Best Bet

Our Signature Program Best Bet is the signature program of the Peabody Education Foundation. Each year it provides grants to teachers at all grade levels for programs and materials that are outside of the traditional school budget.

2018-2019 Best Bet Recipients 

Thank you to all the teachers and faculty who submitted a Best Bet application for the 2018-2019 school year! This year, we received 72 applications totaling $66,457 and we are proud to be funding 38 of those programs for a total of $37,841! The programs were chosen based on three categories: innovation, educational objective, and financial impact. Each year, the PEF aims to fund as many programs as possible through the generous donations of our community and business leaders. To make a donation to help fund future innovative programs for our Peabody Schools, visit  http://www.peabodyedfoundation.org/contribute/

  • Peabody Essex Museum: American and Salem Collections
  • Weather: Wind, Water and Temperature
  • Geology: Rock Detectives
  • Motion, Forces, and Energy
  • Robotics Battle Bot
  • Cluster Time Enrichment Activities
  • Forensic Science
  • #WhatLiftsPVMHS – Kelsey Montague Inspired Murals
  • Tanner to Tanner
  • Marty Kelley Author Presentation
  • Snow Shoes Program
  • Loom Knitting
  • Code: The Newest Language Spoken at Welch School
  • STEM Learning
  • 7th Grade Outdoor Classroom Learning Project
  • Engineering and Erosion
  • Welch School Birthday Books
  • ACCESS Crafters
  • Curious Creatures Make Writing Come Alive
  • Substance Abuse Awareness
  • Beams, Bridges & Columns
  • Book Club: Alienation and Identity
  • Engineer a Coaster Activity Kit with Standup Magnetic Write and Wipe Board
  • Mass Poetry In-School Student Day of Poetry
  • Pear Deck
  • Motion, Forces, and Energy
  • The Whalemobile
  • Engineer It! Power to Production
  • Paul Revere Midnight Ride
  • Magnification of Learning Illumination
  • Breakout Edu
  • “The Observer” Student Literary Magazine
  • Higgins Innovation and Learning Lab (HILL)
  • Teaching Exercise Science & Anatomy Students How to Take & Read ECGs
  • Number Talks Whole Number Computation and supplements
  • Bringing Learning to Life

Program Breakdown
by School:

 

Brown

Center

Welch

PVMHS

Burke

West

District (Gr. 5)

Community HS

South

Higgins

Higgins Green Screen Studio

Building off of a previous Best Bet grant, Librarian Sudi Smoller was looking to transform a study room off the library into a Green Screen Studio. The studio would be used to help students develop their media production skills and also gave the students a space to complete video assignments for their classes.

The Peabody Education Foundation funded this creative studio and was able to see it live in action during a visit to the middle school. While we were there, Higgins students demonstrated how their Green Screen Studio works by creating a short ‘Safari’ themed video.

Peabody Learning Academy Music/Guitars

The Peabody Education Foundations Best Bet program funded Music/Guitar lessons at the Peabody Learning Academy. This program is an elective offered to students and is one of the first music/art classes at the school! Math and Science teacher, Kevin Tanglis, requested 5 guitars for his students to help provide a creative outlet during their day.  Because many of the classes at PLA are taken online, the guitars offer a great way for students to express their creative side and allows for a hands-on learning approach. This program combined music theory along with guitar lessons to help the students grow creatively. Thank you to Kevin Tanglis for this great idea!

SkyDome Planetarium 

The SkyDome Planetarium was requested by Cindy Littlefield at the Welch School. This program incorporated a portable, inflatable planetarium that could accommodate up to ninety students at a time. The students entered and took part in a 45 minute journey through the universe. There was a navigator who guided the students through the stars which were exactly how they appeared on the presentation day. The students learned about all of the stars and constellations as well as how to identify them in the sky. They were also able to see the sky during different seasons from different global perspectives. Thank you Cindy for this great experience!

The Birthday Book Program

One of the awarded Best Bet programs in 2017 was ‘The Birthday Books Program’. Kara Migliozzi and Jill Holden suggested the idea that on a child’s birthday, they could pick out their own book from the case and keep it forever.

“So many of the children at our school come from homes where books are not readily available…The goal of the Birthday Books Program is to help the children and families see books as valuable treasures, treats that can be enjoyed as presents and shared with the entire family. The Birthday Book Program hopes to foster a love of reading and books, promote family time together and help families to realize the importance of having books in the home to read again and again.”

Thank you to both Kara and Jill for making this idea come to life!

I just wanted to once again thank you for everything related to the Best Bet Grant. The students had a great time building and racing (when the sun cooperated) their solar cars! Danielle McLaughlin

Higgins Middle school

Funded Best Bet Programs

2017 Awarded Best Bet Grants

Brown School

  • Salem Sound Coast Watch: Watershed Ecology
  • Outdoor Science with Joppa Flats
  • At Home in Salem/American Collections
  • Jway Hopscotch Game
  • Beams, Bridges & Columns
  • Books for Classroom Guidance
  • Just Right Books for Students

Burke School

  • Freedom Trail: Cafetorium Style!

