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WCEF is proud to award Grants to Woburn Educators to support innovative instruction, enriched curricula and the use of new technology and approaches in the classroom.  Since 2014 we have invested almost $70,000 in projects that cannot be funded by the regular school budget.    

In 2018, WCEF funded a total of 27 new innovative projects in the Woburn Public Schools to support student achievement, positive life choices, innovation in instruction and educator ongoing professional development.    Selected through a competitive review process, these grants totaled $23,212.

 Woburn Memorial High School:

David Kalpin, $1,000 for Chemistry Modeling Professional Development Workshop
This project provided the opportunity for Mr. Kalpin to attend a 70 hour intensive professional development workshop to build his skills in incorporating Modeling into the existing Chemistry curriculum.  Modeling is an approach to instruction that has been shown effective in engaging students in active learning.  He is now using these skills to increase his students’ understanding and interest in Chemistry concepts.  Through peer to peer collaborations, Mr. Kalpin is also sharing these skills with his fellow educators.

Barbara Locke, $1,000 for Speaker Kristina Hiller Dowling
Kristina Hiller Dowling was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) which is a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily.  This project allowed her to travel to visit with the students in Mrs. Locke’s Personal Fitness and Early Childhood classes to speak with them about her challenges and outlook on life. Although Kristina is not a professional motivational speaker, her sense of humor and positive approach to her many physical and life challenges deepened student’s understanding and inspired them to look differently at themselves and others.

Abigail Morton, $1,000 for Groundwater Simulation Tank
This project purchased a tabletop groundwater simulation tank, which demonstrates the flow and contamination of groundwater.  This tank will allow students to actively “pollute” various wells and waterways with food coloring to see the extent of the pollution plume.  The tank is an important addition to the Earth and Environmental Science curricula, and will increase students understanding of the environmental impact of pollution on public waterways and drinking supply.

Joyce Middle School:

Michaela Rice, $700 for ASCD Empower18
This project allowed Ms. Rice to attend the 2018 Conference for Every Educator, a professional development conference which offered more than 200 learning sessions directly applicable to the specific needs of Woburn students.  The sessions focused on teaching and learning, the whole child, redefining student success, poverty and equity, global engagement and transformational leadership.  After attending the conference, Ms. Rice developed presentations to foster and create professional learning communities within the district that engaged educators in effective conversations to gain new knowledge from each other.  This project has resulted in the development of new educator skills, strategies and information that will improve students’ experience, engagement and success within the classroom.

Cory Satow, Rita Robertson, Joanna Dardonis, Cindy Farrell, Rosemary Donovan
$4500 to bring Naviance to Woburn’s Middle Schools
This project provided startup funding to bring the Naviance Program to the Middle School Guidance Offices, in order to make career exploration and personal awareness tools available to students at these schools.  While currently only available to high school students, this program will now help all middle school students, and especially 8th grade students, realize their options and opportunities for their future based on their strengths and interests.  Funds awarded through this grant will cover program and set up at each middle school; the program will be sustained into the future by the Woburn Public Schools.

Kennedy Middle School:

Danielle Jo White-Yelito, $280 for Mallet Instrument for Winter Percussion Group
This grant purchased a new marching xylophone for students to use in order to qualify to perform as part of the Woburn Memorial High School Winter Percussion Team and for a future school-wide junior team.  Mallet instruments are the most important in showcasing the melody with which dancers and drummers perform.

Altavesta Elementary School:

Judi O’Neil, $1,000 for IPads for Specialized Instruction
This project purchased 3 Ipads to benefit Special Education instruction for students in grades K-5.  With teacher guidance and instruction, Resource Room students will use these Ipads to participate in dynamic learning experiences using leading edge technology and supportive, multimedia applications.  Ipads provide real-time, hands-on, multi-sensory academic experiences which most greatly benefit students who face challenges to learning. This technology is used to actively engage all students in the learning process across all curriculum subjects.

