2018 - 2019 and 2019-2020 Collaborative Grants

Collaborative Grants are designed to promote cooperative efforts across disciplines, across grade levels, and among schools. This category of grants enables the Brookline Education Foundation to bring the core value of Collaborative Relationships to the forefront by promoting opportunities for professional teamwork and cooperative learning throughout Brookline. 

Collaborative Grants awarded for 2019-2020

Applied Behavior Analysis International Convention 2020—Seven Runkle educators and the Director of Autism Programming will attend the premiere conference in the field of applied behavior analysis to gain insights, best practices and the latest research in the field to better assist students on and off the autism spectrum to improve student learning.  Since very little professional development is offered in this area, the team is eager to learn more on the subject.

Participants: Dr. Emily Leonard, Tracy Paradise, Melissa Devine, and five other educators from Runkle to be determined. 

Collaborative Grant for the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference—The entire Occupational Development Department of the Public Schools of Brookline will attend the annual AOTA  conference, which conveniently takes place in Boston. This is a rare opportunity for the entire department to participate in professional development that is specifically for their field, and allows the therapists to stay up to date on the latest clinical and educational practices, and evidence-based treatment and evaluation techniques.

Participants: Erin McQuaid (Pierce), Anne Osberger (Baker), MaryAnn Biele (Lincoln), Constance Kumi Wauthier (BEEP), Cora Finley (Driscoll), Kate Siegel (BHS, District), Joanna Pascar (Coolidge Corner School), Joan St. Peter (Coolidge Corner, Baker, Runkle), Jocelyn Hesse (BEEP Putterham), Rachel Barber (Runkle), Merrill Forman (BEEP), Deborah Caruso (Lawrence), Nadene Moll (Administrator), Jennifer Baum (Heath), Priscilla Perry (Runkle, Pierce) 

DEEP/SRI Disruptive Equity Education 4-Day Seminar—Eight high school math teachers will participate in a seminar to gain knowledge about race, bias, and equity in anticipation of the creation of new, more equitable 9th grade math courses. After attending the seminar in the fall, the teachers will work together monthly to reflect on ways to bring what they learned to their classes and keep equity at the forefront of their teaching practices.

Particpants: Betty Strong, Julia Naimy, Joshua Paris, Lisa Rodriguez, Meghan Kennedy-Justice, Julie Padgett, Craig Friedland, Christine Shen

Summer 2019 EmPOWER Training—Three Baker School teachers will attend the training for the EmPOWER program, which gives students tools for writing, organization of thoughts, and help with executive function skills. This is particularly helpful for students with learning differences, but can assist all students.

Participants: Danielle Nathanson, Megan Doeg, Jacqueline Hung

Driscoll 2nd Grade Team Attendance 2019 International Literacy Association Conference—The Second Grade team at Driscoll will attend the International Literacy Association Conference in order to help the teachers increase their knowledge of literacy development. The three teachers also want to ensure that they create culturally responsive classrooms that respect diversity, which are issues addressed at the conference. 

Particpants: Angela Harvey, Erica Sullivan, Susie Pescosolido 

The High Tech High Approach—The Enrichment and Challenge Support Coordinator and the Coordinator of Career and Technology Education, along with two teachers will go to High Tech High School in San Diego to learn about the school’s use of project based learning, by a guided tour, classroom observations, and meeting with teachers and administrators at the school, in order to possibly bring back some ideas to Brookline Schools.

Particpants: Matthew Rosenthal (PK-8 ECS Coordinator), Britt Stevens (BHS Coordinator of Career and Technology Education), and two other teachers to be determined.

AOGPE Annual Conference—Three teachers of the Language and Academic Home Base, which is a special program housed at the Driscoll School serving students with dyslexia, will attend the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators Annual Conference. Orton-Gillingham is an extremely effective approach to teaching students with learning disabilities, which helps with reading skills as well as other subjects. These teachers will learn the latest information and research on dyslexia at the conference to better help the students with whom they work.

