Grant Profile: High School Digital Imaging Mini Studio

As a result of two AEF Innovations in Education grants, the Visual Arts department !cid_4F19A9C1-A957-4F72-91F6-F5CE0339DAACat the High School now has a professional-grade mini digital arts studio.  With AEF’s help, technology has transformed the visual arts department and the new mini studio better prepares students for a  career in digital imaging.  Read full profile

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Grant Profile: Nicola Davies: Zoologist and Children’s Author

Writing is hard.  But stick with it and don’t give up.  This advice came from IMG_8753_cNicola Davies, a British zoologist and writer, who visited Bishop Elementary School in late October through a grant from the Arlington Education Foundation.  The international author of over 40 children’s met with each individual classroom to talk about creative non-fiction writing.  More


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Annual Fall Fundraiser set for November 24

It’s time once again to gather together to support our schools!  Join us at our annual fall event to learn first-hand about the new programs and projects AEF is funding in our schools.  From the Ottoson School Improvement Grant to an innovative shadow puppet grant at Stratton School, to our pioneering Technology Initiative.  More

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AEF Board Members at the 2013 Fall Event.

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Ottoson Tech Program Wins Award

Technology and Engineering is ALIVE at Ottoson Middle School!  OMS Tech Program6th graders test rocket designs.  7th graders manufacture whirlybirds.  8th graders race dragsters.  AEF’s Technology Initiative helped to fund apps, 3D printers and iPads for the cutting edge Tech program at Ottoson that just won Program of the Year from MassTEC.  More


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AEF School Improvement Grant Enhances Culture

For the past few years, Principal Ruggere and a school leadership team have guided the Ottoson faculty in designing a roadmap for a shared vision of instruction, student learning and school culture.  As a result, this year Ottoson is introducing Small Learning Communities and an Advisory program.  Read more

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2014 STARS Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to Justin Bourassa (AHS English) and Nanta Hardesty (Ottoson English) on being crowned the 2014 STARS Teachers of the Year!

Read full press release

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AEF Introduces ‘Dawn Grant’

We are thrilled to announce the creation of the Dawn Moses Memorial Innovations Grant.  The inaugural grant has been awarded to the Stratton School grant Studies in Shadow Puppetry: Connecting Science, Social Studies, and the Arts.

Read the Arlington Advocate article for an overview of this innovative grant.

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Bike Swap Benefits AEF, June 21-22

quadcyclesLooking to buy/sell a bike?  Come to Quad Cycles’ bike swap June 21-22 and support AEF!  Sellers can choose to donate either all or a portion of their sale to AEF.  Sellers should drop off bikes on June 20.  Details

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Technology Showcase a Huge Success!

AEF and the Arlington Public Schools would like to thank the community for an exhilarating evening of K-12 demonstrations and discussions about technology in our schools.   We have accomplished much together, but there is still much more to do!

More about AEF’s Technology Initiative and the May 5 Technology Showcase
Arlington Advocate and YourArlington articles about the Technology Showcase

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Over $55,000 Awarded to Schools

AEF awarded $55,225 in grants to the Arlington Public Schools in four categories:  Continuing Scholars Awards, Development & Expansion Grants, Innovations in Education Grants and Technology Initiative Grants.

Rebecca Steinitz, AEF’s President remarked, “In addition to our excitement about the Technology Initiative, we are particularly proud of the grants that support the Special Education department, a critical resource in our schools.” Read Press Release

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