Victoria Russo, Patricia Valente, $1,927 for Math In Movement
This project purchased “Math and Movement” Mats for the kindergarten and 3rd Grade classrooms.  Math and Movement is a program that uses a kinesthetic approach to strengthen and reinforce basic and foundational skills in the areas of Math and English Language Arts.  The Program supports differentiated instruction and engages all students in multi-sensory activities of exercise, stretching, yoga and cross-body movements.  Math and Movement provides hands-on, interactive activities appropriate for students with various learning needs.  Students in kindergarten through grade 3 will use these mats daily to learn core Math concepts and to build foundational learning.

Christine Wyard, $925 for Chromebooks for Diverse Learners
This project provides 6 Chromebooks for use in the Language-Based Special Education Classroom.  Chromebooks provide daily access to technology that has built in supports, scaffolds, and challenges that provide multiple ways for students to engage in content, and to build and demonstrate learning independence.  Access to this technology seeks to “level the playing field” for special education student by overcoming barriers to learning.

Goodyear Elementary School:

Susan Krevat, $400 for Write Now – Right Now
WCEF is proud to bring this sought after writing program to Woburn Schools.  This engaging curriculum equips elementary teachers with proven methods and effective strategies to bring out the best in individual and classroom writing.  Through daily writing prompts, students become better writers and develop a love of writing while Woburn educators become better writing teachers.

Hurld Elementary School:

Marlene Faulkingham, $600 for Reading A-Z and Spelling City
This project brings programs to the classroom which build English Language Arts skills in students.  Spelling City and Reading A-Z are technology-based programs which build vocabulary through interactive literacy activities.  The purchase of an Ipad to support access to these programs will help students with their spelling, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills.

Sharon Connolly, $900 for IXL Math Program
This project will continue to allow Hurld students to build their math skills with the IXL Program.  IXL Math is an online interactive program that provides unlimited practice at skill level directed at each individual student.  It can be used for enrichment, remediation and practice, and will particularly motivate struggling students to build on learning success.

 Linscott-Rumford Elementary School:

Linda Riley, $500 for Our Lives in Literature
This project seeks to address the achievement gap in the area of literacy in students of diverse ethnicities through the introduction of mentor texts and classroom books featuring characters that reflect the backgrounds of high-needs students.  The backgrounds of these characters are diverse in terms of ethnicity, race, language and socio-economic status.  With a focus on 3rd grade English language learner (ELL) students, the goal is to increase reading engagement and achievement as a direct result of making connections with the characters featured in these texts.

Ernie Well, $1,000 for Linscott Literacy Night
WCEF was pleased to provide funding for the first-ever Literacy Night, which gave families an opportunity to learn how to support student reading and writing at home.  In developing this event, the goal of the Linscott-Rumford educators was to empower parents and guardians to build reading achievement for all students.  The evening featured a local author as guest reader, crafts, literacy activities and dinner, all designed to help parents and guardians develop tools to help them play an active role in student literacy development, with the skills, attitudes and behaviors that support early reading and tips to support student success at home.

 Reeves Elementary School:

Kathleen Fumicello, $195 for Camtasia/Snagit Educational Bundle
Through video recording software that educators can utilize to record and edit lessons for multiple purposes.  By sharing videos of daily classroom lessons, this project provides an alternative method to train, and model best practices to parents, while improving home to classroom communication.  Camtasia/Snagit will enhance learning and address the academic needs of diverse populations of learners.

Kimberlee Johnson, $240 for Splash Math
Through this project, students will utilize this technology-based program to practice advanced math skills such as addition, subtraction, graphing and money that align with the 1st grade curriculum.  Splash Math will expose students to multi-modal approaches to learning that enhance the goal of developing critical thinkers.

Kristen Merullo, $240 for Listening Center
Pre-school and Pre-K students will now be able to read independently, with the addition of a listening center to the classroom.  This project will introduce students to literature and allow students to hear stories aligned with different curriculum areas.  Providing access to reading on an independent level guides each student through the beginning stages of becoming a reader and develops a love of stories and learning.

Bethany Newman, $625 for Moving on the Musical Staff
WCEF is pleased to purchase a Wenger Footnotes Music Rug for use at the Reeves School.  The rug will allow students to participate in more kinesthetic learning activities as they learn how to read music on the staff.  This project promotes teamwork, enhances musical understanding and gets students literally moving to the music!