 Participants: Sara Wishner (Driscoll LAHB Grades 6-8), Jennifer Singer (Driscoll LAHB Grades 2-3), Heidi Stavris (Driscoll LAHB Grades 4-5)

Attending Seeing Stars Reading Program Workshop—A group of Special Education teachers, Learning Center teachers, and Literacy Specialists will attend a workshop to assist students with reading and spelling. The Seeing Stars Program helps students develop symbol imagery, which can help students with word recognition, reading fluency, and spelling.

Participants: Dinan Messiqua (Driscoll, Special Education), Amanda Baranowsky (Pierce, Learning Center), Jennifer Singer (Driscoll, LAHB Program), Laura London (Pierce, Special Education), Chima Ikonne (Heath, Learning Center), Joan Kreie (Coolidge Corner School, Learning Center), Kathryn Mitchell (Heath/Coolidge Corner School, Literacy Specialist)

NCTM Boston Regional Conference—A group of 42 math teachers and specialists from every Brookline school will attend the National Council of Teachers of Math Regional Conference in Boston in the fall. In addition to networking, exchanging ideas, and learning about innovations in the field, this grant will allow math teachers across the District to collaborate with the goals of making the transition from middle school math to high school math more seamless.

Partipcants: Kathleen Hubbard(K-8 Math Cuuriculum Coordinator), Laura Andrade (CCS, Math Specialist), Jeremy Bloch (CCS Math Teacher), Mies Boet (Heath Math Specialist), Julie Boss (Districtwide Math Specialist), Jesse Carson (Pierce, Math Teacher), Victoria Cavanaugh, (CCS Math Teacher), Shephali Chokshi (CCS Math Coach), Dale Cramer (Runkle, Math Teacher), Eleanor Demont (Heath, Math Specialist), Eddie Fitzgerald (Lincoln, Math Teacher), Norma Gordon (Districtwide Math Coach), Jasmin Ha (Baker, Math Specialist), Alison Hansel (Pierce, Math Specialist), Oakley Hoerth (CCS, Math Teacher), Sheila Juang (Baker, Math Teacher), Jen Jordan (CCS, Math Specialist), Laura Koplow (Lawrence, Math Specialist), Jenna Laib (Driscoll, Math Specialist), Eric Lass (Runkle, Math Teacher), Gigi Luckett (Lawrence, Math Teacher), Hana McGowan (Baker, Math Specialist), Katy McGraw (Lawrence, Math Specialist), Joeanna McPherson (Pierce, Math Teacher), Michele Morris (CCS, Math Specialist), Julie Padgett (BH,S Math Teacher), Hilory Paster (Lincoln, Math Specialist), Danielle Rabina (BHS, Math Teacher), Suzanne Raskin (Heath, Math Teacher), Lisa Rodriguez (BHS, Math Teacher),Julieta Roz (Lawrence/Pierce Math Specialist), Michelle Schweiger (Runkle, Math Specialist), Malia Scott (Lincoln, Math Specialist), Lora Smid (Lawrence, Math Teacher), Lisa Soltani (riscoll, Math Teacher), Shukkuen Tse (Baker, Math Specialist), Tara Washburn (Pierce, Math Specialist), Adam Weatherwax (Lincoln, Math Teacher), Pam Wells-Rockhead (Runkle, Math Specialist), Debbie Winkler (BHS, Math Teacher), Chloe Woolever (BHS, Math Teacher)

BHS Science Teachers to National Science Teachers Association National Conference—The majority of the high school science department will attend the premiere science teacher professional development conference across all disciplines of science, which will take place in Boston, to bring back new ideas for labs, student-centered learning, and the latest research for their students. This grant will also allow teachers more collaborative time so that they may work together across grade levels.

Participants: Meaghan Cells, Briana Brown, Catherine Wolf, Liz Crane, Alison Crocker, Jasmine Juo, Sarah Hemphill, Brad Kozel, Heather Giblin, Julia Mangan, Kate Wooley-Brown, Tyler Wooley-Brown, Mary Angione, Erin Wallace, Jennifer Spencer, Aubrey Love, Julia Speyer, Lexi Murphy, Parul Matani

World Language Teachers Learning Together Across Levels, Locations, and Languages—Six Foreign Language teachers from across the District will attend a convention of the American Council of Teaching of Foreign Languages in Washington, D.C. to participate in workshops and learn best practices, current research, classroom activities, and network with peers in the field.

