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Joseph Estabrook Elementary School
117 Grove Street, Lexington, MA 02420


LEF Grants Awarded in 2017

  • Heather Kramer, Estabrook School K-5 Resource Teacher in the Therapeutic Learning Program, will complete the training and practicum required to achieve associate level certification in the Orton-Gillingham method, an approach to reading, writing, and spelling instruction that has proven effective in teaching dyslexic and struggling learners. She will use this approach with her own students as well as serving as a resource to other classroom and specialist teachers.

LEF 2016–2017 Grants


  • Karen McCarthy, LPS’ K-5 Science Coordinator, Estabrook 2nd grade teachers Amy Royal (a member of the Social Studies Curriculum Review Committee) and Lori Verity (a member of the Lexington Science Steering Committee), and Jane Hundley, LPS’ K-5 Social Studies Coordinator (whose participation is funded by LPS) will participate in an Earthwatch expedition in the Indian Himalayas, conducting research on how environmental change affects butterflies and bees. The program will give the teachers experience in the practice of scientific inquiry and strengthen their teaching of the Insect Investigations unit and the social studies unit on India.
  • Erin Affronti, Laurie Barnhart and Elizabeth Thompson, special education teachers, will attend the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s annual conference in Atlanta, GA. They will learn from national experts how to apply the principles of growth mindset – a belief that one can learn more and become smarter through hard work and perseverance – to strengthen struggling students’ motivation, self-confidence, resilience, and achievement.

School Community Grant

  • Environmental Learning through Composting. Estabrook will find outlets for the compost created in the school cafeteria, using this initiative as a means of educating students about being responsible stewards of the earth and living into Estabrook’s LEED Silver Certification.


LEF 2015–2016 Grants


  • Rachael Quebec, a 1st grade teacher, will participate in a professional development tour of China that explores Chinese education, history, and culture. She will bring her new knowledge to the 1st grade global community unit on China.
  • Kirsten Laicer, Ellen Silberman, Jesse Richardson, and Caroline St. Onge, 5th grade teachers, will attend the Columbia Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project’s Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing. The institute introduces a unique workshop model that has been shown to boost student motivation and skill development in writing.

Program Grants

  • Elementary Afterschool Robotics Curriculum: LHS will develop and pilot an afterschool robotics and engineering course at Estabrook. Through the acquisition of robotics kits, the development of curricula, and teacher training, this pilot will provide the basis for independently run, sustainable robotics programs at every elementary school in the LPS.

School Community Grant

  • Estabrook Elementary School used its 2014–2015 School Community Grant to engage a leading authority on children’s psychology to build understanding of and sound approaches to the areas of autism and mental health, in order to help all students succeed a school setting.


LEF 2014–2015 Grants


  • Strengthening Writing Instruction for English Language Learners: Estabrook’s ELL teacher attended a summer Writing Institute at Columbia Teacher’s College to learn how to use the Writer’s Workshop Model to improve the writing skills of English language learners.

Program Grant

  • People on the Move: Immigration to America Past and Present: New York City presents a rich environment in which to explore our nation’s immigration history and present-day realities. Elementary teachers visited selected sites to deepen their knowledge of the subject, then created and implemented a 4th grade curriculum on the American immigrant experience at all six elementary schools.
  • Addressing Homeless Students’ Achievement Gap: To help close homeless students’ achievement gap in math and literacy, teachers provided them with iPads loaded with apps selected to address each child’s educational needs. The teachers guided the students and their families in the effective use of this technology.
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Science Curriculum Development: Classroom teachers, math and literacy specialists, and the LPS K–5 Science Curriculum Coordinator identified curriculum integration models and project-based learning experiences that incorporate the LEED features of the new Estabrook School and support the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

School Community Grant

  • Celebrating the “New” Estabrook School: Estabrook’s 2013–2014 School Community Grant supported the development and implementation of the LEED science curriculum, the engagement of an artist-in-residence to compose and teach a new school song, the framing of students’ paper mosaic collages, the framing of historical photos and memorabilia of Estabrook School 1961–2013, and participation of Estabrook staff at the Annual School Recycling Conference.