Since 1981, the Brookline Education Foundation has partnered with Runkle School teachers to continuously improve the quality of education that Runkle students receive and to foster a greater sense of community among teachers, students, and administrators.
In 2007, Runkle School was the recipient of one of the largest grants ever awarded by the BEF - $50,000 over a period of two years. The grant launched “Responsive Classroom,” a nationally recognized, social-emotional curriculum designed to improve social interactions, behavior, and learning within classrooms from kindergarten to grade 5.
In 2012, a follow-up grant for a program in grades 6 to 8 entitled “Developmental Designs,” was launched. This program, featuring a new Student Advisory period, is designed to build upon the Responsive Classroom approach and to help foster stronger connections among students and staff during the difficult middle school years.