Shamrock Elementary School:

Laura Rebelo, $200 for Time to Boogie
“Time to Boogie” is a technology program that offers an interactive, engaged learning experience.  Boogie Boards are portable boards that come with a stylus for writing, that are fun and easy to use.  First graders use them to solve math problems, sound out and write words, practice letters, and show their thinking in various ways.  They allow for small group collaboration and promotes social skills instilled in the lower grades.  Kids are easily drawn to the wonders of technology and the Boogie Boards are a fun way to incorporate important concepts they need while having fun.

White Elementary School:

Mary Bonsignore, Christine Chute, Denise Delaney, Melissa Doherty
$3950 for Technology, Professional Development and Tools for Word Work/Daily Five and Café
WCEF is proud to support this project to facilitate student learning in grades 4 and 5, utilizing the Daily 5 and CAFÉ programs.  These programs offer instructional frameworks which create routines with students through focused teaching, student modeling and practice.  The Daily 5 helps students build stamina, develop independence and make successful choices through activities that include read to self, write to self, read to someone, listen to reading and word work. Listening is especially beneficial for struggling readers as well as English language learners, by providing pronunciation and use of expressions to model.

Wyman Elementary School:

Nancy Hubbard, $900 for Math Technology
This project will support enhanced educational experiences for students who struggle learning math concepts.


In 2017, WCEF funded a total of 20 new innovative projects in the Woburn Public Schools to support student advancement in learning, positive life choices and creative approaches to teaching.  Selected through a competitive review process, these grants totaled $17,885.  

Woburn Memorial High School:
Jessica Callanan, $5,000 for Night School Credit Recovery Program
This project provided funding for subsidies for low-income high school juniors and seniors who needed to attend night school in order to graduate on time.  The availability of these funds allowed 15 students, in grades 11 and 12, to recover 23 credits in the core subject areas. Through this program, WCEF made it possible for 13 students to graduate this school year with their class.

Sarah Dugan, $1,000 for The Everyday Astronaut
This project invited astronaut Tim Dodd to the school, to give a presentation to the study body to “bring space down to earth for everyday people.”  Tim’s talk incorporated tenets of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) to inspire today’s students to reach for the stars.  As a successful photographer, Tim also met with a group of advanced art students to share his advice and experience.

Diane Ivester, $1,000 for Botvin Life Skills Program
This program is an extension of the Health and Wellness curriculum, proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse and to reduce violence by building skills and resiliency in young people.  Botvin Life Skills help students resist peer pressure, increase self-esteem, and handle stress and anxiety through enhanced cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent risky behaviors. 
All middle and high school students will benefit from this program.

Joyce Middle School:

Dave Guffey, $880 for Botvin Life Skills Program
This program is an extension of the Health and Wellness curriculum, proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse and to reduce violence by building skills and resiliency in young people.  Botvin Life Skills help students resist peer pressure, increase self-esteem, and handle stress and anxiety through enhanced cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent risky behaviors. 
All middle and high school students will benefit from this program.

Danielle Jo White-Yelito, $115 for Handbells and Percussion
WCEF is proud to fund the purchase instruments for the new Hand-bell Choir and Percussion Ensemble at the school.  We look forward to their debut at the Holiday Concert in December 2017, with a performance of “Carol of the Bells”!

Kennedy Middle School:

Anne Riccadelli, $880 for Botvin Life Skills Program
This program is an extension of the Health and Wellness curriculum, proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse and to reduce violence by building skills and resiliency in young people.  Botvin Life Skills help students resist peer pressure, increase self-esteem, and handle stress and anxiety through enhanced cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent risky behaviors. 
All middle and high school students will benefit from this program.

Altavesta Elementary School: 

Kristy Russell, $1,000.00 for IPads for Specialized Instruction
This project uses Ipads to create customized learning experiences using supportive media technology for diverse learners of varying academic needs.

