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Shark Tank

Norwalk Education Foundation
Classroom Innovation Grants a la Shark  Tank 

The deadline for Shark Tank submissions has passed. Everyone who has submitted a proposal has been sent an email confirmation. The finalists will be notified and  judged on Tuesday, March 31st at 7:15 at the Music Theatre of CT.



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3rd Annual Community Spelling Bee 

Thursday, April 9th


We are thrilled to host our 3rd Annual Community Spelling Bee along with Norwalk Early Childhood Council on Thursday April 9th.

The Spelling Bee is designed to celebrate learning while raising awareness and support for our programs and initiatives. It will be an evening of lively and exciting competition amongst friends, family and neighbors! We hope that you will be willing to support this event in one or more ways:

  • Sponsor a team of 3 individuals to represent your organization and compete in the Bee.
  • Make a financial contribution as a “sponsor” of the event.
  • Donate an in-kind item to be used as a prize.
  • Rally a team of 3 together to compete.

We look forward to seeing you at the “Bee”!

2015 Spelling Bee Study Guide A-M

2015 Spelling Bee Study Guide N-Z

SB 2015 Letter

SB 2015 Overview

SB 2015 Sponsorship Form

SB 2015 FAQ

SB 2015 Entry Form




At the Norwalk Education Foundation, we work to address gaps in education by offering supplemental programming which will strengthen outcomes for all students.

Norwalk is rich in cultural diversity and also challenged by the diverse needs of our students.  Many children thrive, graduate from high school and go onto college or an alternative training. Yet 50% of children are not kindergarten ready and do not read fluently by 3rd grade.

It is the work of the Norwalk Education Foundation, partnering with Norwalk Public Schools, to address inequities in education and level the playing field for all children.

To do so, NEF supports excellence and innovation in Norwalk Public Schools. We impact students, teachers and families:

  • Classroom Excellence and Innovation: NEF funded twelve school projects this year alone. Whether it’s hands on experience as broadcast journalists, forensic scientists or presenters for “Shark Tank” competition, these funds spark learning.
  • College and Career Readiness:  NEF has launched a College Mentor Program to assist students in the college application process. This is a first step toward a more formal college readiness program.
  • Community Outreach:  NEF convenes parents, students, community members and the school system for discussions on topics like College Planning and Common Core State Standards.
  • Technology Education:  NEF funds 23 Tech Coaches in all 19 schools who receive training which they bring back to their respective schools so that all teachers can provide the most up-to-date instruction.
  • Math Coaches: Using NEF’s Teachers training Teachers model, NEF is providing math coaching to Norwalk teachers and enrichment to parents. As a result, Norwalk Public Schools is ahead of other districts in Common Core implementation.

Your contribution can make a difference to the 11,000 children in Norwalk Public Schools.

Norwalk thrives when public education works for our children. We hope every family can donate $10 or more.

With sincere appreciation for your support of NEF’s work,

Elizabeth Reid                           Kelly Giordano                          Gloria Tenofsky

Chairperson                              Vice Chairperson                       Executive Director


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