When the students in Newton needed you, our donors were there.
While the last 18 months have been challenging and full of uncertainty for all of us, this historic period has also highlighted our societal imbalances and the need to look out for others in our community.
We’ve witnessed your amazing response to these difficult times, and our students have benefited from your support.
Your generosity this past school year allowed NSF to fund a record 46 grants, enabling us to meet new needs in our schools resulting from the pandemic and the nationwide drive for racial equity while we continue to support excellence and equity in our schools. Thank you!
Here are some of the grants in which you’ve invested:
- The Literacy Equity Project, created by a Burr literacy specialist, is equipping 1st-grade teachers across the district with new approaches aimed at boosting the reading achievement of BIPOC 1st graders.
- The Modern Classrooms Project (MCP) workshop enables educators to adapt classroom methods so they can better respond to every student’s needs, increase one-to-one time with each student, and foster human connection, authentic learning, and social-emotional growth.
- A New Media Communities grant is enabling Newton South students to record and produce podcasts and documentaries as part of their interdisciplinary English and History curriculum while learning about how the media can shape consciousness and change the world. The grant is funding up-to-date media production equipment and professional development on the evolving technology and how to lead creative media projects.
When you make a gift between now and the end of the year, you can indicate to which of the three grant areas you would like us to apply it: grants that allow teachers to try innovative approaches, professional development, or programs to address inequities associated with race, income level or social identity. Or, you can direct us to apply your gift where the need is greatest.
Your year-end gift to Newton Schools Foundation is an investment in our students and in public education!
• New Approaches in the Classroom
A visual art teacher at Memorial Spaulding where NSF funded the Integrative Arts Program:
“The Newton Schools Foundation has afforded our school an amazing opportunity to collaborate and tap into our collective wisdom to develop engaging learning opportunities in creative and thoughtful ways. Without this grant, our school culture and curriculum would never have been pushed to this level of excellence!”
• Professional Development
A teacher in the Anti-Racism workshop organized by Newton South:
“This was absolutely the best professional development I have ever attended! The Educators for Anti-Racism series needs to be in every district.”
• Programs That Address Inequities Associated with Race, Income Level and Social Identity
A student in The Calculus Project, a program that helps students of color pursue higher-level math:
“The workshop and tutoring push you to work harder and learn better and has taught me to never give up and keep going.”