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Celebrating Teachers 2024


The broad community of Brookline educators came together last Tuesday to be celebrated by the BEF! At this annual event, we are proud and delighted to recognize all of this year's grant, award, and fellowship winners. The highlight of the event is the awarding of the Ernest R. Caverly Award for Excellence in Teaching - given this year to Driscoll's Olivia Reyelt and BHS's Keira Flynn-Carson.  You can read all about the awards by clicking here, and read about all the grants organized by school by clicking here. Congratulations to all, and thank you for another year of excellence in public [...]

Celebrating Teachers 20242024-05-14T13:27:21-04:00

May Featured Grant: Erica O’Mahony


This month, the BEF Board was thrilled to hear from BHS Spanish teacher Erica O'Mahony about her recent trip to Colombia. Erica's grant, entitled “Cartagena: Afro-Latino History and Culture in Colombia," took her to Cartagena over April vacation. She took many tours while there, having prepared for her trip with extensive research into the history of African enslaved people, freed slaves, and the communities they built in and around Cartagena during the nineteenth century, both in cooperation with white Creoles and Indians, and in isolation. She interviewed many local people, recorded examples of local Afro-Latino language, art, and dance, and returned [...]

May Featured Grant: Erica O’Mahony2024-05-14T13:16:18-04:00

Trivia Bee 2024


    The BEF's annual Trivia Bee is in the books! On March 8, over 200 community members (including current and alumni parents and educators) came together in the beautiful 22 Tappan Commons for delicious food and drink, enjoyable competition, and inspiring support of Brookline educators. The event raised over $100,000 to support next year's grants and programs! Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, and supported this wonderful event! You can watch this year's BEF video, which includes amazing information about three inspiring grants, here.

Trivia Bee 20242024-03-20T14:17:51-04:00

February Featured Grant – BHS Driver’s Education


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 [...]

February Featured Grant – BHS Driver’s Education2024-02-16T10:10:58-05:00

January Featured Grant – Puerto Rico


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 [...]

January Featured Grant – Puerto Rico2024-01-17T14:45:31-05:00

Featured Grant – December, 2023 – Danielle Goldie


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!

Featured Grant – December, 2023 – Danielle Goldie2023-12-12T09:43:06-05:00

2023 5th Grade Spelling Bee


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!

2023 5th Grade Spelling Bee2023-11-20T10:45:25-05:00

2023 Sperber Award Event


  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 [...]

2023 Sperber Award Event2023-10-26T13:15:04-04:00

Featured Grant: September, 2023


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 [...]

Featured Grant: September, 20232023-09-12T11:48:09-04:00

June Featured Grant: Idea Lab BEEP Mud Kitchen


  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 [...]

June Featured Grant: Idea Lab BEEP Mud Kitchen2023-05-31T10:51:42-04:00
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