How does the Innovation Fund work?
Through an annual grant application process, teachers and faculty submit proposals to research and develop new innovative courses and programs that advance education and enhance school culture at Brookline High School. Proposals are vetted by a committee comprised of members of the BHS Innovation Fund’s Board of Directors and key BHS and PSB administrators.
Approved courses and programs are evaluated at established milestones (typically annually for three years). Successful programs are then integrated into the high school curriculum, while ongoing costs are taken over by the Town of Brookline.
Since 1998, the BHS Innovation Fund has launched 30+ programs, including:
Drawing for Understanding in Field Science
Engineering by Design
Engineering Innovation & Design*
EPIC (Experiential Project-based Innovative Capstone)
Film as History/History as Film
Perspectives of a Mathematical Mind
Racial Awareness Seminar
Social Justice Leadership Program
Foundations for Achievement
African-American and Latino Scholars Program
Arts Infusion Lab (ACE, Winthrop House, CBC)
BHS Writes/The Writing Center
Medical Interpretation and Translation
Finding Yourself in the Curriculum*
Ithaka Advisory Program
BHS Innovation Fund Fellowship*
Headmaster Action Plan/BHS Working Groups
Teachers Mentoring Teachers
“What School Could Be” with Ted Dintersmith*
* — Denotes a 2018-2019 school year new program, a one-time event, or a fellowship