Ledyard Education Advancement Foundation
2018 – 2019
“Look to the Sky”
Ted Allen & Shelley Spohr - Ledyard Middle School
This grant funds two automatic telescopes for use in supporting the astronomy curriculum at Ledyard Middle School. The telescopes will allow daytime viewing of the moon and planets, as well as night time viewing of planets, nebula, and other objects, giving students the opportunity to see these items with their own eye instead of just in a book.
“Metal Shop CNC Plasma Cutter Table”
Doug Meyer, Ledyard High School
The purpose of this project is to make a significant improvement in the current metals shop at Ledyard High School by enhancing the student’s educational experience to reflect modern manufacturing techniques and opportunities. The current Metals Shop at Ledyard High School is not equipped with any viable CNC machining options. The CNC machines that currently occupy space are obsolete and non-functional. The goal of this project is to enhance the current hands-on education opportunities from an all-manual interface towards automated computer control interface. Since its introduction in late 1950s, CNC has gained widespread acceptance among manufacturers and undergone major technology revolution in the early 2000s. Today, manufacturers in a variety of industries adopt CNC locally and worldwide.
Liz Short, Ledyard High School
The purpose of this grant is for students in the special education classroom at Ledyard High School to create a business that can financially support their future life skills related field trips they will attend as a class. These trips will include going grocery shopping, visiting different job sites, and visiting different community based resources and programs.
“Flexible Seating for Story time or Anytime”
Heather Shipley - Gales Ferry School
The wobble stools will increase the students' attention span on the rug for story time, create a space for a group to listen to a recorded book for fluency and increase the student use of our computer catalog system for finding their own books.
“Conscious Discipline Summer Institute”
Barbara Heaney - Gales Ferry School
My objectives are twofold:This grant will help to develop skills that will help students learn how to manage strong emotions and improving the ability to create a safe, caring, joyful environment for students to flourish in. And in turn help them be available for learning. It isn’t until students are able to feel safe and cared for that they will be able to engage the cognitive part of their brain and become available for learning. It is no secret that students who come to school hungry, tired and worried find it difficult to learn. As a small example of this, there are years when I have had four kindergarten students who have a parent that is either stationed in another state (they are waiting for the end of the school year to move the family) or on long-term deployments. It is also not uncommon to have students who are in the foster care system or otherwise have unhealthy home situations. While I may not be able to address all aspects of the negative or traumatic logistics these students face, I am able to work to help provide nurturing, care, and connection. When students feel safe and loved, they are able to access the optimal state for learning. Being able to reflect on what is or isn’t working and how to improve upon it is a skill students must be taught. This is also the frame of mind that makes learning academics much easier and smoother.
“iPads to Enhance Small Group Instruction”
Jackie Flakus, Jen Hickey, Gina Venancio, Ledyard Center School
Our goal is for our students to gain independence and apply Literacy and Math skills taught. Small group instruction is important in meeting the needs of young learners. Having other engaging options, such as iPads, for students to practice skills independently will enable us to provide instruction in smaller groups. Differentiation and intervention are more easily implemented with alternative activities that students can engage in when they are not working directly with us. Another purpose of the iPads will be documenting independent student work through online portfolios. An example of this would be the SeeSaw app. As students complete independent work, they can be taught to take a photo with an iPad and post it to their individual online portfolio. The work can be looked at in the portfolio at times convenient to the teacher without disrupting the flow of teaching and learning. This would add a layer of accountability for the students. The portfolios can also be shared with families so they can see some of the things happening in the classroom.
“Continuing Technology for Visual Arts”
Marin Marciano, Kate Flanagan, Ledyard High School
Encourge students to discover their artistic side and prepare for a life after high school! "Every semester, we find more students coming in with digital drawings of artwork and we are confident this interest will not fade but in fact, grow more popular. The interest of graphic design, illustration, animation, game design and other digital art careers has been growing and will continue to give artists a platform to grow as successful artists who can make a living. The term “starving artist” is finally coming to an end because people in the art field are adapting. Ledyard High School needs to give our students the opportunity to adapt to our global community in order to prepare them for a successful career path. Whether students choose the path of Visual Arts or another career, the experience of learning how to visually present something, how to problem solve through use of digital materials, and how to showcase themselves as people, will be a useful skill to have." Student work can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z8Xvfh-MAE&index=8&list=PLC9ZVOgmfGh_D6-2c7KBjhmsCY5uN8uk0
“Gateway To Technology Begins at Ledyard Middle School”
Ledyard Education Advancement Foundation comitted to a $125,000 multi-year project to expand Ledyard High School’s Project Lead The Way (PLTW) pre-engineering program to Ledyard Middle School. PLTW provides teachers with the resources needed for rigorous and relevant project-based learning. Fundraising continues for phase three which will be determined after the middle school renovation project is completed.