EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Churchill Junior High School Orchestra teachers, Sarah Franchino and Dr. Anna Braun demonstrate excellence, not only in the arts but also in concurrent teaching and learning, says a report issued by the East Brunswick Public Schools.     

With the aid of a generous grant from the East Brunswick Education Foundation that provided all 167 orchestra students with SmartMusic; a web-based, interactive music software, these teachers are able to even further enhance their concurrent instruction.  This program enables students to practice and self-assess their performances while at home.

SmartMusic is a web-based suite of music education tools that support efficient practice, helping musicians to develop and grow.

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From the EBEF web page...

"To support East Brunswick’s dedicated teachers, when schools suddenly closed due to the pandemic, the Foundation created a new grant category, Distance Learning Mini Grants for requests up to $500. During the months of April and May, the EBEF funded approximately 90 grants totaling more than $30,000.00. Teachers requested and received a range of materials that allowed them to continue to provide the same level of excellence in teaching and learning that the East Brunswick community appreciates under normal circumstances.

Included in the mix of requests were items that allowed teachers to create “in-home” classrooms like document cameras, mobile whiteboards and headphones. Other requests included leveled books and read-alouds, math manipulatives and science kits for whole class, small group and one-on-one instruction. Additionally, teachers were able to acquire a variety of online subscriptions that enabled hands-on instruction in all subject areas; such subscriptions permitted performing arts students to collaborate and present in amazingly creative ways. With grant funds, teachers went above and beyond to arrange for “care packages” to be sent directly to students’ homes. Imagine the thrill of receiving a book in your mailbox that was chosen just for you by your teacher or a sewing project to complete and then discuss online with your teacher and classmates.

This initiative was a win all around…for the teachers, the students and their families…and for the EBEF who was thrilled to be able to continue its mission to enhance and enrich the education for East Brunswick’s students, even during what were extraordinary times."