The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 10, 2006


CEF awards Fox-Melanson grants

Two Fox-Melanson grants for professional development have been accepted by the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) at its November 1 meeting. The grants, totaling $6,000, were awarded by the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) and are named in honor of retired School Superintendent, Davida Fox-Melanson. The CEF raises funds to provide additional educational support for students, teachers and staff at the Carlisle Public School. Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle thanked the CEF for its generosity.

CEF President Laura Snowdon, reached by e-mail, described the grant requests. "The first proposal from Liz Perry involved a follow-up workshop for one she conducted for the K-2 teachers in the summer." Perry facilitated a shortened version of a week-long workshop on math assessment given by Kathy Richardson. Richardson is the author/developer of "Assessing Math Concepts," a nine-part series of tests which can provide a consistent tool to evaluate a student's comprehension of math core concepts, similar to the methods already used by the Carlisle School to assess concepts in reading.

According to the grant proposal, following their assessment students are placed in categories: "needs instruction," "needs practice," or "ready to apply." The information gathered from the assessments of students in kindergarten through second grade allows teachers to determine what interventions are needed. Students are reassessed throughout the process. The process could be modified to work with third- and fourth-grade students, the proposal added.

As a follow-up to the summer workshop, the majority of the 12 teachers who attended will attend Richardson's workshop at EDCO (Education Collaborative for Greater Boston, Inc.) Seefurth Center in Waltham on Monday, November 13. EDCO is a voluntary collaborative of school districts, including Carlisle, Concord, Bedford, Lincoln, Waltham and Belmont.

The second grant allows Principal Paul Graseck and three teachers to attend the Annual Conference and Exhibit Show of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, in Anaheim, California, March 17 to 19, 2007, explained Snowdon. Graseck and the three teachers will use information from the conference to support professional development at the Carlisle School.

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito