2018 - 2019 Teacher Grants

Bridget Baird-Francescone, Kimberley Munroe (Special Education Teachers, Runkle)

Universal Design for Learning Training through Online Course

Ms. Baird-Francescone and Ms. Munroe will take an online professional learning course to expand their knowledge of lesson and curriculum design using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and guiding principles. This training will provide them with an additional tool to increase inclusion for special education students at Runkle, and provide additional opportunities and supports for all students to learn. They plan to share UDL practices with other teachers.  


Elizabeth Brennan (Visual Arts Department, BHS)

Art New England: Mixed Media Monoprinting with Susan Rostow

Ms. Brennan will attend the “Mixed Media Monoprinting with Susan Rostow” workshop in Vermont over the summer. Rostow is a nationally known printmaker/artist who invented soy-based printmaking inks and modifiers, which are non-toxic and water-soluble. The workshop is presented in conjunction with Art New England and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She hopes to inform her own practice as an artist and share her new skills and knowledge with her students. 


Shephali Chokshi (Math Coach, Devotion), Victoria Cavanaugh(7thGrade Math, Coolidge Corner School)                                                                      Charlie Baker Award recipients

Mathematicians Around the World: Exploring the Stories Behind the Solutions

To highlight the stories of the mathematicians behind the world’s most famous solutions, Ms. Chokshi and Ms. Cavanaugh will separately visit key sites in the history of mathematics: Italy, Greece, Mexico, and Peru. Upon their return, they will visit several Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. together, to identify and document for students pivotal moments in mathematics in the US from an equity perspective. They plan to create online resources tied to grade level standards that they can use in the classroom and share with other math teachers in Brookline, in order to humanize math for students, and make the subject more interdisciplinary.


Brianna Conlanand, Emily Redburn (1stGrade, Heath)

Finland Education Conference

Ms. Conlan and Ms. Redburn will attend a professional seminar in Finland with other educators from around the world. The teachers will observe authentic Finnish classrooms, talk with Finnish educators firsthand, and study the pedagogical practices of this public education system, which is known for its unique educational philosophy. They aim to learn best practices from this different culture and create a more reflective and collaborative learning environment at Heath.


Liz Cook (3rd– 5thGrade, Special Education, Lincoln)

Visualizing and Verbalizing

Ms. Cook will attend an online course for Visualizing and Verbalizing, which offers strategies to improve and expand struggling readers’ comprehension.


Michelle Gokarakonda (6th-8thGrade Special Education, Pierce)

Lindamood-Bell on Cloud Nine Math Professional Development Training

Ms. Gokarakonda will attend a professional development workshop to gain tools in stimulating the ability of students to visualize and verbalize the concepts underlying math processes. She hopes to implement these tools with her students to increase their comprehension and abilities. 


Richard Gorman (9th- 12thGrade Guidance Counselor, BHS) 

Canadian College Tour

Mr. Gorman will visit, tour, and meet with admissions representatives from three Canadian Universities, so that he can help educate and broaden the college options for Brookline High School students. 


Dominique Herard (1stGrade, Pierce)

Exploring Language Education: Global and Local Perspectives Conference in Stockholm, Sweden

Ms. Herard will attend the Exploring Language Education: Global and Local Perspectives Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, and present research she has done with first graders using imagination, empathy, and oral storytelling skills to enhance written composition skills. By attending the conference she also hopes to learn more innovative strategies to use in her classroom.


Mayra Hernandez( Dance, BHS), Kenny Kozol (K-12 Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator, Drumming and World Music, BHS)    Adam Russell Gelfand Award recipients

The African Essence in Cuban Music and Dance

Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Kozol will travel to Cuba to study traditional Afro-Cuban music and dance in a customized intensive program. They will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the artform and the culture from which it comes in order to teach with authenticity and stylistic accuracy in their classes, as well as share with their colleagues.


Daniel Lipton (2ndGrade, Coolidge Corner School)

Mindfulness In the Classroom

Mr. Lipton will take an online course on using mindfulness in the classroom through the Mindful Schools organization to apply. His goal is for students to become more reflective of their feelings and social interactions, which should improve classroom climate and enhance all areas of learning.


Laura London (5th– 8thGrade Special Education, Pierce)                    

Landmark School Outreach Training: Teaching Students with Language Based Learning Disabilities & Developing Cardinality in Math

Ms. London will participate in a two part summer teacher training with the Landmark School Outreach Program. Both parts of the training are aimed at addressing the needs of individuals with language-based learning disabilities. She hopes to increase her ability to effectively work with learners that require a multi-sensory approach to advance their learning.


Alison Manion (Music K-5, Pierce)

Plant Kindness and Gather Love

Ms. Manion will attend a workshop of the Maine musical “Plant Kindness and Gather Love”, to learn how to integrate the curriculum-based music into her classroom. This nature based music about island life and Maine connects with literacy, music, science, social studies, and history along with a Social-Emotional Learning curriculum, and cultivates a music classroom and school culture of caring and kindness.


Evan Mousseau (9thand 11thGrade English, BHS)

An Odyssey to Ancient Greece

Mr. Mousseau will serve as a Greek Study Fellow in the semester-long GreeceOnlineGraduate Course through The Examined Life Program, culminating in a weeklong study tour of Greece focused around locations connected to The Odysseyand other ancient texts. He hopes to increase the breadth and depth of his knowledge about Homer’s Odyssey, and ultimately to develop and revise the relevant unit in his classroom.


Matt Picard (6thGrade ELA, Baker)

Makerspace Training

Mr. Picard will complete a five-day summer workshop at Nu Vu studio in Cambridge, MA, training in makerspace classroom setup and implementation. He hopes to use these skills and knowledge to establish a makerspace learning environment at Baker School and work with students on creativity, collaboration, and problem solving skills. 


Meredith Ritter (3rd- 8thGrade Visual Arts, Baker and Lawrence) 

Art New England: Color Studio

Ms. Ritter will attend the “Color Studio Course with Nancy McCarthy” at an Art New England workshop run through the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The workshop assists artists to take the basic concepts of value, hue, and saturation to the next level. While working on her own practice, she also hopes to translate knowledge and experiences from this course into her work with her middle school students in two Brookline schools.


Kaitlin Robinson (K-3 Spanish, Lawrence)

Attending the Northeast Conference of the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Ms. Robinson will attend the 2019 Northeast Conference of the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The conference will address subjects including: integration of culture, content, and language; authentic classroom discourse; and performance-based assessment. She hopes to acquire concrete techniques and activities to apply to her Spanish classes, as well as learn new things that will inspire her work.


Skye Shirley (9th-12thGrade Latin, BHS)

The Society of Classical Studies Annual Conference

Ms. Shirley will attend the annual conference of the Society of Classical Studies and American Institute of Archaeology in California. She will present a paper about her “Active Latin” teaching methods and learn about best practices and the latest thinking on Classical Studies. “Active Latin”, used by Ms. Shirley in her classroom, involves spoken and auditory methods of teaching that is a relatively unusual but increasingly popular approach, supported by strong research in to how we best learn languages.


Chris Smith (6thand 8thGrade Social Studies, Pierce)

Beyond the South to the Land of Smiles and a Million Elephants

Mr. Smith will travel to Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam with the Global Exploration for Educators Organization to gather information first hand to create a geography unit of Southeast Asia for 6thgraders. He hopes that his first hand experience of these places will lead to more authentic learning for his students.