MADISOn, NJ - The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) has awarded 12 new educational enrichment grants totaling approximately $56,000 for their Spring 2017 grant cycle.“We’re excited to start the school year in Madison with fresh programs and innovative resources,” says MEF President Clare Sievers. “Madison district teachers continue to impress us with their energy and the vision they have for their students and classrooms.”
It’s Full STEM Ahead at Madison Elementary Schools
A new STEM curriculum based on New Jersey Learning Standards will be introduced at Central Avenue School (CAS), Kings Road School (KRS), and Torey J. Sabatini (TJS) this fall. As part of the implementation of the program, MEF has provided a grant to fund the transformation of existing traditional library spaces into “Madison Maker Spaces.” These advanced spaces will allow students to engage in the engineering design process to solve problems and take part in project-based activities that span curriculums in science, mathematics, the arts, reading, writing, technology, and engineering. MEF funds will also be used to purchase STEM teaching materials, including LEGO WeDo Robotics kits.
Other MEF grants at the elementary school level will fund new CPR/AED mannequins for teacher and student training (CAS, KRS, TJS, MHS), an author visit with Dan Gutman, “Guiding Reading in a Snap” kits (CAS), a 3-day Mindfulness for Educators workshop (CAS), and a hand fidget pilot program and evaluation of effectiveness (CAS).
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Curriculums Go High Tech at Madison Junior School
The language arts and social studies departments at Madison Junior School (MJS) are getting a big upgrade. MEF has provided a grant to purchase 250 premium WeVideo accounts for eighth grade students and teachers. The advanced software will allow for higher quality video, greater media access, longer projects, more editing features, and unlimited cloud storage. Fall endeavors with the new WeVideo accounts will include horror film video projects and a human rights film festival. In addition, teachers are eager to find creative opportunities to use the software in conjunction with other academic departments and to reach more students and schools in the district.
Other MEF grants funded at MJS include a 6th grade theater field trip and a 7th grade historical fiction writing workshop,
Debate Club Prepares for Victory at Madison High School
The increasingly popular Speech and Debate Club at Madison High School (MHS) is getting an injection of support from MEF to grow its membership and participate in more competitions. MEF funds will help advance students’ speech and debate skills and offset the cost of attending monthly competitions, including the costly State competition, from October through March. Boosting the Speech and Debate Club will expose more students to its benefits, including better research skills, advanced academic knowledge, and increased confidence. In addition, a bigger and impressive presence at competitions will improve MHS’s reputation throughout the district and beyond.
Other MEF grants funded at MHS include new racquet games net systems for the physical education department and an up-to-date NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching training and certification course for 27 MHS coaches.
Madison Education Foundation
The Madison Education Foundation awards grants to Pre-K-12 teachers for initiatives that energize the creative and academic lives of students but are above and beyond the school budget. Since its inception in 2003, MEF has awarded more than $1,181,000 in grants. MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 1093 Madison NJ 07940 or submitted online. Visit www.mefnj.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.