Innovation and creativity are integral components of the core beliefs of the Westport Public Schools and community at large. Our goal is to inspire the imaginations of our students, faculty, and staff to think out of the box and pursue new ideas that make a difference in the lives of our students and our work. We are looking to solve problems in new and better ways, and hope to see ideas that would not normally be considered part of our typical educational offerings and structures.
Innovation Fund grants are available to students, teachers and staff of the Westport Public Schools. For more information and to apply for a grant, go to: WPS Innovation Fund Grant Application. Grant applications for 2017-2018 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis awarded until the $50,000 Innovation Fund is depleted.
Funded Projects To-Date
Building Collaborative Practice through Technology
Using ipad and Swivl technology, elementary Literacy Coaches will record demo lessons, instruction and student discourse, to be used for sharing and reflecting on teaching and learning - by teachers and students.
Composers Workshop: A Musical Collaboration
American Composer, Sean O’Loughlin, will work with 6th-8th grade orchestra students to compose three separate pieces of music that will align with each grade’s curricular goals. Mr. O’Loughlin and students will meet in person, and skype throughout the process, culminating in a performance of the pieces in May. Students will write reflections about the process and its impact on them as musicians and human beings.
Saugatuck Story Festival- October 12-14, 2018
In partnership with the Westport Library, two Staples High School teachers will design a three day literary festival and writing conference inviting agitators, innovators, liberators, and world-makers to connect communities through story. This festival will exhibit the real-world application and implications of reading and writing for an authentic audience, giving students and community members the unique opportunity to engage with authors. We hope to offer an array of sessions and workshops with authors, both on the texts and on the process of writing; and an array of genres, beginning by tapping into local resources and writers. Our goal with this project is to transcend the walls of the high school and foster community conversations through a shared love of books and the written word. Students will be involved in the organization and running of the book festival, and every step of the process, through personalized learning opportunities.
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