2018 - 2019, 2019-2020 Systemwide Grants

Systemwide grants support growth and innovation in the system as a whole. Systemwide grants may be renewed to provide funding over a three-year or greater period. Smaller leadership grants have traditionally been used to provide continuing education and professional development opportunities to principals, curriculum coordinators, and other administrators. Systemwide grants are developed and administered in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools and Office of Teaching and Learning staff.


2019-2020 Systemwide Grants 

 

Systemwide Grants for the 2019-2020 academic year will support the Office of the Superintedent, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Student Support Servies, and focus on gaining more knowledge and infrastructure around equity issues, sharing ideas and best practices throughout the District, and improving services for students with learning differences.

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.


2018-2019 Systemwide Grants

ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP GRANTS

Leadership Team Retreats 

In the 2018 - 2019 school year, the District Leadership Team includes a high number of administrators in their first or second year in Brookline, or in interim positions. This BEF grant will extend District Leadership team building and leadership development work by funding three off-site retreats to be held throughout the academic year.

New and Interim Principal/Administrator Mentoring Program

Recognizing the importance of the first few years in a new leadership role, as well as the ongoing transition in the Principal positions, this grant, now in its third year, will continue to support new and interim Brookline School leaders with a mentoring program during their period of transition. 

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Senior Leadership Professional Development Grant

This grant enables the Superintendent and members of his senior staff to attend state and national professional learning opportunities, keeping Brookline schools in the forefront of educational innovation.

Making Informed and Intentional Instructional Decisions

This grant funds a project aiming to support professional learning for specialists and curriculum coordinators to develop a plan for using school and student data in a meaningful, thoughtful and productive manner that strengthens outcomes for all students.

 

EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES

K - 5 Math Content Support 

This grant will provide funding to train four Math Specialists as facilitators of math content professional development for K-5 teachers using the Developing Mathematical Ideas model. By developing internal training capacity using the “train the trainer model”, the specialists will become trainers to K-5 teachers to strengthen foundational skills in math understanding and instruction during the 2018-2019 school year. The content of this grant has been designed to work in concert with the District’s PreK-8 Mathematics program review and the curricula material review that are both currently underway. 

Restorative Justice 

Restorative justice is a powerful alternative approach to traditional school discipline that focuses on repairing harm through inclusive processes that engage all stakeholders. Implemented well, Restorative Justice shifts the focus of discipline from punishment to learning and from the individual to the community. This grant will provide training for 18 administrators, deans, guidance counselors, and teachers at the Brookline High School, who would then use the “train the trainer” model to maximize the impact and train another 32 teachers and ultimately train student leaders from all the district schools.