Heath School

Brookline Education Foundation grants strongly support Heath School’s commitment to promote equity and ensure that all its students have the opportunity to achieve at high levels.



Mark Goldner (Science, Grades 7-8)
Climate Science in the High Arctic - CHARLIE BAKER LEGACY AWARD
This summer, Mr. Goldner will return to the Norwegian Arctic to participate in a long-term study of how glacier systems respond to climate change. During his trip, Mr. Goldner will be blogging and using PolarTREC tools for two-way communication with students so they may follow along and ask questions about the work. This project will also provide rich opportunities to discuss science curriculum with international leaders in climate science. Back in the classroom, students will be involved with data analysis and will visit the UMASS laboratory where the collected samples and data are analyzed.  With the additional grant from the Charlie Baker Legacy Award, Mr. Goldner will extend his trip in Northern Norway to explore and visit the famous, Seed Vault in Longyerbyen.

Tanya Gregoire (Enrichment Challenge Support)
Explo Studio – Critical Making Camp for Educators
This summer, Ms. Gregoire will attend Explo’s Critical Making Camp for Educators for an immersive, hands-on maker experience to further learn the skills necessary to cultivate the maker mindset in students at Heath and Pierce Schools. As an instructional coach, Ms. Gregoire will use what she’s learned to assist teachers in creating engaging lessons that utilize the schools’ maker spaces and to provide meaningful feedback for student directed projects.


International Literacy Association Conference
Five Heath teachers will attend the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference so that they can learn more about word study, reading, writing, as well as attend presentations by authors and illustrators. In addition to the latest trends in literacy teaching, the teachers will also be able to diversify the libraries at the school.
Participants: Christin Wheeler (Literacy Coach), Chari Dalsheim (2nd Grade), Karen Shashoua (2nd Grade), Emily Redburn (1st Grade) Rachel Hayashi (Literacy Coach and Middle School ELA )

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.
Heath Participant: Jennifer Baum

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.
Participants: Chima Ikonne (Heath, 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.
Heath Participants: Mies Boet (Heath Math Specialist), Eleanor Demont (Heath, Math Specialist), Suzanne Raskin

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)


David Fleming (Social Studies, Grade 6 & 7)
Funded the purchase of equipment for the production of podcasts on topics for Social Studies class. The student work could be entered into the New York Times Student Podcast Challenge.

John Ferguson (Instrumental Music)
He will commission a former PBS student (currently at Berkeley College of Music) to compose a musical piece for the students who participate in orchestra to perform.


Heath 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.

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

Exciting Previous Heath Grants 

For 35 years, the BEF has partnered with Heath educators to support student achievement and teacher collaboration and help to continuously improve the quality of education that all Heath students receive.

Lauren Stewart (pictured in middle of photo to the left) receives equipment from her 2014 Idea Lab grant that will enable Heath's PE department to video students to demonstrate proper exercise techniques. The department also plans to use the equipment to create student portfolios that will help students monitor their own progress in PE. This is the third Idea Lab grant awarded to Heath's PE department. Prior awards have provided Polar Heart monitors and screening equipment which encourage students to work on increasing their heart rates while exercising. Below, Chari Dalsheim, Mark Goldner and Min-Jen Wu Taylor discuss the power of weaving the teaching of science with literacy. 


 Awards Held By Heath Educators

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

BEF Parent Contacts at Heath

Sejal Chander email Sejal
Mneesha Nahata email Mneesha
Katie Sawatzky email Katie
Kate Weeks email Kate