Thank you for all your support in 2014. I am excited to share with you what CEF is doing in 2015.
As I have mentioned in the past year, CEF has undertaken an extensive strategic planning process to become both needs driven and outcome oriented. Our funding priorities will be directed at improving achievement outcomes in Literacy, Science, Technology and Critical Thinking skills. CEF places emphasis on measurable outcomes that demonstrate student success in both the short and the long term.
The CEF Board is allocating approximately $168,000 in grants to Cabrillo Unified School District for ten projects for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. The grants fund projects at all grade levels in every school in the district, including literacy instruction and materials, science instruction and materials, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), Computer Science, and music education for elementary students.
This year CEF received over 33 applications. Over the past ten weeks, grant applications were reviewed by CEF Advisory Task Forces that consisted of board members, teachers, and community members. Finalists were chosen after the task forces extensively reviewed grants and listened to presentations from the applicants.
Just as we are focusing on essential K-3 early literacy we are also focusing on technological literacy to create critical thinkers who will have the required skills for a 21st century global economy. CEF is thus funding pilot computer coding/programming courses at the elementary schools, Cunha Intermediate School, Half Moon Bay High School and Pilarcitos Alternative High School.
“These CEF grants will continue to advance and enrich educational excellence in all of our local public schools,” said CEF Board President Deb Hedger. “CEF has now awarded more than $1,000,000 to Coastside public schools.”
We sincerely thank all of the applicants for enriching our competition with proposals of such extraordinary quality. In this cycle, grants were awarded to the following projects for 2015-2016:
1. 4th/5th Grade Science: $45,000. Elementary school site(s) to be determined by CUSD for pilot program. CEF is partnering with CUSD to leverage this grant into a full time elementary science teacher for 2015-16 and two full-time teachers in 2016-17.
2. Secondary Science Teacher Collaboration: $4,807. Cunha Intermediate School, Half Moon Bay High School and Pilarcitos High School.
3. Literacy: Readers Workshop, $57,600. Cunha Intermediate School, El Granada Elementary School, Hatch Elementary School, Kings Mountain Elementary School, and Farallone View Elementary School.
5. Destination Imagination Equitable, Aligned and Sustainable Elementary Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program: $8,000. El Granada Elementary School, Hatch Elementary School, Kings Mountain Elementary School, and Farallone View Elementary School.
6. HMBHS Computer Science: $20,820. Half Moon Bay High School (new course)
7. Cunha Computer Science: $13,200. Cunha Intermediate School
8. K-5 (4th/5th) Computer Science: $3,600. Elementary school pilots
9. Pilarcitos Self Paced Computer Science: $2,602. Pilarcitos High School
10. K-1 Summer Bridging Literacy Program: $5,000. Summer class for at-risk kindergartners to improve literacy before entering first grade.
CEF is currently looking for grants from other organizations to extend this list. Please spread the word about endowment donations to CEF so we can continue to expand our list of funded projects. Please contact Keith Cernak to discuss additional partnership and funding opportunities.
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) - Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) -Columbia Teachers College elementary literacy professional development (2013/2014 program)