Identity and Activism: a pilot course at Gibbs School FEATURED UPDATE

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. 

AEF Invests $200,000 in Behavioral Health FEATURED UPDATE

AEF understands the relationship between behavioral health and school success, and has committed to investing $200,000 between 2017 and 2020 to support the district’s Safe and Supportive Schools initiative.

Event attendees

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.


This winter AEF awarded two Continuing Scholar Awards to Arlington educators:

Sonya Connelly, a math coach at Thompson Elementary School, will attend a week-long workshop at the Mount Holyoke College Mathematics Leadership Summer Institute for Coaches where she will focus on the essential pedagogical issues of math coaching.

Hannah Borden, clinical social worker at Pierce Elementary School, will attend the Embodied Leadership Facilitator Program at JourneyDance in Mexico where she will work to develop specific leadership skills in the areas of emotional and social health.

The next application deadline for Continuing Scholar Awards is Friday, April 26, 2019.


AEF’s Youngest Fundraiser

Maggie Aloisi, an Arlington 6th grader with a huge heart and a ton of passion, is AEF’s youngest fundraiser.  Through t-shirt sales she is increasing awareness about dyslexia and has raised nearly $800 for AEF!