can be used with various course topics, connecting reading and comprehension to units such as the Middle Ages, China, and Respect for Differences.

The Davida Fox-Melanson Fund for Excellence in Teaching endowment, supported by generous donations from the Carlisle community, has as its goal to fund grant proposals submitted by teachers and staff that will provide for new initiatives, training, and opportunities to network to observe best practices and curricula to support these programs.

The teachers expressed their gratitude to CEF President Laura Snowdon and retired Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. The team is teaching a Carlisle College course this spring to train other teachers in the use of literature circles.

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