Supporting quality education and investing in the future in Bethesda, Maryland
With your help and support, we have again helped our wonderful Seven Locks teachers become even better equipped with technology in the classroom! Due to your generosity, the Foundation was able to move quickly when the need arose. Additional Chromebooks were the hands of students by mid-year, to the delight of teachers and students alike. As one teacher shares:
“Chromebooks have been a useful and meaningful tool in the second grade classroom this year. I have been able to expand my teaching by providing fabulous resources through Google Classroom to my students. Specifically, students are more accountable and able to reach higher expectations in their processes, production and research in reading and writing. They have also had more access and hands-on experiences in keyboarding skills and publishing their writing as we have more than just four computers at a time. This tool has been an excellent motivator for my students and has helped guide them in shared inquiry lessons and editing practices. They are user friendly, fast, and a perfect size to use in the classroom as well as reduces transition and logging in time that may take place in a computer lab. We are hoping that we will eventually have class sets because they are so great! Furthermore, I want to thank the foundation again for their support in getting these into our classroom! “
Other teacher observations:
One of the first projects approved by the Foundation for the 2014-2015 school year includes $5000 for extensive enrichment of leveled texts for our upper grades which will benefit students for many years to come. Our reading specialist recommended the books to be used in small-group reading instruction. When the books arrived in the Fall, an open house was held for teachers to view the newly available resources.
Previously, in the 2013-2014 school year, the Foundation is proud to have provided the funding to significantly expand our Junior Great Books and William and Mary Series libraries. In addition, math intervention kits were purchased to allow ALL grades the access to an effective program of supplemental mathmatics instruction.
In 2014-2015, the Foundation piloted a “Mini-Grants” program, budgeting $2000 to award teacher innovation in the classroom. Our first grade team submitted a proposal to provide iPad Minis in the classroom to enhance small group learning centers. This proposal was funded, and iPads were placed into use by the second half of the school year!