Faculty Fellowships and Grants
Each year, the Westridge Research Initiative (WRI) offers faculty fellowships and grant opportunities.
Westridge Research Initiative Fellowship
- The Westridge Research Initiative Fellow engages in a project which incorporates both personal professional growth and service to the school community. The most recent WRI Fellow, Middle & Upper School Science Teacher Rob Greene, focused on expanding experiential outdoor education programming at Westridge, researching and developing new opportunities to integrate outdoor education into Westridge’s curriculum and expanding existing programs including the Olympic National Park Backpacking Interim, the Outdoor Club, and the Field Studies of Geology course.
STEAMWork Design Studio Faculty Residency
- In order to integrate the STEAMWork Studio more fully and effectively into the Westridge program, we created a faculty residency. In 2019-2020, Lower School Spanish Teacher Sabrina Leon and Lower School Math & Science Teacher Susi Pettersson will explore new ways to implement the tools available in the STEAMWork Design Studio into their curriculum. Pettersson was previously a recipient of a WRI grant, which resulted in the creation of the fourth grade Exploration Hour, and Leon's work in classroom technology integration, including Virtual Reality and laser-cutting technology (as a member of the faculty Educational Technology team), makes her a prime candidate for this residency.
Course Creation & Innovation Grants
Each year, WRI funds collaborative course creation and innovation grants. Since 2016, these funds have resulted in the creation of new programs and courses across divisions at Westridge, including the fourth grade Exploration Hour and the Upper School's Perspectives in Literature course.
- In 2019-2020, WRI grants will fund the creation of several new classes, including Upper School Theatre Production (which introduces students to the business of theatre, including direction, design, production management, advertising, communication, dramaturgy, and more). In summer 2019, WRI grants also funded the creation of the new Upper School Writing Center - a drop-in resource for writing help to be held every day during lunch or H Block elective period and staffed by faculty and specially trained student Writing Fellows. In addition, WRI grants will provide support to the social emotional learning programs at Westridge, further developing the Middle School Human Development curriculum and the interdisciplinary units co-taught by humanities, math, and science teachers in the Middle School.