ROUND ONE CLASSROOM BOOST GRANTS AWARDED
JUNE 25, 2021
Providence Public Schools awarded teachers more than $350,000 through 30 Classroom Boost Grants designed to support the school district’s transformation. Earlier this spring, individual teachers or teams of up to five teachers were invited to apply for funding to encourage deeper learning in a subject area, honor cultural diversity in the classroom and/or embed social emotional learning into the school day.
Funded Classroom Boost Grants range from $2,100 to $25,000 and include:
- Math instruction that uses baseball—and a trip a Fenway game.
- A vending machine for books to incentivize student reading.
- An outdoor classroom that puts renewable energy and pre-engineering into action.
- Field trips to introduce Newcomers to the U.S. to their community.
All grants must show a direct tie to the community-designed Turnaround Action Plan for the district, and grantees must report impact metrics over the next year.
“While we had originally set aside $250,000 in ESSER funds for Classroom Boost Grants, we were so impressed with the exciting ideas our teachers had submitted that we allocated more funding to support the initiative,” said Providence Public Schools Interim Superintendent Javier Montanez.
In fact, the district has decided to offer a second round of Classroom Boost Grants this summer for interested teachers. Round two grants are due August 25. Those teachers whose grants were not funded or only partially funded in the first round are encouraged to work with administration and resubmit for round two.
The Classroom Boost Grants are part of the PPSD Cares initiative, which collaborates with other district offices to provide unique supports and services to students, families and schools.
WINNERS OF ROUND ONE CLASSROOM BOOST GRANTS
Ramiro Gonzalez, James Deignan, Alyssa Donahue, Alejandra Lindstrom Peralta, Susan Garland
360 and JSEC
Charles DeLavoi, Rebecca DeBarros, Roseanne Gorham, Ellen Foley, Hannah Mintz
Jennifer Giblin, Marylynn Leclair, Lucetia Cardin
Karen Lamarre, Carleen Lopez, Nancy Winters, Cheryl Robinson, Cheryle Solomon
James Barrett, Lisa Bianco, Kimberly Hicks, Emily Santelises Ramos, Lindsay Whicker
Nathan Bishop Middle School
Cindy Colapietro, Ana Espaillat, Siobhan Girogi, Amy Lopes, Kelly Reyes
Ryan McIntyre, Nick Bernardo
Gretchen Proulx, Lauren Loberti, Nora Nuzzolo, Rosanna DiGregorio, Anne Andrade
Darshell Silva, Anne Grimes
Lee Ann Peluso, Carmen Reid, Lynn Pimental Boyer, Matthew Russo, Jennifer Oliver
April Schmidt, Rose Molina
Martha Heald, Tacey Hellewell, Steven Nadeau
Benjamin Gormley, Susan Garland, Tania Sen
Lisa Salisbury, Christine Poland, Karina Robinson, Jennifer Pierce
Meaghan Davis, Julie Kalif, Erica Harrington, Julie Slater, Elisy Blanco-Mercado
Kimberly Yeaw, Peter Quesnel, Karen McHenry, Susanne Gordon, Pam Laurenzo
Kelly Brady, Thay Chuk
Carrie Allen, Amanda Reposa
Andreia Ferreira, Joana Santos, Olga Cruz-Peralta, Ana Montilla, Dale Folan
Deborah Muther, Pamela Carter, Haley Goodrich, Haley Webster, Gina Sousa
Thomas Bacon Jr., James Peters
George J. West Elementary