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Gifford Faculty Innovation Awards

The Albany Academies have selected five faculty members to receive Gifford Faculty Innovation Awards
for the 2021-2022 academic year. These awards fund the design of educational experiences that transcend
the regular school curriculum. 
 
The following teachers have received awards of up to $10,000 to be used in support of their innovative proposals, made possible through a generous legacy gift from Robert L. Gifford, Class of 1940.

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2021 Innovation Award Recipients

Bob Bischoff P'15, Mathematics Department Chair, Human Ecology teacher, and Environmental Club leader proposes to repurpose the Bilinski Courtyard in the Borisenok Family Science Center to create a “living lab” in support of hands-on ecology projects such as beekeeping, aquaponics, solar power, and gardening.
Elizabeth DiNuzzo, English Department Chair proposes to create a class set of young adult literature with themes that represent the diverse dimensions of identity formation. These books will be used in instructional units that allow students to explore their own identity and identities with which they are not familiar.
Tim Fitzmaurice P'34, Upper School English teacher proposes to reimagine, research, design, and launch a student-led writing center with trained peer editors.
Meaghan See, First Grade teacher proposes to develop an indoor play and sensory space for lower school students with a focus on gross and fine muscle development and sensory play and integration. 
Matthew Essery P'25, Science Department Chair, and John McNally and Emer Taylor P'25, '31, science teachers propose using school-based and regional water sampling to provide students hands-on field experiences that prioritize data collection and analysis and the study of long-term data sets.

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