2019 NCTA Grants
The NCTA rejoices in the successes of its members!
Below are examples of NCTA's 2019 Grant Recipients and information about their projects.
Noel Vigue of Milton High School:
- The NCTA awarded a grant to help fund a school/community presentation of a new film "Screenagers Next Chapter," Building Community to Support Emotional Well-Being. Over 250 attended the event.
Pauline Chaloff of Westwood High School:
- Our school has a Courageous Conversations program with the following mission: The Courageous Conversations program exposes students to diverse identities, voices, and cultural traditions and contributions, increases our cultural awareness and appreciation, and provides opportunities for dialogue and perspective-taking. The programs signal our commitment to engage in important civic and social conversations, even if messy and difficult, and to create a safer and more equitable community.
- As part of the Courageous Conversations program, we are undertaking a project to address the topic of immigration. The goal of this project is to increase student understanding and appreciation of diverse migration stories and to reflect upon their own backgrounds. Concretely, we are inviting “Suitcase Stories”, which is a “traveling live performance series that features foreign and U.S. born residents sharing refugee and immigrant stories” (https://iine.org/suitcase/). Some faculty members have made connections between the “Suitcase Stories” content and their own curricula regarding immigration. In addition to fitting in with our curricular offerings, this topic is relevant in our current political context replete with anti-immigrant rhetoric.
- Students and staff members who participated in the event were be expected to reflect upon their experiences through structured dialogues in classroom settings. Over 600 students attended the event.
Christine Walsh of Delaney Elementary School, Wrentham:
- Purchased two Osmo Genius Starter Kits for her grade-level, helping students with their math, writing, and reading through an engaging activity to help with student progress. The tech teacher is also be able to borrow them to use with Kindergarten through third grade tech classes. There are 105 students and 6 teachers in first grade that directly benefited from this.
Mary-Ellen D'Espinosa of Millis Middle School:
- Purchased 6 large magnetic coordinate planes for our classrooms. These large coordinate planes can be worked on in groups and then put on magnetic white boards in order thaclasses can discuss/compare/analyze the work of all the groups. All students in Grade 8 Mathematics will use these coordinate planes throughout the year.
Christin Brink, Special Educator of Martin E. Young Elementary School, Randolph:
- Created "Calm Down Kits" for each of the GROW classrooms. Thanks to this project, the students will have access to tools that will help them learn to regulate their emotions and behavior.
Jacqueline Walker of John F. Kennedy School, Holbrook:
- The school nurse, serving 680 pre-k - 5 students, created a health office library of books that are age and developmentally appropriate. Students do not have health education as part of their school day curriculum. The health office library is contained in a waiting area that is utilized by students for multiple purposes, thus increasing awareness, usability and exposure.