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Friday, May 19, 2006


Concord Education Fund grants also aid Carlisle students

Several grants by the Concord Education Fund were announced at the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on May 9. While donations targeting programs at the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) routinely benefit students from Carlisle as well as Concord, this time Carlisle has also been welcomed to participate in an elementary-level grant.

The Concord Education Foundation has funded a grant for the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project Network of Columbia University for Concord's three elementary schools, and Concord has extended an invitation to Carlisle elementary teachers to join them. Presently, ten Carlisle teachers expect to participate in this program. Other teachers from Carlisle have already taken this program at Columbia in New York City. Carlisle Reading Specialist Susan Helenius-LaPorte says, "This program has revolutionized what we teach here." She spoke highly of the facilitators teaching the class.

Grants to CCHS

The Concord Education Fund will be funding over $90,000 worth of technology-based grants to Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS). The grants will augment courses in the art, science and foreign language departments. The largest grant,$68,900, is for the art department, to be used for 24 high-end graphic workstations and software for the art computer lab. Students taking courses in Digital Imaging, Advanced Digital Imaging and Computer-Aided Design will benefit from this grant.

A $10,000 grant will go to the science department for high-end training using ActivBoards. Curriculum will be adapted for digital delivery and "Train the Trainer" workshops by Promethean, the maker of ActivBoards, will be available for one teacher per sub-department, on advanced topics of ActivBoard software.

Another grant will provide the technology to pilot Podcasting in the CCHS earth science classrooms. Podcasting allows classes to be recorded for later broadcasting via the Internet. The audio portion of the class can be heard on PCs or iPods. PowerPoint presentations from class can be downloaded as well.

Another grant will supply two more ActivBoards for foreign language.

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