Driscoll School

Since 1981, Driscoll teachers have been honing their craft with the support of grants from the BEF. Driscoll students benefit each and every day as a result of this process. The 2019-20 school year at Driscoll promises exciting grants that foster leading-edge work.



Chris Lee-Rodriguez (Instrument & Music production, Baker, Lawrence, CCS, Driscoll & Lincoln)
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.

Jen Doubilet
, Maria DiStefano (Literacy Specialists, Grades K-5, Driscoll School)

Turbo Charge Your Students' Sentence Writing: A Stepping Stone to Enriched Text-Based WritingIU

Ms. Doubilet and Ms. DeStefano will attend a working on writing strategies at the Landmark School, which will expand their repertoire of teaching foundational writing skills, especially with vocabulary and grammar, to have another tool in assisting students with writing.


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.
Driscoll Participant: Cora Finley

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

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.
Driscoll Participants include: Jenna Laib (Math Specialist), Lisa Soltani (Math Teacher)

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)


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.

Joseph Iadarola (Physical Education K-8)
Mr. Iadarola purchased ‘smart’ basketballs and soccer balls to engage students and measure results via an App.

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


Driscoll educators will also benefit from in 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.

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

Awards Held By Driscoll Educators

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

BEF Parent Contacts at Driscoll

Amy Deutsch email Amy
Tamar Pinto email Tamar
Karyn Wang email Karyn