This winter, the Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) awarded $7,500 for a Development and Expansion grant, and $7,665 for three Innovations in Education grants that will impact students across the school district. 

AEF’s Development and Expansion grants support school-based or district-wide development of new educational strategies that target demonstrated needs, and have the potential to serve as models for the rest of the district. The most recent grant awarded is:

Author/Speaker for APS and Arlington Reads Together: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of the 2021 Arlington Reads Together selection Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, will participate in a district-wide discussion with APS faculty. 

AEF’s Innovations in Education grants support innovative and creative teaching and learning projects in classrooms throughout the district.  The three recent grants are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing: Ottoson students will use a new laser cutter that will engage students in the exciting new area of digital fabrication and encourage creativity  in their engineering and design processes. 
  • Virtual Author/Illustrator Visit: Pierce students will visit virtually with Bryan Collier, an award winning illustrator.  His visit will center around art and expression, storytelling techniques, and bookmaking. 
  • Connecting with Mathematical Learners in the Digital Age: Gibbs math students will benefit from new Wacom Tablets for teachers that will enhance communication, quicker transcription, and clearer feedback for students.