2018 - 2019 Systemwide Grants

Systemwide grants support growth and innovation in the system as a whole. Systemwide grants may be renewed to provide funding over a three-year or greater period. Smaller leadership grants have traditionally been used to provide continuing education and professional development opportunities to principals, curriculum coordinators, and other administrators. Systemwide grants are developed and administered in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools and Office of Teaching and Learning staff.

During the 2017–2018 school year, the Brookline Education Foundation will fund $59,000 in Systemwide grants in the following areas:

ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP GRANTS

Leadership Team Retreats 

In the 2018 - 2019 school year, the District Leadership Team includes a high number of administrators in their first or second year in Brookline, or in interim positions. This BEF grant will extend District Leadership team building and leadership development work by funding three off-site retreats to be held throughout the academic year.

New and Interim Principal/Administrator Mentoring Program

Recognizing the importance of the first few years in a new leadership role, as well as the ongoing transition in the Principal positions, this grant, now in its third year, will continue to support new and interim Brookline School leaders with a mentoring program during their period of transition. 

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Senior Leadership Professional Development Grant

This grant enables the Superintendent and members of his senior staff to attend state and national professional learning opportunities, keeping Brookline schools in the forefront of educational innovation.

Making Informed and Intentional Instructional Decisions

This grant funds a project aiming to support professional learning for specialists and curriculum coordinators to develop a plan for using school and student data in a meaningful, thoughtful and productive manner that strengthens outcomes for all students.

 

EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES

K - 5 Math Content Support 

This grant will provide funding to train four Math Specialists as facilitators of math content professional development for K-5 teachers using the Developing Mathematical Ideas model. By developing internal training capacity using the “train the trainer model”, the specialists will become trainers to K-5 teachers to strengthen foundational skills in math understanding and instruction during the 2018-2019 school year. The content of this grant has been designed to work in concert with the District’s PreK-8 Mathematics program review and the curricula material review that are both currently underway. 

Restorative Justice 

Restorative justice is a powerful alternative approach to traditional school discipline that focuses on repairing harm through inclusive processes that engage all stakeholders. Implemented well, Restorative Justice shifts the focus of discipline from punishment to learning and from the individual to the community. This grant will provide training for 18 administrators, deans, guidance counselors, and teachers at the Brookline High School, who would then use the “train the trainer” model to maximize the impact and train another 32 teachers and ultimately train student leaders from all the district schools.