Goodyear Elementary School:

Robert Doherty, $923 for Ipad Film Project
Through the use of Ipads and professional production staging, students in grade 5 will film and produce high quality video presentations for a variety of uses, including monthly video news features that showcase school activities.  This project will increase the creative confidence of these students and expand their knowledge and use of technology. 

Hurld Elementary School:

Linda Burns & Sharon Connolly, $876 for Document Cameras
Document cameras project a page of a book or a 3-dimensional object onto a screen for the whole class to see.  This technology is used to actively engage all students in the learning process across all curriculum subjects.

Marlene Faulkingham, $996 for IXL Technology Based Math Program
WCEF has funded this program for the 2nd year at the Hurld School, as it has shown great potential to advance student’s mastery of math concepts and standards.  This program can be utilized at home as well as in the classroom, and engages students in supportive learning which guides and celebrates individual achievement. 

Linscott-Rumford Elementary School:

Kerri Moynihan, Linscott, $856.00 for Tablets for the Resource Room
Students with disabilities that affect how they learn benefit from multisensory approaches and multimodal learning strategies.  These tablets allow access to differentiated learning programs that provide individualized support, and increase student learning and engagement. 

Reeves Elementary School:

Elizabeth Fisichella, $433.00 for a Reader’s Theater
Reader’s theater allows students to use scripts adapted from stories in order to improve word recognition and reading fluency.  This program addresses a need in the school to improve reading fluency among 1st grade students.

Amanda Sheehan, $500.00 for ESL Technology
This project provides access to visual information, a key component in ESL instruction.  Students are now able to make connections between English language words and objects and express what they know in a variety of different formats.         

 Shamrock Elementary School:

Shirley Morgan, $500.00 for Stages Learning Vocabulary Materials
This project offers students opportunities to use authentic visuals across a variety of curriculum areas.  These materials assist students in developing basic communication skills and cognitive academic proficiency by expanding their vocabulary through language-based activities geared towards their individual learning needs.

Laura Rebelo, $756.00 for Hands On Learning Project
This project has provided funds to purchase 4 Osmo Gaming systems to facilitate a hands-on, movement driven learning environment.  Students now have the benefit of learning how to manipulate numbers, words, art and coding while fostering small group collaboration.

White Elementary School:

Jaclyn Desmond, $330 for Reading A-Z Subscription
This project provides educators with a virtual library of level appropriate books that can be printed and shared with students and their families.  These books can be tailored to each child’s fluency, comprehension and language skills to encourage learning and a love of reading. 

Christina Makinen, $400 for Hatching Baby Chicks
Through this project, students in the 2nd grade will have the opportunity to observe and care for eggs and chickens.  They will gain a greater understanding of biology and life science concepts as well as develop respect and responsibility for living things.

Joan White, $525 for Motion:  Forces & Work Program
WCEF is pleased to bring the Museum of Science program to the White Elementary School!  This interactive presentation teaches students how forces create motion, what simple machines have in common, and why they help us perform a large amount of work.

Altavesta, Linscott-Rumford, Hurld, White & Wyman Elementary Schools:

Travis Liquori, $915.00 for African Drumming
This project addresses the need for musical instruments for elementary students.  African drumming promotes expressive communication, stimulates cognitive functioning, and improves coordination, giving it multiple applications across curriculum areas. The purchase of 9 African djembes are being used to facilitate in-class instruction for 2nd and 3rd graders, and also in a new after-school music program at each school.

The Following Educator Grants were awarded on March 16, 2016; in total $16,500 was awarded:

Woburn Memorial High School:
Rosemary Donovan, $800.00 to fund the EmWave Mindfulness System
This project will bring a new tool to the WMHS Guidance Office, to serve those who experience social-emotional stress.  The EmWave Mindfulness System is a self-directed intervention for students who experience extreme anxiety; the goal of this program is to reduce time spent out of the classroom.   

Abby Gillis, $1,000.00 to co-sponsor  Travis Roy Motivational Speaker
WCEF is proud to co-sponsor this school-wide assembly.  All WMHS students have read Roy’s memoir Eleven Seconds; they will now get to hear his inspiration story and meet this motivational speaker in person.   

