Leaping into Learning

Laura McDonnell and Lisa Fenn at 2011 at Innovative Education Formum


Lisa Fenn and Laura McDonnell, first grade teachers at Roaring Brook School, were the only teachers from Connecticut selected in 2011 as second round finalists for the Microsoft Partners in Learning US Innovative Education Forum. They were selected for their “Leaping into Learning” project which started with a 2008 grant from the the Avon Education Foundation. This is a 4-week lesson in scientific inquiry for first graders that investigates the frog life cycle filling a void in the science curriculum and promoting cooperation between the two K through grade 4 schools in Avon.