A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, The Ridgefield Education Foundation is a collection of citizens who believe that education is at the heart of our community. The REF is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents, local community leaders, Board of Education members, the Ridgefield Public Schools Superintendent, and teachers.
Improving Our Community
A real authentic experience for students. Access to industry analysis reports and recommendations were made to businesses in the community. Assisting local businesses with their
The Sunburst Digital company offers Wonder Workshop. This STEM based program, enhances K – 5 learners. Dash and Dot robots Dash and Dot robots provided
Library Learning Commons (LLC) is a resource center and hub of creativity and collaboration. The SRMS Makerspace is increasingly used for immersive, inquiry-based creation and
Nature lab’s goal provided access to natural history specimens that encourages curiosity and creative thinking. Hands-on access to the collection enabled students to make connections
A 3D printer, scanner and product material enhanced and supported STEM initiatives as the district prepares for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). STEM initiatives
Utilizing a STEAM-based program, ArchForKids offers projects to deepen students’ understanding of the world built around them via architecture, design, engineering and urban planning. A
Makerspace – a “do it yourself”, high energy community space for students and staff to collaborate and creative. Providing technology, equipment and materials it enhances
A collaboration with the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, CT, introduces a new writing program and assembly that builds student learning and critical thinking
Through movement, breath and mindfulness, students and teachers can cultivate a safe space in which to build a practice that supports the goals of 21st
By collaborating with The Prospector, a local non-profit dedicated to providing unique vocational training opportunities for adults with disabilities, Ridgefield Public Schools educateed the RPS
This unique partnership with Norwalk, Bridgeport and Ridgefield schools along with The Aldrich Museum resulted in school-museum-artist collaboration. Students working with with artists exploring ideas,
Enhancing social and verbal skills through technology, flip cameras recorded both structured and unstructured conversations of students.
Coding with a modern, fun twist. Gamestar, the popular student gamification website, promoted problem and critical thinking skills to build games.
The Vernier motion detector uses ultrasound to measure position, velocity and acceleration of moving objects. It can be connected to any computer to provide tables
Increasing student-student, student-teacher interaction using Skype. Skype is a digital video connection device for use on computers and smart phones.
Utilizing the SmartMusic app, students recorded, evaluated and submitted a recording to the teacher allowing online review, feedback and revised assignments. Students created a personalized
A curriculum targeted eBook collection that will allow teachers and students access to current e-titles when working in the library, classroom, computer lab or home.
Integrating lab stations with iPads that are connected to the Smart Board allowed for increasing classroom collaboration. Equipped with simulation and scientific software, the iPads,
Enhancing second grade fluency in reading and writing through iTouch. Utilizing all aspects of literacy; reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and enacting, students work through
The Veteran’s Park Elementary School Librarian created authors. After numerous author visits to VP, students were left wanting. Not enough exposure to the author, his
Yes. I want to enhance our community through educational advancements.