The Continuing Scholar Award (CSA) supports personal and professional enrichment experiences that, in turn, benefit students. CSAs fund experiences sponsored by professional organizations, universities and institutes, such as conferences, conventions, non-credit courses/classes, educational expeditions or trips, seminars, and workshops.

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$2,500 maximum*

Deadline for Application

CSA grant proposals will be reviewed monthly. Please submit the grant application form to grants@aefma.org by the 25th of each month for consideration at the following AEF Board meeting.

Who Can Apply

Any Arlington Public Schools educator or staff member is eligible to apply.

Key Guidelines

CSAs cannot be used to pay for independent research/study projects, nor courses leading to degrees or certifications/licensures.

* Awards can be used to take training that grants personal development planning credits (PDPs) but only after exhausting the district’s allowance for such trainings. If approved, CSAs used to earn PDPs will be for a maximum award of $1,000.

How to apply

Past Continuing Scholar Awards

The Arts

  • Deborah Campagna, Art, Stratton & Thompson, “Art Retreat for Educators” at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program. (2018)
  • Liz Farese, 1st grade, Dallin School, The Ron Clark Academy (2018)
  • Annmarie Rebola-Thompson, High School Visual Arts; Art of Education: Studio Course – Fibers (2017)

World Languages

  • Christina Toro and Katia Marticorena, AHS Spanish, attendees and presenters at the Northeast Conference on Teaching of Foreign Language, New York, NY (2019)
  • Stacie Greenland, Art, Dallin & Hardy, Japanese Language and Culture Level 1 course at The Boston Language Institute (2018)
  • Anne Zachary, Ottoson World Languages and Jill Connor, Dallin fifth grade; Primary Source Study Tour to Spain & Morocco: Coexistence, Competition & Culture (2016)


  • Sonya Connelly, Math Coach, Thompson Elementary, Mount Holyoke College Mathematics Leadership Summer Institute for Coaches (2019)


  • Julie Harrington, Hardy 4th grade; Teacher’s College Conferring and Small Group Institute in Reading (2017)
  • Eileen Catizone, Stratton Reading Specialist, Reading Intervention using LiPS (Lindamood Phonome Sequencing) for Phonemic Awareness, Reading and Spelling (2015)

Social Emotional Health & Learning

  • Helen Bassett, Deb Bermudes, Marianne Condon, Cindy Fijux and Cybil Ransom-Joyce, district occupational therapists, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference and Expo, Boston, MA  (2019)
  • Michelle Crowley, Lianne Dusek and Ruby Liu, Dallin Elementary, Social Emotional Artistic Learning (SEAL) winter retreat, Essex, MA (2019)
  • Elena Haro, 1st grade, Pierce Elementary school, Responsive Classroom course: ”Responding to Misbehavior” (2019)
  • Hannah Borden, Clinical Social Worker, Pierce Elementary School, Embodied Leadership Facilitator Program at JourneyDance (2019)
  • Jennifer Breneisen, Stratton Social Worker; Social Thinking Clinical Training Program (2017)
  • Graham Daley, Arlington High School Science & Melanie Konstandakis-Schwartz, Arlington High School History; Hammer and Chisel Capetown Connect Service Trip (2016)

English Learning

  • Hannah Dingman, EL Teacher, Hardy School, WIDA (World-class Instructional Design and Assessment) Annual Conference (2020)

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  • Seven science teachers from across the district, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference, Boston, MA (2019)
  • Robin Varghese, Arlington High School chemistry and biology, National Science Teachers Association’s STEM Forum and Expo in San Francisco. (2019)
  • Brandy Whitney, Ottoson Middle School Technology & Engineering, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. (2018)

Have Questions?

Our school representatives are eager to help you through the application process. Please let them know of your interest, and they will be in touch!