Become a Resource to Enhance Learning
If you are interested in supporting the Business Coalition’s initiative to support the Newburyport School System by providing Authentic Learning related opportunities please contact us. Please complete this form and email it to the NEF Business coalition NEFBusinessCoalition@NewburyportEF.org or print and send to
Newburyport Education Foundation
P.O. Box 1002
Newburyport, MA 01950.
If you would like to learn about the Business Coalition Advisory Council and how it supports this initiative and what it involves in providing advice on key areas of interest, curriculum and programs contact NEFBusinessCoalition@NewburyportEF.org.
Guest Speakers are requested by teaches at all grade levels to enhance what students are learning in their classroom. Speakers provide an independent perspective on topics that are authentic to them and connect to what is being taught.
Newburyport High School students participate in a career development curriculum. This begins as freshman, when students complete career interest inventories. In the past, sophomores at NHS have attended a regional one-day speaker series. Sophomores also have an opportunity to hear community members from various professions speak about their careers. Speakers are chosen based on the interests students identified in their career interest inventories (as freshman), as well as a questionnaire distributed during designated classes.
Teachers have the opportunity to spend time working on a project or in a temporary position on a business or organization during the summer and develop or refine lesson plans based on their actual experience.
A high school student spends a portion of the day with an individual in a local business or organization to gain insight into what in might be like to work in such a company or organization. Frequently, they enhance their presentation skills by reporting back to the class about the experience.
The goal of the annual Book Bag Program is to encourage elementary school children to read at home. This is achieved by providing bags filled with books to elementary school children who then take them home and read with their families. The EBC donated funds to enable teachers to fill a bag with “just right” books aligned to the students’ independent reading levels. Children were allowed to take the bags home for one-week periods. This program is one of the longest running EBC programs and remains very popular with both teachers and elementary school children. Co-Chairs: Angela Bik, Director of Curriculum, Newburyport Public Schools and Kristina Davis, Principal, F.T. Bresnahan Elementary School
“Tech Club” engages students in learning more about real-world computer issues. Students research and order parts for computers they assemble themselves. Finished computers are then deployed for use in the schools.
In 2010-2011, Tech Club met twice a week throughout the school year, with either School Technology Operations Manager Don Skane or club adviser Mike Morse. On Tuesdays, the club met in the classroom environment to discuss technology – its past, present, and future. These meetings also included the assembling of computers. Students participated in choosing the components for the new computers. During the Tuesday meetings the students learned: all the components of the computers and their operations; how to install various operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows 7, FreeBSD, and different distributions of Linux; how to setup a network with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, FreeBSD, and different distributions of Linux; basic repair and maintenance of computers.
This year, Tech Club used the EBC financing for the last two years to assemble 27 new high end computers to replace the machines in the computer lab (Room 245) at the High School. These computers will be used for C.A.D. classes as well as web design and animation classes. The computers that have been replaced will be moved to the graphics arts lab to provide those classes with an upgrade. Fridays of each week were dedicated to LAN gaming using computers to develop a team atmosphere and collaborative skills
Career Speaker Series
Newburyport High School (NHS) students take part in a career development curriculum. This begins as freshman, when students complete career interest inventories. In the past, sophomores at NHS have attended a regional one-day speaker series at Northern Essex Community College. In order to connect the career exploration process more clearly to the curriculum and the community, this year we replaced the Northern Essex program with a Speaker Series. Sophomores had an opportunity to hear community members from various professions speak about their careers. Speakers were chosen based on the interests students identified in their career interest inventories (as freshman), as well as a questionnaire distributed during PE class.
Common comments from participants included: “The presenter really helped me understand the career field better” and “I learned a lot from the presenter and have decided not to go into this field”. During the sophomore year students also begin to consider their educational and career choices for after high school and determine what path they’d like to pursue.
For more information, contact us at NEFBusinessCoalition@NewburyportEF.org.