2023 Celebrating Teachers


  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 [...]

2023 Celebrating Teachers2023-05-24T10:34:14-04:00

BEEP Art Show: Celebrating 50 Years of BEEP


The Brookline Education Foundation has a long history of supporting the Brookline Early Education Program (BEEP), and is thrilled to continue to support them with both professional development and special programs. BEEP is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and as part of that celebration, the students of BEEP are displaying art that they have created with their amazing art teacher, Erin Palazzolo Loparo. Erin goes to every BEEP classroom, and teaches art with an incredible combination of patience, seriousness, and fun. The children learn about art, artists, and techniques, while expressing themselves and using their hands. The BEF is thrilled [...]

BEEP Art Show: Celebrating 50 Years of BEEP2023-05-15T13:01:12-04:00

2023 Sperber Award Winner Announced


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 [...]

2023 Sperber Award Winner Announced2023-10-03T13:06:42-04:00

February 2023: Featured Grant


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 [...]

February 2023: Featured Grant2023-03-06T11:04:15-05:00

January 2023: Featured Grant


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, [...]

January 2023: Featured Grant2023-01-12T11:14:38-05:00

Team Brookline training is underway!


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!

Team Brookline training is underway!2023-01-06T11:58:19-05:00

25th Annual BEF Spelling Bee


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 [...]

25th Annual BEF Spelling Bee2022-11-22T09:41:07-05:00

2022 Margaret Metzger Fellows Event


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.

2022 Margaret Metzger Fellows Event2022-10-26T13:49:42-04:00

Visit from Jerry Craft, author of New Kid!


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!

Visit from Jerry Craft, author of New Kid!2023-01-06T12:01:13-05:00

Idea Lab grant proposals are now being accepted!


Now is the time to apply for an Idea Lab grant, if you are an educator currently employed by the Public Schools of Brookline! If you have a new idea that will bring hands-on, experiential learning to your students, we would like to grant you up to $1,000 to make your idea a reality! Simply fill out the online application, and come to pitch your idea to our committee. Grant applications will be accepted up until November 4, 2022. Last year's innovative Idea Lab grant recipients included a BEEP teacher who introduced fabric arts into her pre-K classroom, a 5th grade [...]

Idea Lab grant proposals are now being accepted!2022-10-21T10:50:20-04:00
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