Elizabeth Miller, $946.00 to fund in-class Google Viewer Virtual Field Trips
The purchase of Google Viewers will integrate with existing classroom technology to allow students to travel the world in three-dimensional virtual reality. 

Susan Thifault, $1,000.00 to fund a GoPro Video Production Program
Students in the WMHS Fine Arts Video Program will have a new learning experience through the use of GoPro Cameras, the latest advance in digital image technology.

Joyce Middle School:
Joanne Young, $850.00 for Connecting All Students with Technology
This project was developed to respond to the needs Joyce students who are currently homeless and do not have access to computers.  This learning center will be available during out-of-school time, to provide equal access to technology for all students to facilitate use of Google tools in the classroom. 

Altavesta Elementary School:
Judi O’Neil, $1,000.00 to support  Customized Learning with IPads
The integration of Ipads in the Resource Room will be used to create customized learning experiences for diverse learners of varying academic needs.

Goodyear Elementary School:
Bethany Newman, $595.00 to fund the Moving on the Musical Staff Program
Funds will be used to purchase a Wenger Footnotes Music Rug, which enables students to use their whole body in kinesthetic learning activities to find notes on the musical staff and explore melody.

Kathleen Sawyer, $1,000.00 for a Wonder Books  Anti-Bullying Program
This WCEF Grant will be used to purchase the Wonder book series as part of a strategy to use a multidisciplinary approach to teach an Anti-bullying program to 5th grade students.

Kerri Vasquezi, $500.00 for a Life Cycle of Raptors Enrichment Program
WCEF is pleased to provide funding that brings the interactive enrichment program, Life Cycles of Raptors, to the school’s 2nd grade. 

Hurld Elementary School:
Marlene Faulkingham, $996.00 for the IXL Math Program
This project funds the purchase of 4 licenses to bring differentiated, engaging and measureable technology based learning experiences to 100 students.

Linscott – Rumford Elementary School:
Susan Plamondon, Cheryl Dabrieo, $890.00 each for the Lego Build to Express
This Lego Program provides hands-on learning experiences that use manipulatives to engage students in higher level thinking activities, and opportunities for students to get excited about learning, to think creatively, and to work cooperatively in a community of learning and respect.  

Linda Riley, $1,000.00 to fund the pilot AIM Project
WCEF is providing funding for the pilot of the Alternative Instruction Model as a supplemental STEM class for students who are accelerating in the general education classroom.  The success of this project will determine future goals for STEM content in general classroom curriculum. 

Reeves Elementary School:
Marie LaCour, $1,000.00 for the Historical Woburn Art Installation
This art project creates a permanent installation and engages all students in an exciting, hands on art project to learn American history as it unfolded in Woburn.  This project fosters collaboration, pride, belonging and a sense of place. 

Erin Murphy Dean, $929.00 for a Learning Literacy Center
This technology project will provide students with moderate disabilities an opportunity to access information across the curriculum with increased independence.  Students will develop their active learning skills in the areas of Reading, Writing and Listening. 

Bethany Newman, $982.00 to have students  Making Ukulele Music
WCEF funding will purchase 19 of these highly versatile instruments, to students the opportunity to make music instead of just learning about music. 

Shamrock Elementary School:
Pamela Barry, $501.00 for Social Thinking Curriculums
This project will provide a multi-sensory, cognitive behavioral social learning curriculum that will help students with social emotional deficits develop better self-regulation across a range of social situations.

Alicia McAnulty, $800.00 for the Visualizing & Verbalizing Program
WCEF will provide funding for this program, as a highly effective instructional method and intervention to develop language comprehension and expression skills for students of all ages. 

Thomas O’Halloran, $800.00 to create a Virtual Multi-Cultural Classroom
Through the purchase of 3 Chromebooks, students will now be part of a virtual multi-cultural classroom through integration of the ePals online platform.  This project also introduces students to the use of technology as learning tool. 

