Meriden teacher awarded $15,000 grant for student-centered learning

Meriden teacher awarded $15,000 grant for student-centered learning


MERIDEN — Platt High School English teacher Kelly Roman will be using a $15,000 grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to hold a series of workshops with local businesses and community organizations on student-centered learning.

Roman is one of a dozen New England educators to receive the Lawrence W. O’Toole Leadership Award. Her proposal focuses on student-centered learning, an approach to education that focuses on personal learning while incorporating technology and often involves students working with organizations and businesses outside of school.

A technique used by Roman involves filming a video lesson for students to watch at home and then having them complete an assignment in the classroom where they can ask questions, a reversal of conventional teaching methods.

She plans to use the grant for six monthly workshops starting in December with businesses and community organizations, including the Meriden Boys & Girls Club, Beat the Street Community Center, and the YMCA. Teachers will lead the workshops. The remaining funds will be used to purchase Chromebook computers for students in the program.

“I’m really excited to just get started with it and the partnerships that will develop with our community organizations,” Roman said. “I think it will be really good for our students.”

Nick Donohue, president and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, said the project will offer students opportunities outside the classroom, and he praised Roman’s creative approach to learning.

“We’re just really glad to be working in Meriden,” Donohue said. “Our approach is to really follow the lead of communities. I’m glad they approached us to support this work and I’ve just enjoyed seeing them progress.”

Platt Principal Robert Montemurro described Roman as a hardworking educator dedicated to the success of her students.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Montemurro said. “It’s not everyday a teacher receives $15,000 to improve student learning.” 203-317-2231 Twitter: @LeighTaussRJ

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