Individuals, families, alumni, community organizations, businesses, and private foundations can make contributions to the BAEF to support programs and initiatives in areas like those listed below. Community resources are critical to helping all students become productive citizens and lifelong learners in our technologically demanding and culturally diverse society. Current and future programs will utilize innovative curriculum delivery, involve major revisions to curriculum and enhance academic and community connections. YOU can be part of this exciting movement with your financial contribution. Here's what YOU'LL be supporting...
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY (PLTW)
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science - The Bethlehem Area School District will introduce the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program in the 2015/2016 school year. The rigorous and relevant four-course Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.
Field trips make the curriculum come alive for students. With the BAEF's support, the BASD is in the multi-year process of establishing curriculum-based field trips for each elementary grade (approximately 1,000 students per grade). The two-hour field trip titled, Forging History and Community in Bethlehem will take BASD 5th graders to the Steel Stacks Campus to reinforce class concepts related to our nation's/city's industrial heritage as well as instill a new generation's pride in their city. The interaction among the students, teachers, and organizations so closely associated with the past and present of the city will promote a "common bond" among diverse populations of Bethlehem.
Teacher Innovation and Service-Learning Grants
In an effort to expand the opportunity for teachers the Bethlehem Area Education Foundation provides opportunities for to fund innovative and service-learning projects.
Teacher Innovation Grants are available to Bethlehem Area School District teachers to implement an innovative project, initiative, teaching strategy, technology application or other effort providing measurable educational outcomes for students. The purpose of this grant program is to enhance student learning and student interest in learning by providing educators an opportunity to exercise their passion for teaching, develop their ideas, partner with colleagues and connect with the wealth of knowledge, expertise and talent within the district and the community.
Service-learning Grants are available to Bethlehem Area School District teachers to implement high-quality service-learning projects. Service-learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects that engage students socially, civically and academically. A high-quality service-learning experience combines meaningful service with in-depth learning. Service-learning begins with classroom content and moves into the community through the planning and implementation of a service-project.
THE LEADER IN ME
The "Leader in Me" is an innovative, school wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child's full potential. Currently, three BASD elementary schools have implemented "Leader in Me" with outstanding results. There are thirteen more schools that would potentially want to integrate the program. The Bethlehem Area Education foundation has received requests from local businesses wanting to support this program through EITC funding. This is an important program in the Bethlehem Area School District "Roadmap to Excellence" providing the opportunity for personal skill development and fostering positive relationships throughout the schools.
ARTS AND INSTRUMENTAL GRANTS
A designated fund to support arts enrichment within the Bethlehem Area School District that provides directed grants for focused impact.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP GRANTS
Many nonprofit organizations and businesses in the Bethlehem area have resources to supplement the curriculum of Kindergarten - 12 grades through collaborative programs, projects and community initiatives. These programs may include advanced academic subjects, career education and the personal development of students at all grade levels. Grants will be available to community organizations and businesses to partner with students and teachers in an effort to expand the knowledge, skill and positive attitude of students through these community partnerships. Activities will include mentoring, community exploration, extensive use of community based organizational resources in all academic areas including the arts.