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Needham High School receives $111,500 grant for interdisciplinary learning

Posted by Evan Allen  November 20, 2012 12:21 PM

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Needham High School received a $111,500 start-up grant from the Needham Education Foundation to fund a pilot program in interdisciplinary learning.

The grant was awarded last week, and the program will begin in fall 2013. It is the largest grant ever awarded in the Foundation’s 22-year history, according to a Foundation press release.

“This is a very exciting advance that will have a profound impact not only on our students, but also on Needham’s standing as one of the state’s premier school districts,” said Superintendent Daniel Gutekanst in the press release.

The interdisciplinary course was developed by Needham High educators in collaboration with the Foundation, according to the release. It will help students learn to make connections between disciplines and develop problem-solving skills.

“Students who take the course will gain valuable skills in the cross-disciplinary thinking that is expected in top colleges – and that is crucial for success in so many academic and professional endeavors,” said Needham High School Principal Jonathan Pizzi in the release.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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