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Friday, December 14, 2007


Carlisle School receives four CEF grants

The Carlisle School Committee voted to accept four grants totaling $9,431 from the Carlisle Education Foundation at its December 5 meeting. The grants are from the Davida Fox-Melanson Fund for Teaching Excellence, which focuses on innovative professional development experiences for school staff members who in turn share their knowledge with their peers.

The grants are for the following:

• Math teachers Bill Gale, Susie Brinner, Rob Quaden, and Math Coordinator Liz Perry will attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 9 to 12. According to their grant proposal, the teachers' goal is to "learn firsthand from the experts, in order to continue to improve the middle school math program. A secondary purpose is to learn about new approaches, topics, and ideas in the field and share them with colleagues in our school district."

• Literacy Specialist Susan Helenius-LaPorte and second grade teacher Amy Sutherland will attend a workshop on January 18 to 21, called "Read, Write, and Talk: Strategic Reading, Content-Writing and Discussion for Deeper Understanding." The grant proposal notes, "Strategic reading and child-driven discussions about both fiction and non-fiction text have been at the heart of Carlisle's reading program for many years now. Attending this workshop will help to ensure that Carlisle curriculum is current with research-based best practice."

• Speech and Language Specialists Leanne Christmas, Liz Hamlet, Jean Jayne and Heather White attended the American Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in Boston on November 15 to 18. The goal in attending the conference was to "further develop their skills as speech-language pathologists, particularly in the areas of evaluation and treatment of pediatric speech, language, and literacy difficulties. The educators can incorporate the information and use it to treat and evaluate students, co-teach in the classroom and educate fellow staff members."

• Music teacher Deana Saada-Smith received a grant to develop a six-week Jazz program. The grant application stated, "This Jazz Workshop will be a six-week program open to any middle school students who play a musical instrument. Students will perform at the June 5 evening concert. Students would be working on one chosen piece of jazz, as well as learning to improvise."

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