Gale Berman and Juli Pollak received teacher innovation grants from The Epstein School as part of its 20Chai initiative. To receive the grant, the proposal had to impact students and provide a fresh take on learning at the school.
Berman, music specialist and band director, designed a series of progressive garage-band projects for students in grades 1 to 4, allowing them to better understand the elements of music and to create their own compositions.
Pollak’s project builds on what students learn in the school-wide social-emotional learning program, Tribes. It includes mindfulness, breathing exercises, meditation and other creative activities.