Arlington Education Foundation awards $17K to spring grant recipients

aef logo 2018The Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) has completed its spring grants cycle and has awarded a total of $17,540 in two grant categories, Innovations in Education and the Continuing Scholar Award.

“The grants we awarded this spring highlight the compassion and depth of learning in our schools. Whether building cultural competence or finding innovative ways to demonstrate math, psychology and art concepts, we are proud to support these creative programs,” Amy Speare, AEF president, said in a May 25 news release.

Innovations in Education grants support innovative teaching and learning in classrooms throughout the district. This spring there were five such grants awarded:

Discovering Our Voices with Literature Circles: Gibbs School literature circles will encourage self-directed learning, collaboration, responsibility, and respectful discussion.

Integrating Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy: High School Summit program staff will be trained to use dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) to teach students how to cope with daily stressors.

Fun & Games with Math: Gibbs School classroom math games will supplement traditional academic learning.

Building a Multicultural Library: The High School Millbrook Program library will be supplemented with texts that reflect students’ demographics and identities.

Beautiful Brain -- AP Psychology Conference at MIT: High School AP Psychology students will participate in a full-day conference, expanding upon students’ knowledge about biological psychology and human behavior.

AEF also awarded three Continuing Scholar Awards to support individual teachers’
professional goals and personal interests. This spring’s recipients are:

Deborah Campagna, K-5 art teacher at Stratton and Thompson Schools, will participate in “Art
Retreat for Educators” at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program.

Liz Farese, first-grade teacher at Dallin School, will attend the Ron Clark Academy educator training focused on classroom culture that leads to success for all.

Stacie Greenland, Visual Art specialist at Dallin and Hardy Schools, will further develop her personal and professional interest in Japanese art and culture by taking a Japanese Language and Culture Level 1 course at The Boston Language Institute.

The Arlington Education Foundation is committed to enhancing teaching and learning in all of Arlington’s public schools. Through charitable donations and business sponsorships, the foundation grants more than $100,000 annually. To learn more, visit

This news announcement was published Wednesday, May 30, 2018.