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Norwalk Education Foundation
Classroom Innovation Grants a la Shark Tank


Attention Norwalk Public Schools:

The Norwalk Education Foundation is matching a $1500 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to support student ideas for their school.

Here’s how it works:

  •  Students may work alone or with a group. Must have a staff champion from their school.
  •  Ideas must enhance their school. Ideas should address one or more of the following academics, extra­curricular activities, social­emotional well being, physical health/nutrition or safety.
  • Proposals which can be sustained after the NEF funding period will be given priority.
  •  Proposals are due by Feb. 26th
  • An NEF committee will review proposals and select finalists to present Shark Tank style to a group of community, education and business leaders in mid March.
  •  Project budgets should not exceed $500.
  • Funding will be provided by end of March.


Free SAT Prep Class Starts Feb. 5th, for qualifying High School Juniors

The Norwalk Education Foundation is working with an outside organization, Let’s Get Ready, to offer free SAT prep to students who qualify. Priority will be given to students who can demonstrate economic need as well as those who are first generation applying to college.

Classes will be held at Norwalk High School, beginning Feb. 5th, ending April 30th. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 -8:30pm. Students from any of the High Schools in Norwalk are eligible to apply.

Click for More Information on How to Apply

Contact Nora Walsh-Devries: nwalshdevries@letsgetready.org


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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