Participants: Heather Pinault (Lincoln, French), Leslie Prime (Pierce, Spanish), Ashley Griffin (Lincoln, Spanish), Esther Morales (CCS, Spanish), Victoria Ridge (Heath, Spanish), Alyssa Rose (Baker, Spanish)

Middle and High School Book Clubs—A group of Middle School and High School English teachers will attend the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s Institute on Book Clubs, to explore and plan for powerful book club instruction. By having teachers from both the Middle Schools and the High Schools, this will allow for a better transition for students in English, and will improve the level of instruction in this increasingly popular method of teaching close reading and analysis.

Participants: Eric Colburn (BHS), Evan Mousseau (BHS), Rachel Hayashi (Middle School Literacy Coach, Runkle and Heath), Dianne Muendel (Middle School Literacy Coach, Lawrence), Jennifer Redburn (Middle School Literacy Coach , Driscoll), Jennifer Sanders (Middle School Literacy Coach, CCS)

Jess Minahan: Challenging Behavior Intervention and Strategies—This grant will support Board Certified Behavior expert Jessica Minahan to work with the entire Devotion staff on strategies for working with students who exhibit challenging behavior. The newly learned strategies and resources will be shared collaboratively and be implemented in student action plans.

Participants: Steve Simolaris (Vice Principal), Riley Monahan, Jennifer Buller (Principal), and all K-8 teachers, special educators, and student services staff, including all teachers in Child Study Teams

Project based Learning: Professional Development WorkshopA cross-section of disciplines at Brookline High School, including Social Studies, Science, Math, English, and Career and Technology Education, are increasingly interested in having classes become more project-based and inquiry-based. This grant will allow teachers to better learn how to incorporate project based learning successfully, and will allow more teachers at the high school to have a common language and understanding, collaborate across disciplines, and support one another.

Participants: Stephanie McAllister Poon (Social Studies), Sarah Shuster (Social Studies), Scott Barkett (Social Studies), Marcie Miller (Social Studies), Jennifer Longmire (Social Studies), Sam Dickerman (Social Studies), Sam Dreyfus (Social Studies), Jen Martin (Social Studies, SWS), Juliette Rorie (Social Studies, ACE), Julia Mangan (Science), Kate Wooley-Brown (Science), Jennifer Spencer (Science), Tyler Wooley-Brown (Science), Jason Tong (Science),  Graciela Mohammedi (Science), Stacy Kissel (Science), Andre Derrien (Science), Julia Rocco (English), Amy Morrissey (English), Elon Fischer (English), Jen Rosewood (English), Eric Coburn (English), Julia Naimy (Mathematics), Josh Paris (Mathematics), Kathy Hitchcock (Mathematics), Adam Fried (Mathematics), Betty Strong (Mathematics)

Vice Principals ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership—The District’s Vice Principals will attend the premiere educational leadership conference in the country. This grant will allow the Vice Principals to have concentrated time to gain needed professional development, and have time to work together and collaborate in a way that they have rarely had the opportunity to do. They will attend workshops on subjects relating to wellness, student conduct, discipline, and social/emotional learning, and will bring this learning back to directly help students at Brookline schools.

Participants: Donna Finnegan (Runkle), Joshua Howe (Baker), Isabel Gunter (Lincoln), Kirtan Patel (Heath), David Youkilis (Driscoll), Saeed Ola (CCS), Steve Simolaris (CCS), Peter Cipparone (Lawrence), John Badger (Pierce), Jim Stoddard (Pierce), Jamie Yadoff (Pierce)

Wilson Reading System 4th Edition Institute—This grant will allow Special Educators at Runkle and a Special Education Administrator to be trained in the latest edition of the Wilson Reading System, so that the teachers will have the latest understanding of language concepts taught in all subjects.