The Following Educator Grants were awarded on March 16, 2015; these awards totaled more than $11,000:

Sarah Dugan, Art & Photography Teacher
Woburn Memorial High School

$750.00 Grant for Photography Lighting Workshop
Through this grant, students in the Woburn Memorial High School Fine Arts Department will learn how to create beautiful on location portraits from Sid Ceasar, a nationally published portrait photographer and designer, based in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Bethany Newman, Music Teacher
Goodyear, Reeves, Shamrock, White Elementary Schools
$478.89 Grant for a Rhythm & Drumming Project
This grant incorporates World Music into the elementary standards for music education.  Students will learn how to keep a steady beat, identify rhythm patterns and study African Music through the purchase of three tubanos, a type of African standing drum.  

Jessica Cefali, Special Education Teacher
Goodyear Elementary School
$998.00 Grant for Feeding the Need to Read at Our Level
This project meets the need for rich and relevant literature that encourages Ms. Cefali’s students to become motivated, fluent and skilled readers.  These comprehension kits by Benchmark Education include extension activities that support excitement, curiosity as well as enhanced learning.  

Shannon McDonough, Kindergarten Teacher
Goodyear Elementary School
$1,000.00 Grant for Top Secret Science
Through this Grant, Top Secret Science will visit the Goodyear Elementary School and work with each grade level.  Through programs that include “Properties of Rocks & Minerals”, “Engineering Design” and “The Earth in the Solar System”, students will acquire greater understanding and excitement of scientific topics.  

Marlene Faulkingham, Second Grade Teacher
Hurld Elementary School
$1,000.00 for Classroom Ipads
The Grant will provide funds to purchase three Ipads as tools to provide increased, differentiated, individualized and enhanced instruction in the classroom.  Ipads provide an enhanced, custom learn experience for each student, and can be utilized within each classroom to research, create and present projects in all subject areas.  

Maura Hooper, First Grade Teacher
Maureen Kozachuk, Third Grade Teacher
Hurld Elementary School
$1,000.00 each for the Lexia Reading Program
These Grant funds provide students essential components of the Common Core reading curriculum through the use of the individualized, research based, learning program Lexia.  This technology based system custom tailors reading instruction and facilitates in class and school to home resource sharing for expanded time in learning.  Access to Lexia extends beyond the normal school day and school calendar year.
Lexia will increase achievement for students at all levels of learning, to include at-risk, English Language Learners and Gifted.

Linda Riley, ELL Teacher
Linscott-Rumford Elementary School
$597.00 for Classroom Kindles
The Grant funds the purchase of three classroom Kindles with expanded storage capabilities and accessories, which will be used to individualize and improve classroom instruction and increase student learning and engagement.   

Kimberlee Johnson, First Grade Teacher
Reeves Elementary School
$789.00 for Success with STEM Skills Program
This program encourages students to build confidence as they develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) skills. These fields are deeply intertwined in how students learn most effectively.  Ms. Johnson’s First Grade students will learn through trial and error as they solve real world problems by designing, building, and testing with structural materials.  

Keryn Landry, Special Education Teacher
Reeves Elementary School
$755.96 for Listening to Literature
This Grant funds a Kindle-based program that assists special education students in accessing reading materials, to increase their skills, fluency and confidence. Students will utilize the Kindles to read along with Audio books.  In the future, the use of the Kindles will be expanded into other subject areas, such as Math.  

Nancy Osgood, Second Grade Teacher
Shamrock Elementary School
$1000.00 for the Wicked Cool for Kids Program
This Grant will provide six customized programs for second grade Science students, to include Legopalooza Engineering & Design, Superhero Science & Design and Build Workshop.  This program reinforces State Science Standards related to Physical Sciences (position and motion of objects) and Technology/Engineering through hands-on exploratory learning that is fun for students.    

Laura Rebelo, First Grade Teacher
Shamrock Elementary School
$1000.00 for Grade One Complete Leveled Reading Library Collection
Funding will provide multi-level nonfiction and fiction book sets for students, which will be utilized both in school and at home. Students will build their fluency and comprehension skills by reading fiction and nonfiction books at their individual reading levels.  This grant addresses a prevalent need in the school community to provide appropriate reading materials to students for at home learning.