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 “Strong families, working in partnership with the school as advocates for academic achievement, will create an environment where every child has the opportunity to acquire the foundation skills and habits of mind that foster life-long learning, citizenship participation, and personal fulfillment.”

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“Lawrence Family Development is so grateful for the support from the community which we receive. 
We are pleased to announce the donation of seeds for our school-based, raised bed gardens.
Thank you to Johnny’s Seeds of Maine for helping us start our gardens!”


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" Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood. "
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Denver Public Schools Visit LFDCS

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LFDCS was delighted to welcome school leaders from the Denver Public Schools (Denver, Colorado) on April 9 and 10. The delegation of ten school leaders was led by Chief of Schools, Susana Cordova and Assistant Superintendent of Post-Secondary Readiness, Greta Martinez. The delegation visited Lawrence Family Development because they are planning to provide Innovation Status to four of the schools in their district. These Denver Public Schools would work independently (like charter schools) and receive waivers for various operating policies while remaining under the Denver Public Schools.

The visit to LFDCS was to explore Lawrence Family Development's experience with school turnaround (successes and challenges) and to learn more about how Lawrence Family Development:

  • sustains programs and staffing with mentoring, onboarding and beginning of school-year orientation;
  • recruits teachers and provides a dual-language model;
  • successfully educates high needs, special education and ELL populations;
  • uses RtI and instructional methods that yield high student achievement and impact;
  • leverages family engagement and community partnerships; and
  • plans for new experiences with school turnaround and targeted assistance to to other districts.

Lawrence Family Development looks foward to continued work with our new friends from Denver!

4th Annual Engineering Celebration PDF Print E-mail


How do you chase away the New England Winter Blues?


With an LFDCS Engineering extravaganza involving a Rube Goldberg challenge, popsicle stick bridges to stress and crack and ideas and imaginations for Future Cities where people never go hungry.


This event took place on Tuesday February 24 with 4th, 6th and 7th grade students from LFDCS, their families, U-Mass Lowell Civil engineering students and their lead professor, Ed Hajduk. The gym at the Upper School was packed with students having their projects judged by LFDCS staff and UML students. Parents watched proudly as their “engineers in training” explained what they had learned.


The preparations for this event started back in September, when students began meeting after school to learn some engineering skills. The 4th graders worked on classic engineering challenges such as building the strongest tower of paper, an egg drop/ cushioning experiment and a paper plane launching pad. Middle school students in 6th and 7th grade were involved in building prototype popsicle stick bridges which they then tested to breaking point. They learned from the prototype failure and went on to build another bridge to bring to competition. The bridges incorporated more complex designs and reinforcements than had been seen in previous years, which showed imagination combined with applying their knowledge of the stress of bearing loads. Each bridge was stressed to breaking point on the UML Bridge Stressing machine


Meanwhile a dozen other students in 6th and 7th grade participated in Future Cities, where students presented their models which they built to scale using recycled materials. The engineering challenge was to design a city where the inhabitants were guaranteed a protein and vegetable to eat. Students came up with innovative solutions to this problem and discussed their research and thought process. All students were very proud of their ideas and the judges were impressed with how they could articulate the engineering. All of these projects were made possible through the energy and enthusiasm of LFDCS staff: Ms. Irving, Ms. Fabrizio and Mr. Kelly.


The engineering expertise of UML Civil Engineering students led by Professor Ed Hajduk and lead student, Shaun Hevey, was vital to the event’s success. LFDCS students really enjoyed and benefitted greatly by being mentored by UML students. Victor Vegas, an alumni of LFDCS and UML who started the program with Prof. Ed Hajduk back in 2011, was present. Victor is currently employed at BETA Group Inc. and was also the Engineering Role Model for LFDCS and UML Civil Engineering students. This was an Engineering Extravaganza that showcased Rigor, Relevance and Relationships--the 3 R's of the 21st Century.

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Teaching with Technology: Easiteach at LFDCS PDF Print E-mail

As LFDCS looks at ways to differentiate instruction, add project-based learning, and develop critical thinking, LFDCS teachers have expanded their use of Easiteach to incorporate their text and verbal instruction with videos, audio and interactive Easiteach widgets. LFDCS teachers’ general use of Easiteach are as follows:

  • to develop visually-appealing presentations
  • to create lesson activities, such as cloze activities
  • to design their own lesson dashboards that incorporate diverse teaching resources, such as Microsoft Office, PDFs, videos, images, audio and interactive games

LFDCS teachers understand that students have different learning styles and preferred learning resources. By using multimedia-enriched teaching resources, LFDCS teachers stimulate student interests and engage them in learning. They also aim to more effectively meet different student learning needs and achieve educational goals. The below table shows survey results of LFDCS teachers related to the Pros and Cons of using Easiteach. As a LFDCS dissemination goal, we hope the following information helps other educators plan to use Easiteach in their instruction.




Easiteach provides diverse interactive tools/widgets, such as cloze tool, word wallet and randomizer that teachers can use to teach diverse subject matter

“[I like] to use different media to stimulate the interest of students.”

“I like how many widgets there are to be used in a variety of subjects and lessons.”

“There is something for every subject.”

Easiteach allows teachers to insert diverse media files including document files to an Easiteach project.

“I like how everything can be in one place for the lesson.”

“I can have all files in one place.”

Easiteach lessons and embedded objects can be saved as lessons for other teachers on the team to use from year to year!

Easiteach interface is not user-friendly, so it is difficult to navigate in order to learn and use its features

“So much to learn and hard to keep track of what all the buttons do.”

“[It is] Tough to learn without supervision and expert guidance from a digital instructor.”



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Academic Program

Our program includes a dual-language model with students learning in both Spanish and English. The goal is to enable students to attain advanced levels of functional proficiency in two languages and to promote understanding of and appreciation for the cultures represented by the languages studied. The primary objective is to teach students language and literacy skills that will allow them to function effectively in both their personal and professional lives. We feel the development of literacy will foster a love of learning to read, and then the competency of reading to learn.


We believe there is a strong link between school success and effective and consistent leadership. As a result, our Board of Trustees, composed of parents and community leaders, provides valuable oversight and focuses on creating and upholding policies that support our students and their families. We also have initiated a new administrative structure with a principal and heads of upper and lower schools, who manage daily operations and discipline. Leadership from the ranks of the teaching staff is also highly evident, as teachers improve curriculum, serve as mentors to novice educators and work to attain National Board Certification.

Community Partnerships

Our goal is to work with many individuals and organizations in order to provide the resources necessary to enhance and enrich the lives of our students, both during the day and in our extended day and extended year programs. The quality and breadth of our community partnership program is unique. We work with an extensive array of local private schools, parent and community volunteers, and organizations providing on-site programs.

Parent Partners

We believe that when parents are actively involved in their children’s education, students have a better chance of succeeding academically. At LFDCS parents are required to be active participants in the education of their children. Parents serve on our Board of Trustees, participate in training programs designed to help them work with their children at home, volunteer in the classroom and on field trips, and assist with fundraising initiatives. All parents sign a contract that places high expectations on their participation both at school and at home.



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