FOCRLS Faculty Innovation Grants Awarded for Spring 2013 (5/13/2013)

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Please join Friends of CRLS in congratulating our latest Faculty Innovation Grant recipients! (See list below.) Our 6 Grantees for Spring 2013 were chosen from among a wide variety of programs and departments.

Grant recipients reflect the commitment and vision of faculty and other CRLS staff to the academic and social development of CRLS students, and FOCRLS’ deep interest in supporting the ongoing professional development of the teaching community at CRLS.

Our review panel of 7 CRLS parents and community members gave careful consideration to each proposal, awarding grants of up to $1,000 each. 130 CRLS faculty have been awarded grant funding by FOCRLS since 2007. The next FOCRLS grant cycle is in Fall 2013.

We thank our many donors — family, friends, alumni, and business leaders — for supporting the power of the ideas of our exemplary CRLS educators.

Spring 2013 FOCRLS Faculty Grantees:

Deborah Haverty – “Merging Old and New Murals”
Student muralists’ works over the past 5 years will be represented in a visually stimulating and collaborative installation on floor 3 of the Arts Building.

Sherry Madden  and Eydie Garcia – “Living the Culture in In the Time of Butterflies”
A trip to New York City for students of Spanish language and history to see a Spanish theater company production of Julia Alvarez’s novel, available in translation around the globe.

Andrew Miller – “Project-Based Learning in Physics”
Optics, motion, force.  Real-time problem-solving, engineering, and experimentation in the lab.

David Mish – “The Houses on Cambridge Streets: English Language Learners Write Books to Become English Language Authors”
Creation of students’ stories and “button books” inspired by Sandra Cisneros’s best-seller, The House on Mango Street.

Susan Van Blaricum, Jacqueline Cesario, Diane Elinskas, Marya Wegman –  “Grilling up Opportunity Diversity and Respect!”
Equipment co-funded by FOCRLS and Student Government to facilitate community-building, good eating across cultures, and sustainable, rental-free grilling.

Courtney Wilkes – “Spreading Spoken Word at CRLS”
Students across grade levels refine their writing and slam techniques though participation at a Massachusetts Student Day of Poetry at Salem State College.

Congratulations all!