CEF is pleased to announce that during the 2015/16 school year, we will be allocating a total of $168,000 to our local schools to fund ongoing and new programs.
We invite our school principals, teachers and parent groups to participate in the generation of ideas by submitting a request for allocation (RFA) by October 31, 2014.
CEF is focusing on four critical areas where we believe we can partner with CUSD to “move the needle of success” to make the greatest possible difference. The four strategic areas are Improving Literacy and Learning, Creating Science Advancement and Technological Partnerships, Developing 21st Century Learning Skills for Student Success, and Enrichment. We also believe that Teacher Development is embedded across these 4 themes.
For the 2015/16 school year, we are asking new RFAs to be focused on the priority themes of Improving Literacy and Learning particularly as it relates to literacy in K-3 and Creating Science Advancement.
Please see our website www.ceffund.org for more information and for instructions on how to submit a proposal.
---- Teresa McWhirt has been a CEF board member since 2013, is the current Allocations Chair and was previously involved with CEF's literacy imitative. She has a daughter in the 5th grade at El Granada Elementary and a son in the 6th grade at Cunha Intermediate.
CEF Invests in Teacher Literacy Development
“Thank you for providing the funds for such worthwhile professional development. You made an investment in teachers who wish to deliver the highest quality education to our Coastside kids.” ---- Lyn Kelley, El Granada Elementary School teacher
Ryan Candelario, Columbia Teachers College Staff Developer, coaches CUSD teachers in supporting literacy skills
When students return to Farallone View, El Granada, Hatch and Kings Mountain Elementary Schools this fall, their class work will be infused with new literacy techniques teachers learned at the CEF-funded Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshops. “I came away reenergized, with the added awareness that more of my fellow teachers are willing to join in the journey to provide the best reading and writing education possible for our students,” teacher Lyn Kelley said, "It was like receiving a 'shot in the arm' of reinvigoration and recommitment.”
Kelley was among all 65 CUSD elementary school teachers who participated in the workshops, made possible by a $60,000 CEF grant. Teachers worked in small teams with Columbia Teachers College Staff Developers, who presented and modeled new reading and writing strategies and then coached the teachers as they practiced with a group of students in the classroom.
CEF’s investment in professional development will continue to benefit students for years to come. Teachers will impart the skills they have gained in the workshops to their own students, and reading is something that the students will carry with them throughout their lives. When students master reading it allows them to learn in all other areas.
2014/2015 CEF-Funded Programs
4th/5th grade science specialists - Cunha & high school science professional development - high school science equipment/labs - K/1 summer bridge program - high school teacher collaboration - 5th grade instrumental music - high school animation elective - Cunha and Pilarcitos field trips - elementary informational literacy (nonfiction books) - Columbia Teachers College elementary literacy professional development (2013/2014 program)