Farewell to Outgoing Board President Emily Dolbear; Welcome to Catherine Burke! As we draw to a close of this crazy, topsy-turvy school year, the BEF wants to take a moment to thank outgoing Board president Emily Dolbear. Emily has served on the BEF Board since 2013 and has been a valuable member of the Executive Committee from her second year. As a Runkle and then BHS mother of two boys, she was the Vice President of Communications before taking over as Board president. Emily is an extremely thoughtful leader, who seeks out, listens to, and [...]
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The BEF Idea Lab grants committee awarded 19 new Idea Lab grants last week. After hearing teachers give their pitches for their hands-on ideas to be carried out in the classroom this year, the committee awarded 19 grants to teachers from many schools in the District, ranging in grades from pre-K through the high school. The committee was excited to see some great, creative ideas from the enthusiastic and motivated applicants. Some examples include a Spanish teacher using improvisation to get her students to feel more comfortable to speak a foreign language, [...]
On October 24th and 25th, children's book author, Lesa Cline-Ransome, visited four Brookline School Libraries. The author of award-winning Finding Langston, as well as Game Changers about Venus and Serena Williams, Satchell Paige, and Before She was Harriet gave presentations at Baker, Lincoln, Runkle, and Driscoll. She spoke about her early beginnings, what is involved in writing a children's book, and how she began writing for children, as well as reading from a few of her books. Several of the Brookline schools librarians had seen her speak [...]