Faculty Innovation Grants Announced

Faculty Innovation Grants Announced
Posted on 12/18/2017

Friends of CRLS is delighted to congratulate the 2017/18 school year awardees of our Faculty Innovation Grants! Thanks to numerous generous donors, FOCRLS was able to award a total of $12,415 (a $4,195 increase over last year). These grantees bring the grand total of teachers and staff members receiving Faculty Innovation Grantees to 191 since 2007. Please visit focrls.org to support innovation at CRLS.

Elizabeth Hansel, Physics Teacher — “Team America Rocket Challenge” ($1,000) to design and build a rocket that qualifies the CRLS team to fly their creation in the world’s largest student rocket competition.

Jeff Gaglione, Dean of Curriculum & Program, Mathematics — “CRLS Mathematics Department Summer Math Preview Program” ($1,000) to help students succeed in AP and Honors classes with advance preparation through a curriculum of higher level math and the development of studentship skills.

Drew Pierce, Math Teacher at HSEP, and Sam Matson, History Teacher at HSEP — “Mountain Classroom Trip for the Students of HSEP” ($1,000) for students to learn environmental science and ecology as well as leadership and teambuilding by spending three days exploring the White Mountains.

Brenda Divelbliss and Mila Thigpen, Dance Teachers — “Residency with Brother(hood) Dance!” ($500) to expand students’ exposure to contemporary dance beyond the greater Cambridge/Boston area and increase their creative potential by hosting and learning from a New York based dance duo. ​​(In collaboration with the CRLS Arts Committee and the CRLS Department of Visual & Performing Arts.)​

Kendall Boninti and Emily Houston, Library Media Specialists — “Collaborative Learning Spaces at CRLS Pearl K. Wise Library”
($1,000) to empower student choice and foster a participatory culture by establishing two technology-rich collaborative learning spaces in the school library.

Allison Deban, Vanessa Black, and Caitlin Plummer — “Accessing Cambridge through Community-Based Instruction” ($500) to provide students on the autism spectrum with opportunities for community-based instruction, building a foundation for functional life skills that will carry into adulthood.

Marya Wegman, English Teacher — “We Need Diverse Books” ($865) to increase the classroom library to reflect a broader variety of cultures, races, religions, genders, and identities.

Vera Duarte, Teacher-in-Charge, ELL Department — “Community-Building Opportunities for CRLS Immigrant Students” ($600) to provide half-price prom tickets to immigrant students so that money is not a barrier for them to fully immerse themselves in the CRLS community.

Marlin Kann, Computer Science and History Teacher — “I am CS @ CRLS” ($1,000) to boost the interest of more students in computer science with a STEM Classroom Invention Literacy Pack of Makey Makeys and “I am CS @ CRLS” T-shirts for the Computer Science Fair and classroom.

Lynette Belle, Club Advisor, Falcon Friends — “Falcon Friends Expansion” ($1,000) to provide support and inclusion for students with disabilities, promote awareness, and provide training about disabilities.

Amy Dolan, Math Teacher — “T1 84 Graphing (in color) Calculators for Easier Access to Math” ($1,000) to inspire more students to enjoy Algebra 2 and discover the benefits math can bring them by increasing the classroom supply of graphing calculators.

Kathleen FitzGerald, Teacher, Civics Teacher and Internship & Project Coordinator — “Storied Landscapes: An Exploration and Sharing of Cultural and Natural Resources Across Urban and Rural Youth Communities” ​($1,000)​​ ​to provide students with an opportunity to experience a region and a way of life vastly different from their own by collaborating with students in Lubec, Maine.

Laura Borrelli, Biology Teacher and Advisor of the Student Bike Advocates — “Bike Advocacy Club Helmets”​ ​($950)​​ ​to provide 30 bike helmets that Student Bike Advocates can customize for bake safety promotion events to increase enthusiasm for helmet wearing.

William McDonald and Barbara Dorritie, Biology Teachers — “Antibiotic Resistance Lab”
($1,000)​ ​to give students the opportunity to witness evolution in real time over the course of two weeks using current techniques used by lab researchers.

Photo: Friends of CRLS's 2018 Faculty Innovation Grantees (Front, L-R) Laura Bor​relli, Amy Dolan, Marya Wegman, Brenda Divelbliss; (Middle, L-R) Vera Duarte, Elizabeth Hansel; (Back, L-R) Emily Houston, Kendall Boninti, William McDonald, Drew Pierce, Kathleen FitzGerald, Lynette Belle, Marlin Kann, Jeff Gaglione
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