SUMMIT, NJ - Tweaking its traditional twice-yearly grant cycle calendar to allow for grant applications at any time on an emergency basis, the Summit Educational Foundation has provided a series of grants specifically funded to assist the Summit Public Schools with online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SEF's change has allowed the Foundation to continuously help tailor how students are educated via blended in-school and remote programs. Grants specifically funded by the SEF to help with online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic:
An online vocabulary site license for one-year subscription was granted to the middle school. This allows students to obtain individualized vocabulary practice. It had been used by some teachers at the middle school previously but is in high demand for this school year.
Zoweetek Voice Amplifiers
The District's request for 249 wireless microphones for all classrooms that did not already have a sound system in order to enhance remote learning for all students.
A grant for Summit High School teachers in the math department in the form of an online assessment that brings virtual assignments to life by providing a variety of unique question and answer tools that include feedback, support and data analysis. This one-year site license can also cross over to all subjects at the high school.
iPevo Document Cameras
This grant approved new document cameras for all Summit classrooms that previously had not been updated. These new cameras will work with the updated technology installed by the District over the summer and allow remote students to see what is being shared. They are also portable in case the District needs to go fully remote again.
A one-year site license for Parlay, which supports rich and meaningful discussions for both the middle school and high school. This tool helps students have inclusive discussions that develop critical thinking and written communication skills in students and will be used in all subject areas.
A District-wide subscription to this on-line tool that gives teachers access to a variety of reading materials, including audiobooks, specifically designed to bridge the reading gap for struggling readers with learning differences, including dyslexia.
This grant provided access to all math and science teachers at the High School to an on-line program that allows for simulations for different curricular topics in math and science.
This grant was approved to run the summer program for ESL and Basic Skills first and second grade students from Washington, Franklin and Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary Schools.
Flash At-Home Summer Program
Funds to run two STEAM classes as well as funding teacher supplies for all the classes for Flash as it moved its programming online due to COVID-19.
The SEF's mission is "to maintain and enhance the high quality of a Summit public school education through community funding of innovative and essential educational programs, a close working relationship with the school district, and careful review, evaluation and financial oversight of supported initiatives."
Since its inception, the SEF has awarded nearly $8 million in teacher and District grants.
For more information, or to make a donation supporting the SEF's and its efforts, visit sefnj.org.