At our February Board meeting, BEF leaders were thrilled to hear from 2024 grant recipient Joslyn Vendola. Joslyn teaches math in the EXCEL program at Brookline High School (and is the 2022 winner of the BEF's Caverly Award for Excellence in Teaching!) and she received a 2024 grant along with several colleagues to design a drivers' education program at BHS, specifically seeking to break down existing barriers to getting a driver's license that are related to cost and to accessibility that exist for students with financial or learning challenges. Joslyn and her colleagues have taken the drivers' education course and become [...]
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At our January meeting, the BEF Board heard from BHS social studies teachers Roger Grande and Astrid Allen about their trip to Puerto Rico this past summer. Along with BHS colleagues Stephanie Hunt and Emily McGinnis, Roger and Astrid received BEF funding to explore the impact of colonialism and climate change on Puerto Rico's culture, ecology, and industry. They immersed themselves in history, agro-ecology, and culture in diverse settings ranging from the city of Old San Juan to the El Yunque Rain Forest. The BHS educators hope and are planning to translate their learning into a trip designed for students in [...]
At the December, 2023 Board Meeting the BEF Board was thrilled to hear from Teacher Grant recipient Danielle Goldie, 7th grade science teacher at Baker. Danielle's grant took her to Iceland on a tour specially designed for educators. She learned about the geologic forces which formed the nation of Iceland, and explored volcanoes, glaciers, the reef between the continental plates, and many other ecological wonders. We learned so much about geology! Danielle's enthusiasm and curiosity were infectious - her students are so lucky to get to learn from such a curious and engaging educator! Thank you, Danielle!
The BEF held our annual 5th Grade Spelling Bee at Brookline High School on Sunday, November 19th. This fun and exciting tradition was wonderful as ever! Congratulations to the winner, Lucy Lawson (Baker School), and the runners-up, Miles Hainer (Pierce) and Felix Schwartz (Lincoln)! The winning word was "quintessence". Thank you to our generous sponsors, Dr. Sally Roth and Centre Pediatric Associates! Thank you also to our Pronouncer, Brookline librarian Abbey Stephens; our Judges, Vanessa Trien, Officer Katie McCabe, Sergeant Casey Hatchett, and Bear the Dog!
The BEF was thrilled to host an event honoring Dan Bresman, the 2023 recipient of the Robert I. Sperber Award for Administrative Leadership. On Friday evening, October 20, over 200 students, colleagues, friends, and family gathered in the STEM Commons at Brookline High School to honor Dan. The evening featured speeches, performances, an inspiring award acceptance speech by Dan himself, and refreshments catered by BHS' own Tappan Green restaurant. Please click here to watch video of the event! At Dan's request, donations honoring his receipt of this prestigious award will be allocated toward funding SEED trainings and other professional development [...]
Welcome back to school! The BEF Board was thrilled to hear from Heath middle school teacher Elyse Terry at our first Board meeting of the year. Elyse recently traveled to Rome on a BEF Teacher grant, and told the Board all about her wonderful experiences there. She had never been to Rome before, and plans to infuse her personal experiences there this past summer into her 7th grade social studies curriculum. She learned a lot about the daily lives of ordinary ancient Romans, about the tensions between current-day life in Rome and the study of archeology and antiquity, about gender roles [...]
BEEP teacher Alicia Osborne-Stackpole reported this month on her Idea Lab grant to build and utilize a mud kitchen with a water pump and painted stone fruits and vegetables with her students. Alicia requested funding for this project because of the growing body of literature indicating positive developmental impacts for preschoolers of outdoor, hands-on sensory learning. Alicia's students, by playing with the mud kitchen outdoors in nature, experienced physical, cognitive, linguistic, and social-emotional growth during the course of the year. The BEF is so excited to be able to support project such as these, that enable educators to explore new [...]
On May 9 in the BHS Auditorium the BEF hosted this year's Celebrating Teachers event - an annual gathering of educators and the broader community to celebrate all of the talented Brookline educators who have won grants, awards, and fellowships this year. The highlight of the event is always the opportunity to hear from the two winners of the Ernest R. Caverly award for Excellence in Teaching, and this year was no exception. Heath School middle school teacher Sara O'Shea and BHS biology teacher Liz Crane delivered moving, inspiring addresses, introduced by each of their principals and by the BEF's [...]
Every five years, the BEF awards the Robert I. Sperber Award for Excellence in Administration. This year, this prestigious award was given to Dan Bresman, the Director of Brookline High School's School Within A School (SWS) program. Dan was informed of his honor by BHS Head of School Anthony Meyer, Brookline Superintendent Dr. Linus Guillory, BEF Executive Director Elizabeth Ascoli, and an assortment of BEF Board Members, SWS teachers, and SWS students. The BEF will host a ceremony honoring Dan on October 20, at 5:30pm in the STEM Commons at BHS. If you are interested in attending, please let us know [...]
Alison Kerr, a French teacher at Heath and Runkle, applied for and received a Brookline Education Foundation Collaborative Grant in 2022. She was one of 33 educators to attend the ACTFL Conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center that took place on November 18-20 of 2022. 29 of the 33 educators in attendance were classroom teachers representative of all eight Brookline K-8 schools and Brookline High School, covering all K-12 grades. Alison applied for the grant because it was a good opportunity for teachers to get to know each other and to work together. It was clear from Alison Kerr’s [...]