At the October 20 Board of Education meeting, trustees accepted a $75K grant to provide all 479 K-12 teachers in the Mamaroneck Union Free School District (MUFSD) with a comprehensive technology kit to enhance the delivery of in-person, blended, and full-remote synchronous instruction. The grant, together with District funding, provides technology kits consisting of a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet, a 22-inch secondary touchscreen display, document camera, headset with mic, cables, and stylus. The kits can be easily transported and used by teachers both at school and remotely.
“Providing all teachers with a standardized technology kit will ensure consistency and continuity of instruction under the current educational plan and maintain quality teaching and learning in the event that the public health crisis requires us to transition to full remote instruction. Mamaroneck Schools Foundation and the District are like-minded in our forward-thinking philosophies around the use of technology and the opportunities technology offers in meeting today’s education challenges,” MUFSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert Shaps, said.
The technology kits will not only assist with immediate challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also will enhance the District’s new delivery model for instructional technology for years to come. District technology coaches will provide ongoing professional development and training to support daily instruction; staff use of the same devices will result in more efficient professional learning, without having to account for a variety of platforms.
“These kits will allow for flexibility in instruction. Teachers will have a seamless experience with access to everything they need to deliver engaging lessons regardless of the instructional model - full, hybrid, or remote,” said Secondary Instructional Technology Coach Michael Sammartano. “Additionally, these kits will allow for teachers to be more mobile, and nimble in the future, less tied to any one physical space.”
Last month, MSF provided a grant of more than $27K to fund the purchase and implementation of the Pearson DALSplus System, a program that provides validated tele-assessment tools for the evaluation of District students with disabilities in the District. Dr. Nora Mazzone, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services, says the new tele-assessment tools will be used by special education teachers, school psychologists, speech and language therapists and student support service administrators in the District to help broaden the District’s assessment toolbox in exciting ways.
Mamaroneck Board of Education President Rina Beder thanked the Foundation for the grants and for its longstanding support of the District. “This important partnership between the District and Mamaroneck Schools Foundation enables us to conduct and expand upon so many efforts directly aligned with District goals. The Foundation’s grants positively impact every student in this District.”
Mamaroneck Schools Foundation President Jackie Emmet said, “With the community’s generous support, MSF is thrilled to be able to accelerate immediate district-wide initiatives that enhance instruction during the pandemic as well as continue our tradition of awarding innovative and impactful grants to our teachers and staff.”
The Mamaroneck Schools Foundation has awarded 488 grants totaling more than $4.6 million since 1996.