New Clark Teachers Learn How To Seek Grants

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First year teachers Christina Romao, Jenna Stafford, and Jennifer Kelleher listen intently as Mathematics Supervisor Ed Grande and Elementary Supervisor Janeen Allmendinger share ideas and strategies for grant writing. Frank K. Hehnly School Principal Shirley Bergin is in the foreground. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — A special induction meeting was recently held for first year Clark teachers on strategies and techniques for writing successful grant proposals.

The meeting was facilitated by five administrators: Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Vince Caputo, Frank K. Hehnly School Principal Shirley Bergin, Mathematics Supervisor Ed Grande, and Elementary Supervisor Janeen Allmendinger.

Knops commenced the meeting by discussing the value of grant writing as a resource for obtaining revenues other than local taxes, funding innovative instructional programs, and bringing recognition to staff, programs of instruction, and the Clark Schools as a whole. He continued with a presentation on grant writing do’s and don’ts, highlighting the need to be specific and concise; all the while highlighting an innovative vehicle for delivering the curriculum.

Caputo and Bergin highlighted the Clark Education Fund and the opportunities the local foundation offered to district teachers. Applications and techniques for submitting successful mini-grants through this Fund were discussed and shared.

The two supervisors, Ed Grande and Janeen Allmendinger, shared their past successes with grant writing and shared the programs they had launched through grant monies. Grande discussed mathematics software he had obtained and an inter-school project he created with Legos. Allmendinger shared a number of successful innovations she had funded through grant monies in her prior district, including a Creativity Fair, primary source interview of the history of Morris Plains, intergenerational programs, and electronic portfolios.

Knops concluded the meeting by commending the first year teachers on their successful induction into the school community over the first month of the school year, their fine performances at Back to School Night, and his belief in the abilities and creativity of the new teacher cohort and their abilities to develop innovative vehicles for delivering the grade and subject matter curriculum.

 


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