Academics

Faculty Innovation Awards

Faculty Innovation Awards

Where does curricular innovation come from? It comes from the minds of creative teachers who are dedicated to their craft and eager to elevate teaching and learning to the next level. Faculty Innovation Awards recognize and support teachers who seek to develop and implement teaching and learning experiences that transcend the normal school curriculum. These awards are made possible through the gifts of two generous parents.

2018-2019 Innovation Awards

List of 3 news stories.

  • Kenley Smith

    Kenley’s grant was used to purchase audio recording technology for use in the Humanities Department with the goal of the AP Literature students producing a weekly podcast and exploring the process of backwards design.
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  • Megan Dolan & Bethany Shannon

    Megan and Bethany's grant was used to purchase tower garden systems to enhance the plant unit in the seventh grade science curriculum. These systems allow the seventh graders to work on gardening throughout the year, on both experimental units carried out over several months, and year round food production for the dining hall.
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  • Sara Murray

    Sara Murray's grant was used to purchase physics and design building blocks and outdoor classroom equipment to enhance the STEAM programming Grade 1. She wrote in her proposal, "I attended a screening of the movie “The Land” at the Boston Children’s Museum.
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2017-2018 Innovation Awards

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  • Christian Kiley

    Christian's grant allowed him to implement the first phase of building the infrastructure for a fully equipped media lab in the Hastings Center. The equipment gives Brimmer faculty the opportunity to offer a pedagogically sound film production curriculum, one that offers students comprehensive opportunities to learn best practices in pre-production, production, and postproduction of their original creative works.
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  • Matt Gallon

    Matt's grant provides resources to help integrate a STEAM design component into the Middle School earth science curriculum to encourage students to not only gain a better understanding of how these natural processes occur, but to also provide them with an opportunity to apply that understanding to designing unique and original solutions for mitigating the effects of environmental change on those communities most affected by them.
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2016-2017 Innovation Awards

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  • Andrew Stattel

    Andrew's grant funded an expansion of the Lower School Garden Classroom. It provided all Lower School students increased opportunities to garden and study environmental science and ecology. Solar covers and raised bed greenhouses extend the growing season of vegetables and flowers and teach the students about the power of the sun and the importance of renewable energy. Indoor grow stations allow students to garden in their classrooms and make scientific observations year round.
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  • Kathryn Lee

    Kathryn's grant money allowed her to purchase five iPad Pros and five Apple Pencils for the Upper School Visual Art Department. This proposal strengthens and further develops the mission of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiative and also increases the amount of exposure students have to digital technology within the visual arts curriculum.
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2015-2016 Innovation Awards

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  • Frank Van Atta

    Frank Van Atta is the Director of Middle and Upper School Music. The grant will create a state-of-the-art music studio, cover the cost of music applications, and serve all students in the fourth and fifth grades, the entire Middle School, as well as those students enrolled in the Upper School choral ensemble, Greenline.
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  • Ina Patel

    Ina Patel is a fourth grade teacher. The grant money will allow her to design an interactive, dynamic science/maker’s space for Lower School students. This space, called the Design Lab, will not only house traditional science equipment such as beakers, graduated cylinders, rulers, and eye droppers for our future biologists and physicists, but the new space will also be home to our aspiring engineers and design architects.
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2014-2015 Innovation Awards

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  • Elizabeth Hickey & Alina DeKay

    The grant money will allow PK teachers to expose their students to the components of simple machines to provide our early engineers with the necessary tools for solving everyday challenges. Demonstration models will provide hands-on independent and cooperative learning opportunities that will generate conversation and develop multiple solutions to creating a simple machine out of recyclable materials. 
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  • Kathryn Lee & Jason Bock

    Kathryn Lee is a Middle and Upper School Creative Arts teacher; Jason Bock is a Technology Coordinator and Middle/Upper School teacher. The innovation grant allows for funding to create a maker space in the Corkin Visual Arts Center—a collaboration between the Technology Department and the Visual Arts Department. This space will feature two 3D printers and access to 3D rendering software that will be used by Middle and Upper School art classes. This will broaden the current art curriculum in a contemporary direction and expose students to collaborative learning environments.
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  • Sara Murray & Molly Serventi-Gleeson

    Sara and Molly's proposal will allow for the creation of a dynamic and integrated STEAM Lab program for first graders. Innovation grant funding will allow teachers to implement a year-long, weekly STEAM lab with lessons that integrate hands-on engineering, math, science, art and technology projects.
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2013-2014 Innovation Awards

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  • Cecelia Pan

    Cecelia Pan is the Chair of the Science Department at Brimmer and May. The grant money will allow her to purchase LabQuest 2 probes which will connect wirelessly to iPads and computers and will allow students to analyze scientific data more effectively and efficiently as working groups of students can collect data and store it on their own iPad. The LabQuest 2 also contains built in sensors such as GPS and accelerometers, which allow for the taking of data remotely, which increases the flexibility of taking data in experiments. Generally, these devices will allow Brimmer and May scientist in grades 6-12 to more effectively analyze and manipulate data and make conclusions about what the data means.
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  • Chris Harman

    Chris Harman is an Upper School Science teacher and the designer and coordinator of the newly minted STEAM Diploma Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). The grant money will allow him to purchase the additional materials needed for a Mobile Maker Lab at Brimmer and May. Materials such as CNC router/miller/engraver, vinyl cutter, power and hand tools, and an electronics prototyping suite would be added to the currently owned 3D printer to allow our students to fabricate solutions to a wide range of scientific and engineering “problems”. The Maker Lab will be mounted on three large mobile tool carts that can be moved to appropriate spaces such as the four science labs, the computer lab, the scene shop, and the art barn.
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2012-2013 Innovation Awards

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  • Elizabeth Wooster

    Elizabeth Wooster is a Lower School Music teacher. The 2012-2013 grant money allowed for a wireless connection between an iPad, speakers, and a ceiling-mounted projector through AppleTV.
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  • Yuhong Xu

    Yuhong Xu is a Mandarin teacher and founder of the Chinese program at Brimmer and May. The 2012-2013 grant money allowed her to purchase new iPads and Pleco Mandarin software licenses. Her students in grades 5-12 have the opportunity to use these additional tools in the classroom and at home.
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