 Participants: Michiko Hattori (Education Team Facilitator), Anna MacIver (Special Education Teacher), Jessica Tubridy (Special Education Teacher), Melissa Devine (Special Education Administrator)

International Literacy Association Conference—Five Heath teachers will attend the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference so that they can learn more about word study, reading, writing, as well as attend presentations by authors and illustrators. In addition to the latest trends in literacy teaching, the teachers will also be able to diversify the libraries at the school. 

Participants: Christin Wheeler (Literacy Coach), Chari Dalsheim (2nd Grade), Karen Shashoua (2nd Grade), Emily Redburn (1st Grade) Rachel Hayashi (Literacy Coach and Middle School ELA )

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Coaching Institute, 3rd Year—In its third and final year, the District’s remaining literacy coaches will attend the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s “Units of Study” for writing and reading workshop, which has proven to be extremely valuable and immediately useful for literacy coaches in Brookline. Brookline’s adoption of this curriculum has required additional training, and the literacy coaches will now be fully knowledgeable and qualified to coach other teachers and students in this curriculum.

Particpants: Caitlin Paget (CCS), Alyssa Rubenstein (Runkle), Christin Wheeler (Heath), Sarah Maxwell (Lincoln), Dianne Muendel (Lawrence), Jennifer Sanders (CCS), Jennifer Redburn (Driscoll) 

READ Institute for Competency Based, Trauma Sensitive Teaching and Assessment—A team of BHS teachers will attend training with the REAL Institute at Boston Day and Evening Academy, which will strengthen the teachers’ knowledge about competency based learning, especially as it relates to students who have experienced trauma in their lives. The teachers, who work in a number of specialized programs at the high school, including Winthrop House and ExCEL, will have a chance to work and learn together to help the students with high needs in the safest and most supportive ways.

Participants: April Zyirek (Special Education Coordinator), Owen Minot (Program Coordinator, Winthrop House), Joslyn Vendola (Special Educator, ExCEL), Jennifer Jaruse (Special Education, SLC)

Collaborative Grants awarded for 2018-2019

Diverse Learners, Diverse Libraries: American Library Association Annual Conference — Librarians from three Brookline schools will attend the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Library Association. This conference brings together leaders in the field and will expose participants to new materials, enhance their knowledge on diverse books and authors, and inform them about programming occurring in schools and public libraries nationwide. Our librarians will focus particularly on enhancing their knowledge of current and diverse materials and methods for the K-12 student body, and bring new ideas and energy toward the ongoing goal of building collections that reflect the diversity of students in the Brookline district. They will share this knowledge with all school librarians in the Brookline schools.

Participants: Kathleen Moriarty, (Librarian, Lawrence), Bridget Knightly (Librarian, BHS), Shelley Mains (Librarian, BHS), Anne Reid (Librarian, Driscoll)


Fostering Spanish Language Comprehension and Literacy with Puppets — This collaborative grant will allow six elementary Spanish teachers to receive puppetry training through workshops with Brookline Puppet Showplace Theater. These teachers will then work together to design engaging lessons and materials that will apply to their curriculum. They will implement the work in their classes, which they expect will bring the language to life and increase student comprehension.

Participants: Kaitlin Robinson (Lawrence), Brigitte Valerio (Pierce), Lauren Finucane (Lincoln, Pierce), Leslie Prime (Pierce), Ana Elkhessassi (Coolidge Corner School), Esperanza Villalonga (Baker)


Mathematical Mindset School Initiative — Four Lincoln school faculty will participate in an intensive training at Stanford University, led by expert Jo Boaler. The seminar focuses on leading mindset and mathematics change in schools and districts, as well as content and pedagogy to promote a growth mindset. After the training, participants will collaborate around engaging students and families with learning opportunities that contain specific methods and approaches that promote the development of mathematical discourse, conceptual understanding, problem solving skills, and mathematical growth mindset through equity based practices.

