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 [...]
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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 this coming fall; watch this space for details!
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 [...]
Alison Hansel, Pierce School Math Specialist, traveled to Seoul to study Korean! Earlier this month BEF board members were treated to a presentation by Alison Hansel about her experience of traveling to Seoul, Korea to study the Korean language with help from a BEF grant. Ms. Hansel, a math specialist at the Pierce School in Brookline, began studying Korean during the pandemic lockdown. Like many (if not all) educators, Ms. Hansel felt burnt out and exhausted after going through the subsequent remote and hybrid teaching challenges. She was looking for a means to reconnect with her work and renew her motivation, [...]
Training has begun for the running of the 2023 Boston Marathon, and this year the BEF is grateful for the support of five members of Team Brookline who will be raising funds with their race to support us! Four of these runners are educators at Brookline Schools, and the fifth one is returning to support us again after running with Team Brookline for the BEF last year! Please visit our Team Brookline page to learn more about each of these fantastic runners, and to support them as they train!
The Brookline Education Foundation's annual 5th Grade Spelling Bee was a huge and exciting success resulting in one shocked and exuberant winner and three students tied as first runners-up. 50 fifth graders from throughout the Public Schools of Brookline district gathered in the Brookline High School auditorium on Sunday, November 13th for the traditional spelling bee. Georgiana Green of the Runkle school won by being the only student out of the final round of four to correctly spell her word which was "capricious." The three runners-up were Eliza Mnookin of Ridley, Evelyn Kmeic of Heath and Milonee Mukesh of Lincoln. The [...]
We were so moved and proud to hear the 2022 Metzger Fellows read their essays on October 14th at the Lincoln School. This event is always profound and inspiring and this year was no different. Visit our YouTube Channel to watch the event! And click here to learn more about this year's Fellows and Margaret Metzger.
The BEF was so excited to welcome the latest in the Todd Saker Fund series of author visits: Newbery Award-winning author Jerry Craft to Brookline! Jerry visited the Heath School and the Pierce School, where he spoke to hundreds of students and signed books. His visit was wonderful, inspiring, and energizing. Click here to learn more about the BEF's Saker Fund. Thank you!