Baker School

Lin at Baker Library

Since 1981, the Brookline Education Foundation has partnered with Baker School educators to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences that facilitate each student’s cognitive, social, emotional, creative, and physical growth. BEF grants strongly support Baker School’s commitment to provide all students with the differentiation, support, and challenge necessary to achieve success.



Alyssa Henry (Fourth-grade)
Educator Tour of Bolivia
Ms. Henry will travel to Bolivia to participate in an educational tour with the Global Exploration for Educators Organization. This tour will allow Ms. Henry to visit a variety of geological features, as well as learn about the history and culture of this country.  Ms. Henry will share her experiences with her students by creating a photo journal for use in the classroom to supplement the fourth-grade science and social studies curriculum.

Chris Lee-Rodriguez (Instrument and Music production)
Brazilian Guitar Techniques as a Skill development and Cultural Lens
Mr. Lee-Rodriguez will attend the California Brazilian Camp for a week-long, full immersion educational music program with world-class master musicians from Brazil. He seeks to deepen his personal understanding and development of Brazilian guitar techniques, songs and culture. He will share his new knowledge with other colleagues in the performing arts department so that all Brookline students studying guitar and ukulele will benefit from the experience.

Kailin Bixby and Sara Zekri (Literacy Specialists, K-8)
Focus on TWEENS: YALSA’s Youth Services Symposium
Three Literacy Specialists will attend the Young Adult Library Services Association’s conference in Tennessee with the goal of expanding and diversifying the Teen section of the Baker School Library and creating a new TWEEN section by the start of school in 2020. In their information gathering, they hope to learn how to choose literature to engage TWEENS and to create a space that is inspiring and communal.

Marney Krupat (Grade 5)
First Brookline 5th Grade GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance)
Ms. Krupat recently started a GSA specifically for 5th Graders at the Baker School because research shows that providing support to LGBTQ students in early years can help prevent conflicts in Middle School. Ms. Krupat will attend a conference at Boston University’s School of Public Health to get the necessary training to effectively provide support to these young students.



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 from Baker: Anne Osberger and Joan St. Peter (Coolidge Corner, Baker, Runkle)

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

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.
Baker Participants Include: Jasmin Ha (Math Specialist), Sheila Juang (Math Teacher), Hana McGowan (Math Specialist), and Shukkuen Tse (Math Specialist)

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)

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)



Matt Picard (ECS)
The staff of Pathways will create executive function toolboxes for their students.

John Ferguson (Instrumental Music)
With this grant, Mr. Ferguson will commission a former Brookline and current Berkeley College of Music student to compose a musical piece for the Orchestra students to perform.


Baker educators will also benefit from the following System-wide Grants:

 Educational Excellence and Equity: Seeding, Feeding, and Cultivating Cultural Proficiency in Our Schools

 With research that was conducted about course recommendations, transitions between middle and high school, and the desire to increase equitable practices in Brookline, the Office of Teaching and Learning has developed a plan to improve equitability in thought and practice in today’s classrooms. The Senior Director of Educational Equity will design and deliver a twelve-hour Cultural Proficiency course to all PSB teachers, which will be rolled out in several phases over three years, all Public Schools of Brookline principals will be trained, and in the first full year 25 educators will be trained to then teach fellow teachers. The course will address issues such as how to understand racial identity development, cultural mismatch, racial microaggressions, and how stereotype threats can impede learning.

Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Training

 The Senior Director of Educational Equity and the Director of Professional Development will attend the SEED training in Boston so that the Office of Teaching and Learning can better support the growing number of SEED professional learning groups in the schools.

Teacher Learning By Teachers for Teachers

The Brookline School District will engage teachers who have received professional development grants to brainstorm the best ways to share their ideas, gained knowledge, and best practices with one another. District administrators and teachers will work together to create an event that will highlight the positive commitment of the PSB educators, which will potentially culminate in an event that will be open to all educators in the District.

Reading Between the Lines: Equity, Reading and Early Intervention

In its desire to support the increasing number of students with learning disabilities, the District will train a team of teachers at all elementary schools in a variety of reading interventions to support struggling readers specifically with their disabilities. This will increase the number of teachers with specialized literacy knowledge, will help more students, and will allow teachers who are currently employed in the District to be the experts, rather than hire specialists from outside the District for these students.


Grant Funding for 2018-19

For a complete list of 2018-19 Baker School grants, click here.


Awards Held By Baker Educators

For a complete list of Baker School award recipients, click here.

BEF Parent Contacts at Baker

Sarah Johnson email Sarah
Naomi Mann email Naomi
Diane Pokorny Wilson email Diane