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Save the Date

Thursday, April 23rd 


Shark Tank Winners 

School Project
Fox Run Outdoor Science Center
Wolfpit Garden Mural
Roton Band Room Organizer
West Rocks Calculators
Roton School Garden
West Rocks IPads
Roton Chrome Cases
BMHS Terra
NHS Cybears Robotics
BMHS Embroidery Club
NHS Bear Hugs


Teacher Mini Grants: Winter 2019 Winners






Maria McCool Tracey Engaging Reluctant Readers
Kimberly Hellthaler Tracey Fostering A Growth Mindset
Kevin Devine NHS Addition Machine Project
Michael Ferrari Ponus Chess
Kerry Rice Rowayton Let’s Table That
Jessica Stargardter Tracy and Cranbury Hear My Voice
Joe Giandurco Ponus Discover Circuit Extreme
Robin Gredinger & A. Deviejan,A Fox Run SEL
Erica Zirulnik BMHS Detectives in Training
Amanda DeMott Jefferson It All Stems From Here
Julie Hartley Ponus STEM-Computer Science Math Technology
Erin D’Elia Rowayton Steam in Stem
Melissa Petropoulos Rowayton Robotics in the Classroom
Jacqueliine DelliSanti BMHS ESL Classroom Library
Stephanie Peckham BMHS Outdoor Adventure for At-Risk and Disengaged Y
Arlette Johnson Jefferson School Wide Publishing
Alissa Daidone & Cristina Zangaglia Roton Bringing Stem to Theater






Norwalk Education Foundation

  • Mission

The Norwalk Education Foundation is committed to providing support for student learning experiences and enriching teacher practices.  Our mission is accomplished by collaborating with community partners to fund programs that enhance student learning, promote student well-being, and expand teacher resources and innovation.

  • Teacher Resources and Innovation

NEF offers teacher mini-grants to develop and implement instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn. Proposals must support unique classroom projects that enliven and enrich the curriculum.

  • Enhance Student Learning

The Shark Tank competition requires students to “sell” a proposal to enhance their school.  In the past, ideas have addressed academics, extra-curricular activities, social-emotional well being, physical health/nutrition and safety.  We awarded several thousand dollars to support 30 student proposals in the past 2 years.

  • Community Collaboration

The College Essay Mentor program began in 2015.   Teachers, administrators and volunteers from the community, were trained by a college essay consultant to coach high school seniors.  After the first year, an admissions officer from UCONN contacted Norwalk High School to say she has never read such great essays from Norwalk.

NEF partners with community organizations to host community outreach workshops.  This fall, we are hosting a College Admission Workshop and a Stress Management panel for teens and parents.

  • Student Social and Emotional Health

NEF’s newest initiative addresses the high levels of stress that research has identified as a major difficulty for adolescents. In 2015, we piloted a program to teach kids stress-reduction techniques like meditation. Based on the positive data collected through this pilot program, NEF plans to offer such workshops to all middle and high school students in the fall.  NEF also partners with Norwalk ACTS working with the Health and Wellness workgroup to bring mindful meditation to the high school students.

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