The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on four areas in the District’s seven schools.
Curricular Enhancement: Investing in creative ways to open minds and enhance knowledge while encouraging students to become lifelong learners
Equipment and Supplies: Inspiring innovation and discovery using cutting-edge tools and technology
Programs and Experiences: Generating a spirit of enthusiasm for learning by implementing thought-provoking programs and experiential learning opportunities
Professional Development: Challenging teachers to build their skill sets so they can offer fresh ideas and perspective in the classroom and beyond
Projects for the 2018-2019 school year:
Curriculum-Tied Elementary Enrichment for All K-5 Students And Classroom Libraries Upgrade
Enrichment programming that fosters the sense of ‘One District’ throughout the five, neighborhood elementary schools by enhancing classroom curriculum for all elementary school students. We will support the newly implemented Teachers College reading and writing curriculum by ensuring that all teachers’ classroom libraries are stocked with the requisite books. In addition, every elementary class will participate in a hands-on, interactive program where students deepen their knowledge in earth science, ecosystems, environmental awareness and life cycles by exploring the natural world.
"Through the generous support from the Foundation for Bedford Central Schools, each BCSD elementary school has been able to enrich the core curriculum through programs from the BOCES Center for Environmental Education. At BVES, each class engaged in an in-house presentation that connected to the science or social studies curriculum: Kindergarten/SAIL I - Trash Free Lunch; Grade 1/SAIL I - Insects Incredible Creatures; Grade 2/SAIL I & II - Crayfish; Grade 3/SAIL II - Nocturnal World of NY; Grade 4 - Native Americans; Grade 5/SAIL II - A, BEE, C's of the Honey Bee. A huge thank you to the Foundation for Bedford Central Schools for making these learning extensions possible."
Gina Smith, Principal, BVES, on the 2017-2018 elementary enrichment program
6th Grade Research-Skills Professional Development
Research skills can be more sufficiently honed during the early years of Middle School. The Foundation seeks to fund an exciting proposal which includes professional development for the full 6th-grade teaching team (15 teachers) targeting tools and methods for both developing and implementing a new interdisciplinary capstone project. Supporting and growing students’ research skills is the major rationale for 6th graders cross-disciplinary inquiry. Through consultant input, team project development will be outlined, created and reviewed with the overall objective that research skill-building is consistent across house teams and materials.
Capstone Projects for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at FLMS
We are working towards a Capstone Project for each year of middle school where students are challenged with a multi-subject, coordinated research project which builds an in-depth understanding of a specific topic across disciplines and culminates in a hands-on experience that brings ‘learning to life’. First year 2017-2018 7th Grade experiences included a tour of our State Capital and meeting with lawmakers as well as an immersive trip to a local museum capturing both river history and environmental challenges around water as a limited resource. Culminating experiences are targeted to both broaden context of study and promote further inquiry. Professional development in areas relating to collaborative teaching and learning across disciples, often through an outside consultant, builds team continuity and teaching effectiveness both inside and out of the classroom.
Best-in-Class College Prep at FLHS
College prep is critical in a highly selective college admissions process. As funding permits, the Foundation will continue to work with the Guidance Department to both increase access to college tours and create opportunities for students to build skills around resume writing, interviewing, and college entrance exam prep while also supporting the District’s college and career guidance counselors through formal college networking opportunities and professional training. In 2017-2018, with Foundation support, the Guidance Department was able to increase counselor access to college networking opportunities.