The PTSO is looking for a parent volunteer to be a liaison with the Newton Schools Foundation (NSF). The time commitment is minimal, but the impact can be significant. The position provides an opportunity to better understand NSF initiatives and projects that Newton South may benefit from and support.
The NSF funds grants to the Newton Public Schools that support professional development for educators, new approaches in the classroom, and programs that address both racial and income inequities. Their mission is to advance excellence in the Newton Public Schools.
NSF programs like “Newton Inspires” and “Honor Thy Teacher”, fund initiatives that impact schools at all education levels. Newton South has benefited withThe DaVinci Program, which enables students to build skills through student-driven learning; AP US History Summer Academy, which engages rising juniors of color with structured academic support to help them succeed in AP US History; Beyond The Classroom, a professional development conference that helps international trip leaders craft meaningful and engaging international learning experiences for students; and district-wide programs like Positivity Training, Teachers as Scholars, and Families Organizing for Racial Justice. NSF has more recently funded programs that address our unique times with the purchase last spring of Chromebooks for distribution district-wide for those in need of a device for remote learning, and this past summer’s National Educator Anti-Racist Conference, a program initiated and implemented by Joana Chacon, a Newton South English teacher.