Prep Talk

Mr. Burke Awarded Stanton Foundation Grant

Posted July 2nd, 2013


Mr. Kevin Burke, Dean of Academics, has been awarded a $5,000 “Innovation in Civics Education” grant from the Stanton Foundation for the 2013-14 academic year.  The grant will help support research and projects connected to the new Honors Economics course which Mr. Burke has developed and will introduce this year.

The Stanton Foundation was created by Frank Stanton, longtime president of CBS.  It has, as one of its primary missions, the development of a more informed public.   One of its key strategies is the “Innovation in Civics Education” program, whose core concept is that well-informed students are best produced by identifying teachers who are innovators, giving them the resources, and trusting them to use these funds well.

Mr. Burke’s course will explore both micro and macroeconomics. Specifically, the course will focus on government’s role and influence on economic policies and the impact of these decisions on global, national, and local economies.  To develop the course, Mr. Burke researched available lessons plans of the Wharton School of Business and is using these to provide a course which will focus on the governmental decisions which affect the economy.

The Stanton Foundation grant was made available to upper school members of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS), of which St. Augustine Prep is a member.  The Prep will be seeking formal accreditation from NJAIS in the fall.