Professional Development Grants Program

Like all professionals anywhere, educators in the Wallingford Public Schools participate in ongoing professional development and collaborative opportunities funded by our annual school budget.  However, the Wallingford Education Foundation (WEF) recognizes the transformative impact that can result from an educator who chooses to attend professional development that might lie beyond the usual scope and financial reach of the town’s budget.  The opportunity to work with other passionate educators as they reflect on the changing needs of our world and how best to serve our students can be some of the most motivating, transformational experiences an educator can have.  With the Professional Development Grants Program (formerly known as the Reflective Educators Grants), the WEF seeks to fuel and spread innovative ideas among members of the Wallingford educational community. 

The Professional Development Grants Program offers:

Paired grants of $1000 each for two WPS educators to attend a professional development opportunity together OR single annual grants of up to $2000 for an individual educator to attend a professional development opportunity

The Professional Development Grants Recipients:

Duane Samuel who is the School Psychologist at Moses Y. Beach and Integrated Preschool at Cook Hill was the Wallingford Education Foundations first Professional Development Grant winner!


He will use the WEF Professional Development Grant to attend the National Association of School Psychologists 2016 Annual Convention in New Orleans. This year’s theme is School Climate: Connect the Dots. He is a member of the District Climate Committee and the Moses Y. Beach Elementary School Climate Committee, so this is a wonderful and fortunate opportunity for Duane to be able to attend a personal and professionally relevant annual convention. He will be attending workshops and sessions geared towards creating inclusive and welcoming environments for all students and families. Duane will be learning from leaders in school climate about how to improve student engagement and parent involvement in the Wallingford schools. Duane plans to bring this knowledge back to our district and implement these ideas immediately. Duane plans on sharing some of the great things Wallingford is doing as a district with others from around the nation, and learn new information about some of the strategies we can use in Wallingford.

Duane is pictured engaging in a friendly game of Hungry Hungry Hippo with a couple of students at MYB!