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. In 2018-2019, Middle & Upper School Science Teacher Rob Greene will focus 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 Fellowship
- In order to integrate the STEAMWork Studio more fully and effectively into the Westridge program, we created a faculty fellowship. In 2018-2019, Middle School Science Teacher Barbra Chabot to explore new ways to implement the tools available in the STEAMWork Design Studio into the Middle School science curriculum. Creative projects play a central role in the courses Chabot teaches, including the 7th Grade “Life Science” class and 7th-8th Grade “STEAM Projects” elective, and Chabot hopes to increase her knowledge of design tools—including modeling software and laser-cutting technology—in order to empower her students and colleagues to do the same.
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 2018-2019, WRI grants will fund the creation of several new Upper School classes, including Time-Based Art and Environmental Engineering (interdisciplinary courses that incorporate art/creative problem-solving, science, and technology). In addition, WRI grants will provide support to the performing arts at Westridge, further developing the Middle School music and Upper School theatre programs.