Our Spring Initiatives:
Fifth Annual O’Neill’s 5k, In Memory of Annie Curtin
To Benefit the Norwalk Education Foundation
Sunday May 21, 11 A.M.
O’Neills Pub & Restaurant 93 North Main Street South Norwalk, CT
Steak out for Charity:
Order Flank Steak or Chicken on Mondays in March and donate $2 to NEF
3rd Annual Shark Tank:
Applications are now due March 17th
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.
SAT Prep Class:
DATE: April 29th
TIME: 10- 2:30pm
LOCATION: Norwalk High School
Registration information will be posted mid March
Teacher Mini- Grants:
Mini Grants are now being reviewed. Winners will be notified mid March.
NEF is proud to announce that we are bringing back teacher mini grants related to classroom innovation in all subject areas. NEF will be awarding upwards of $15,000 for proposals that foster hands-on learning experiences. Proposals of all types will be accepted, but special consideration will be given to proposals that deal with STEM and student emotional and social well-being.
1st Annual Excellence in Education Recognition:
The deadline to submit nominations is March 10th.
Date: April 27th
Location: Doubletree by Hilton , CT. Ave
The Norwalk Education Foundation in partnership with the Norwalk Federation of Teachers and Norwalk Public Schools plans to recognize Norwalk educators and excellence in education in each school in our district. Click below for more information.
Norwalk Education Foundation
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.