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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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.