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In July, the Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) awarded a $12,000 grant to the Arlington Public Schools to fund a course on remote learning strategies for educators. Fifty-four Arlington educators are currently enrolled in the month-long course title

AEF Grants over $56K to Arlington Public Schools FEATURED UPDATE

In June, the Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) awarded the Arlington Public Schools a grant of $56,500 to support the ongoing work of Safe and Supportive Schools (SASS), a district-wide, multi-year initiative focused on student mental health and community engagement. The most recent grant is the third and final award, fulfilling AEF’s total pledge of $200,000. 

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In July, the Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) awarded a $12,000 grant to the Arlington Public Schools to fund a course on remote learning strategies for educators. Fifty-four Arlington educators are currently enrolled in the month-long course titled Developing Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning, offered by the Harvard School of Education. 

This is a unique, large-scale professional developmental opportunity that AEF made possible this summer because the school district faces extraordinary challenges due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Dr. Roderick MacNeal, Jr., Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, a purposefully chosen variety of educators was invited to participate in the course, including building administrators, special education coordinators, curriculum leaders, and members of two synchronous study groups who have been meeting since the spring. The high number of participants will assist with sharing knowledge, strategies and tools with teachers across the district. Additionally, all teachers will receive new guidelines and principles which they can use to design effective and engaging online lessons. 

Sonya Connelly, an APS math coach who is taking the course, stated that should the district need to provide remote education, Developing Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning “has opened my mind to the broader possibilities of robust online learning.”

Dr. MacNeal noted that the pursuit of this course is based upon the experiences instructional staff accumulated from this spring. Based upon their feedback he understood that providing professional development focused on remote learning would be a priority over the summer. Dr. MacNeal, who is also taking the course, reports “I have been able to share best practice with educators from around the world. I want to thank AEF for supporting the continued professional development of Arlington educators.”


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The Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) has completed its spring grants cycle and has awarded a total of $10,310 in two grant categories, Innovations in Education and the Continuing Scholar Award.   “AEF is proud to continue its mission to support Arlington’s public school teachers and administrators despite the current school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to schools re-opening and these exciting new opportunities getting underway at that time,” remarked Julia Schilling, AEF President.


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Spirits were high at Arlington Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser on November 25th as all those gathered celebrated innovations in education within Arlington’s public schools. AEF Board members, supporters, guests and grant recipients shared a lively evening recognizing AEF’s work. The event raised $9,380 for the foundation. All funds raised will directly support AEF’s work supporting and advancing public education in Arlington.


Empowering students to make meaningful art as confident, expressive, and independent thinkers is key to high-quality art education in our schools.  With the support of a $10,000 Development & Expansion grant from AEF, all of Arlington’s art teachers will receive professional development on Teaching for Artistic Behavior, an innovative, choice-based art education teaching strategy. 


In sixth grade, most students are just beginning to understand their social identities. With the support of a $10,000 AEF grant made in June 2019, a new project-based learning (PBL) course will help students develop both their social and self-awareness. 


The high quality of Arlington’s public schools is thanks in great part to the outstanding teachers who work across the district. Two of Arlington’s devoted teachers were recently awarded the 2019 Gibbs/Ottoson Middle Schools and Arlington High School Star Teachers of the Year.


In order to effectively analyze all of the data points derived from assessments, classroom observations and other sources, a $14,575 Development & Expansion grant from AEF will support the training needed to implement the Data Wise project in all of Arlington’s public schools.