Who We Are
The NEF is a nonprofit organization that raises funds and community awareness to enhance the quality of public education in our community. The NEF is made up of people like you who believe the best way to invest in our community is through a great education. Funds raised by the NEF go directly to funding experiences, learning environments, and materials that amplify teaching and learning and help prepare Newburyport’s students for the future.
2017 Campaign – District Wide STEM Initiative
Over 50% of the fast growing jobs in the U.S. are math, science or technology based.” ~ National Math & Science Initiative
The Newburyport Education Foundation is raising funds to enhance interactive STEM education for our students throughout all grades. The purpose of the initiative is to build an environment that allows for inquiry and project based, hands-on learning around STEM topics, and that cultivates creative and flexible “thinkers and doers.”
The Newburyport Public Schools are in the process of transforming instruction in grades K-8 to meet the new Science Technology/Engineering Learning Standards recently adopted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The NEF will support and accelerate the implementation of the new curricula by providing tools and materials needed. When a new literacy curriculum was adopted several years ago, the NEF was able to accelerate its adoption by providing the leveled reading materials needed for the kinds of innovative reading and writing activities teachers were eager to have students engage in. Similarly, by providing well-equipped spaces with tools of science, we hope to give teachers and students the infrastructure need to support inquiry, experimentation, “making,” and “doing.”
What Success Looks Like
· There is a seamless progression throughout each school’s STEM instruction and environment from grades K-12.
· For students in grades K-5, STEM instruction and experimentation are in a specialized STEM Lab as well as with being integrated into the classroom.
· At the middle school, STEM studies are integrated into place-based learning expeditions with students being introduced to robotics, 3-D printing and real world design.
· For all high school students, STEM skills are applied in multidisciplinary course work that has been created to allow for flexible learning.
To learn more about the NEF, our special events, how to donate or volunteer with the organization, or our programming through the Business Coalition, visit our website at www.newburyportef.org