Lawrence School

The BEF has partnered with Lawrence teachers and administrators for 35 years to advance their vision for Lawrence as a community that cultivates excellence in teaching and a passion for learning. BEF grants strongly support Lawrence School’s commitment to provide all students with the differentiation, support, and challenge necessary to achieve success.

GRANTS AWARDED TO LAWRENCE SCHOOL EDUCATORS FOR 2019-2020:

TEACHER GRANTS

Gabrielle Mahesh (Special Education Teacher, Grades 3-5)
Travel to India
Ms. Mahesh will spend two months volunteer teaching in Bangalore, India during the summer of 2019. During this time, she will develop a deeper understanding of the impact of global education, expand her knowledge of students from diverse backgrounds and bring home skills to engage in conversations around cultural competency within Brookline schools. Once returning home, Ms. Manesh will establish a letter-writing project between students at the Lawrence School and students attending Shanti Bhavan for the school year.

Dianne Arico-Muendel (Literacy Coach, Grades 3-8)
Writing Workshop for Writing Teachers
Ms. Arico-Muendel will reflect on and hone her own writing by attending Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking. A former Metzger Fellow, she has seen the power of personal writing in strengthening one’s teaching and coaching. She will bring back techniques learned at the workshop to share with colleagues so they may strengthen the writing curriculum for their students.

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.

COLLABORATIVE GRANTS

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.
Lawrence Participants: Laura Koplow (Lawrence, Math Specialist), Gigi Luckett (Lawrence, Math Teacher), Katy McGraw (Lawrence, Math Specialist), Julieta Roz (Lawrence/Pierce Math Specialist), Lora Smid (Lawrence, Math Teacher)

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.
Lawrence Participant: Deborah Caruso

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) 

IDEA LAB GRANTS

Jillian Coggeshall (Grade 2)
Created STEM kits for all 2nd grade classrooms, and another kit for morning breakfast students.

Leslie Fagen (Enrichment and Challenge Support)
Purchased Spheros robots to teach coding and collaboration to 6th graders at Lawrence. 

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.

SYSTEMWIDE GRANTS

Lawrence 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.

Grants for 2018-19

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

Awards Held By Lawrence Educators  

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

BEF Parent Contacts at Lawrence

Rachel Goldman email Rachel
Cathleen Schoen email Cathleen
Karen Stern email Karen