Coolidge Corner School

Devotion Garden

For over 35 years, Brookline Education Foundation grants have supported the Coolidge Corner School’s strong commitment to meeting the needs of all learners. These grants help to continuously improve the quality of education that CCS students receive and foster a greater sense of community among teachers, students, and administrators.



Priscilla Kwok (K-8 Visual Arts) – ADAM RUSSELL GELFAND FELLOWSHIP
Seen/Unseen: Habla Summer Arts and Literacy Institute

Ms. Kwok will travel to Merida, Mexico to attend the Habla Summer Institute to expand her knowledge of Mexican art, literature, music and movement in an effort to create more authentic learning experiences for her art students. The Institute employs a variety of hands-on activities to teach attendees best practices for integrating arts with literacy and language.

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.

Katherine Judd (Learning Center, 7-8th Grade)
Wilson Reading System Level 1, Online Course and Practicum

Ms. Judd will undertake 90 hours of online coursework to complete her certification of the Wilson Reading Program Certification, Level 1.  With this additional training, Ms. Judd will be more able to provide CCS Learning Center students with appropriate diagnostic plans to address their individual reading and spelling challenges by utilizing new multi-sensory Wilson techniques.

Emily Manning-Mingle (K-8 Visual Arts)
Anderson Ranch Workshop and Gallery263 Studio Residency

Ms. Manning-Mingle will attend a week-long Anderson Ranch workshop which will give her time and space to create her own artwork with the support of a vibrant artist community. This grant will provide her with the opportunity to re-engage with her own art practice in order to transform her own thinking and return to school in September re-energized for her art students at CCS.


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.
CCS Participants: Joanna Pascar, Joan St. Peter (Coolidge Corner, Baker, Runkle)

 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.
CCS Participants: 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.
CCS Participants: Laura Andrade (CCS, Math Specialist), Jeremy Bloch (CCS Math TeacherVictoria Cavanaugh, (CCS Math Teacher), Shephali Chokshi (CCS Math Coach), Oakley Hoerth (CCS, Math Teacher), Sheila Juang (Baker, Math Teacher), Jen Jordan (CCS, Math Specialist), Michele Morris (CCS, 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)

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)

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)

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)


Kyle Tompkins (Enrichment and Challenge Support)
This grant will allow Mr. Tompkins to create STEAM project kits for grades 1 – 4. Ultimately, creating a library for teachers to check out kits.

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.


CCS educators will also benefit from the following Systemwide 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.


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Awards Held By Coolidge Corner School Educators

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BEF Parent Contacts at Coolidge Corner School

Shauna Betof email Shauna
Alicia D’Aloia email Alicia 
Brooke Fine email Brooke
Lisa Ting email Lisa