Participants: Jodie Waldesbuhl (English Language Learner, Lincoln), Hilory Paster (Math Specialist, Lincoln), Malia Scott (Math Specialist, Lincoln), Kathleen Hubbard (Math Coordinator K-8), Brian Denitzio (Principal, Lincoln)


Pierce Equity Action Team (PEAT) and Leadership Training — This grant will allow the Pierce Equity Action Team (PEAT) to develop their on-going work in addressing race and educational equity issues at the school. Working with the Equity Collaborative, the three PEAT Leaders will receive leadership and facilitation training and acquire the skills needed to direct discussions with the entire staff and related actions towards closing the opportunity gap at Pierce. In addition, the Equity Collaborativewill have sessions with the entire PEAT team during the 2018-2019 school year to further support their work. The Equity Collaborativebrings knowledge of the Brookline school system, as it has already worked with the district during 2017-2018.

Participants: Dominique Herard (1stGrade, Pierce), Amanda Dulberg (2ndGrade, Pierce), Alison Hansel (Math Specialist, Pierce), Laura Lechner (Literacy Specialist, Pierce), Kim Barnum (3rdGrade, Pierce), Jamie Yadoff (7thGrade English, Language, Arts, Pierce), Kat Gramigna (3rdGrade, Pierce), Anne Sheridan (Music, Pierce), Mary Damore (Nurse, Pierce), Tara Anyaosah (Nurse, Pierce), Dawn Galolo (8thGrade Math, Pierce), Emily Thomas (7thGrade Social Studies, Pierce), Laura West (Kindergarten, Pierce)


SEED New Leaders Week Training, K-8 — Two elementary Math Specialists will attend the intensive SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) New Leaders Week to learn to facilitate SEED seminars. They will then conduct seminars for Brookline educators, where participants explore their own identities and belief around multiple identity areas. These seminars will be provided, for the first time, to K-8 educators and will also include an exploration of math identity, incorporating ongoing math department work on equity and identity in mathematics.

Participants: Julie Boss (District wide Math Specialist), Hilory Paster (Math Specialist, Lincoln)


Speech and Language ASHA National Conference 2018 — Speech and language pathologists from every Brookline school will join other field professionals to attend the 2018 American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) national conference taking place in Boston.  This premier conference of speech and language offers opportunities to learn about the latest research, clinical practice, skills, and resources needed to improve school based SLPs’ work, and the chance to network with national and international leaders in the field. 

Participants: Marty Paul (Driscoll), Shelley Stevens (BHS), Audra Francisco (Lincoln), Laura Vish (Runkle), Erica Landry (Runkle), Lauren Tavares (Runkle), Susan Flegenheimer (Lawrence), Jill Arnold (Pierce), Erica Melmed (Baker), Julie Dananberg (Pierce), Lisa Anne Guerra (Heath), Alison Pomper (Devotion), Carolyn Ketterer (Lincoln), Andrea Schuettler (Lynch), Holly Polgreen (Lynch/Putterham), Kathy Righi (Lynch), Jillian Raffle (BEEP/Beacon, Runkle), Russell Morin (Lawrence), Erica Mahoney (Coolidge Corner School), Cassie Rubinstein (BHS), Alissa Parker (Runkle/Lincoln/BHS), Jackie Rossey (Driscoll), Nicole Poirier (Lawrence, Runkle, Lincoln, BHS, BEEP), Rebecca Lember (BEEP/Putterham), Jackie Hung (Baker), Laura Kessel (District Wide), Emily Frank (District wide)


Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Coaching Institute, Year 2 — This grant will allow the remaining seven Brookline Literacy Coaches to attend the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project Coaching Institute. Last year, four coaches attended the Institute through a BEF grant. The coaches will strengthen their knowledge of the writing curriculum that the District adopted three years ago, and will be able to support teachers through classroom coaching and professional development.

Participants: Sarah Maxwell (Lincoln), Terese Clarke (Lincoln), Jill Demsey (Lawrence), Kristin Gray (District), Rachel Hayashi (Heath, Runkle), Shoshana Jacobs (Runkle), Lynni Nordheim (Coolidge Corner School), Caitlin Paget (Coolidge Corner School)