FEF Grantees to Discuss Innovative New Projects on october 2
The community is invited to “FEF Donations at Work,” a showcase of Falmouth Education Foundation grantee projects in the Falmouth Public Schools, on Tuesday, October 2 at 5-6:30 p.m.. in the Hermann Foundation Room at Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served.
FEF Board President Ellen Barol believes the event offers a valuable opportunity to learn about the tangible results of FEF’s mission.
“This showcase is a chance for the public to hear first-hand from some of our grantees about the impact of their FEF projects, and it's wonderful to hear teachers talk with such excitement about their work,” she said. "We are especially delighted that curiosity is at the forefront of the presenters' projects."
The following projects made possible through FEF grants will be featured:
"How do serious engineering skills turn into fun-filled competition?" Lawrence School teacher Bob Porto teaches students to identify worthwhile projects and use their problem-solving, design and construction skills to bring them to life. Last year, three distinct engineering projects formed the basis for fun and challenging competitions.
"How does a trip to the museum power student writing?" Falmouth High School's Lauren Kenny and Heather Goodwin regularly open their students' eyes to new perspectives and inspiration through excursions to Boston museums. These trips culminate in writing projects that cross multiple disciplines and media.
"What happens when eighth-graders meet a professional Shakespeare troupe?" Lawrence School teacher Liz Liles will bring Shakespeare and Company to the Falmouth classroom so students can experience A Midsummer Night's Dream and work alongside the actors to better understand the play. They will then participate in a "Shakes-Off," a cross-team performance competition that will be judged by school faculty and staff.
"What does a 21st Century classroom look like?" East Falmouth Elementary's Elijah Switzer and Mullen-Hall Elementary's Jill Meserve are building on the success of a project designed to create learning through collaboration.
"How can we help students ease back into school after long absences?" Following the successful implementation of a bridge program for students at FHS, Lawrence School's Tom Bushy and Rebecca Vieira will replicate the program at grades 7-8 to support the needs of students re-entering school after absences due to serious mental health conditions or medical illness.
Falmouth Education Foundation annually awards grants to educators in the Falmouth Public Schools who are seeking funding for innovative classroom programming and staff development. FEF’s two types of grants, traditional and mini-grants, have ranged from single classroom projects to district-wide initiatives. They have impacted all schools, all grades, and all disciplines. For more information, visit www.falmoutheducationfnd.org.