Carroll School

  • Tide Pool Alive
  • Theaterworks USA: Dragons Love Tacos and other stories
  • New England Aquarium
  • Story Grammar Marker Kit

Center School

  • Kindle for Kids Bundle
  • Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

McCarthy School

  • Wiggles and Giggles Exercise Program
  • A Guided Discovery of Electromagnetism

South School

  • Webber Articulation Cards and Fun Sheets

Welch School

  • Welch School Birthday Books
  • Contact: The Magic of Communication
  • Weather: Wind, Water, and Temperature
  • Electromagnetism
  • SkyDome Planetarium
  • Backpackin It
  • Curious Creatures Make Writing Come Alive
  • Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride

West School

  • Young Authors Day

District-Wide (Grade 5)

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Higgins Middle School

  • Enhancing Our Green Screen Production Studio
  • Mythmasters
  • We Video
  • Higgins Helping Hawks Student Mentoring Program
  • 7th Grade outdoor Classroom Learning Project
  • Collaborative Learning through Breakout EDU
  • Exploring the World in Three Dimensions: Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Peabody Community High School

  • Littlest Tanners Community Project

Peabody Learning Academy

  • PLA Music/Guitar

PVMHS

  • Classroom Lending Library
  • Junior Scholastic
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Spectroscopes for the classroom
  • Other Voices Book Club
  • First Aid & CPR/AED Certification Program
  • International Culinary Delight: Foreign Language and Culinary Arts
  • Little Tanners Lending Library
2015 Awarded Best Bet Grants

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Peabody Essex Museum – American/Salem Collections

Unifix Color Coded Sentence Building Kit

Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song

Nye, oh Nye! That’s some super science

Fractions for 3rd Graders

Tide Pool Alive

Chris Brown Presents: Click, Clack, Moo

Accelerated Reader

Higgins Helping Hawks Student Mentoring Program

Equestrian Connection

Expanding Expression Tool, 2nd Edition (EET)

The Diary of Anne Frank

5th Annual Higgins Spelling Bee and Online Visual Thesaurus Dictionary

Informational Text Research Using Newsela

Touch-Typing Awards

Bamidele Dancers and Drummers

A Guided Discovery of Electromagnetism

Techsploration

Windows on Wildlife

Sensory Diet Materials

Creating a Kinesthetic Classroom

Math Masters

DIG-IT High Touch High Tech

Dig into Dinosaurs

Jeff Danger, Science Ranger’s Physical Science Show

Tidepool Adaptions

Motion Force and Work

Grade 1 Take Home Book Package

High Touch High Tech

2016 Awarded Best Bet Grants

MICCA Concert Festival

Girl Power

Peabody Essex Museum: American/Salem Collections

New England Aquarium Field Trip

Study Buddies – Fairy Tale Friends

Think Social with Social Thinking and Brain Gym

Fine & Gross Motor Materials

Macaroni Soup! Active Music for Kids

Higgins Helping Hawks Student Mentoring Program

No Bullying: Stand Up, Step In

Transitional Partners Program

Wiggles and Giggles

Social Thinking

Higgins Library Expands Hour of Code Activities with Sphero Spark Robots

Headsprout

Yoko Kawashima Watkins Presentation

Music for the Mind

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Sound Waves by Discovery Museum’s Traveling Field Trips

Downloadable Collection Kick-Off

Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

Forces in Motion

Drama Festival 2017 Artist-in-Residence

Tide Pool Alive

Lunar Exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum

Paul Revere Midnight Ride

Welch School Birthday Books

2nd and 3rd Grade Milestones Program

Choices for the Choices Program

Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

LEGO Engineering Concepts

TenMarks

Wolf Hollow

Theaterworks USA Field Trip: Miss Nelson is Missing

Hands-On Math Centers

Uprising on King Street: Boston Massacre

Animal Adventures

Tide Pool Alive

Book Clubs

Let’s Get Moving Numbers Kit

Engineering and Erosion

A Guided Discovery of Electromagnetism

2014 Awarded Best Bet Grants

Wonderful World of Raptors

Peabody Essex Museum American/Salem Collections

Social Thinking Curriculum

Class Set of Hands-On Equations for Teacher and Thirty Students

Forensic Science Studies

Creature Features

Read About Math Learning Centers – Complete Set

Hands-On Science

Nudging the Imagination

Windows on Wildlife: Adaptions Program

Fraction Problem Solving

Tide Pool Alive!

Fit Girls

Science from Scientist’s Science Theater

Accelerated Reader

Seussical, Theatreworks USA

Kestrel Educational Adventures

4th Annual Higgins Spelling Bee & Online Visual Thesaurus Dictionary

Award-winning children’s author James M Deem Visits with the Panthers

Higgins Helping Hawks Student-to-Student Mentoring

REACH Program Painting Class

MathsAmazing

Meeting with History – Yoko Kawashima Watkins

The Poetry Company

Higgins Student IT Help Desk

News-2-You (online subscription)

Phonological Awareness Chipper Chat

Curious Creatures Kid Zoo

Electromagnetism

Discovery Museum

Life Cycle of a Raptor

Brazilian Dance & Drum with Gregory Coles

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Special Effects Makeup Hands On Class

Social Studies 4th Grade Curriculum

Social Studies – Travels Across America’s Past

Brain Pop Jr.

Literature Based Learning Centers

Sensory Diet Materials

Literacy Alive! Celebrating Reading with Robert Rivest

Join In – Multi-Cultural Folktales and Legends

Seeds and Plants

Animal Adaptions

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Tour

Life in the 17th Century and At Home in Salem 1785-1820

Tidepools Alive

Mad Science: An “Edutaining” Performance

ThinkTank: Numbersense & Problem Solving

Visit from author Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Peabody Education Foundation

The Peabody Education Foundation provides unique programs and advanced technology to thousands of students and teachers who might otherwise not enjoy such experiences due to budget constraints.