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news: Press Releases: 2013 February 19: Community Grant Awarded




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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Supports Technology-Based Literacy Program at Thomas A. Edison K-8 School in Boston


Boston, MA, February 19, 2013 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, awarded a Community Grant to Thomas A. Edison K-8 School for the purchase of iPads and literacy software for the lowest level English language learners in kindergarten. As part of the school’s Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) class curriculum, the iPads will be used in small group stations to help each student develop Math and English language skills at his/her specific language level.

Leslye Jones, Thomas A. Edison K-8 School SEI Teacher and grant applicant, said, “At our school, 37% of the population is categorized as English language learners, so our students’ individualized language needs are great. Having access to effective, often free software and online programs for English language learners will exponentially increase the resources available to us. We are grateful to the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation for awarding us this grant, so we will have the resources we need to help these children build critical literacy skills.”


Additionally, the Thomas A. Edison K-8 School plans to establish training sessions for its SEI instructors (specifically the kindergarten teachers) and provide peer support to instructors who want to try using iPads with their students. The school also plans to track and analyze the technology implementation in the hopes of sharing best practices, challenges and successes, and specific case studies.


According to Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., “Recent studies have shown that technology-based education has definitive benefits to student learning. In addition to improved accessibility to instruction and courses, technology allows for individualized instruction to a student’s level of understanding. Gifted and struggling students can advance at an individualized pace that does not leave them frustrated. We are delighted to support Thomas A. Edison K-8 School’s initiative that will incorporate this technology into the Sheltered English Instruction classroom.”


Created to support front-line educators who often do not have a voice in funding decisions, the Community Grants subsidize small, concrete projects, which will improve inner-city education within Boston, Hartford, London, Providence, New York, or Washington DC within


the coming year. The Foundation will generally consider grant applications monthly and award grants in an amount totaling not more than $2000 in any one month. The grant applications and an explanation of the program can be found at


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