The Schools Fund Blog

From Trauma to Peace: Mindfulness Program at Willard Middle School

Posted on March 22nd 2018 in Grants, Interviews

Once a week at Willard Middle School, there’s an unexpected sight of a classroom full of students sitting still with their eyes closed. With the support of our Strategic Impact Grant, Willard Middle School has implemented a weekly Dynamic Mindfulness program where students engage in mindful ABCs (Actions, Behaviors, and Centering) during their Advisory period. […]

Music and Movement at the King Child Development Center

Posted on January 10th 2018 in General

Before the winter break, we visited another Strategic Impact Grant “in action”, this time at the King Child Development Center (CDC) where transitional kindergarteners are taking a weekly dance class through the “Transitional Kindergarten Dance Collaborative” grant. Prior to the class starting, the children were eager to dance and move their bodies, their faces glowing with […]

Smiling Scientists at the UC Botanical Garden

When the docent at the UC Botanical Garden asked Berkeley Arts Magnet (BAM) kindergarteners, “Why is this season called fall?” the students responded, “Because the leaves fall!” while they made sweeping motions with their hands representing falling leaves. The students brought a lot of energy to the garden on the day we joined Benjamin Wilkins-Malloy’s […]

Building a Makerspace

Posted on October 10th 2017 in Grants

There was palpable excitement in the former Longfellow Middle School cafeteria, soon to be re-purposed into a Makerspace, as students and their families arrived for a community work day to help build work tables. Tools, measuring tapes, and fasteners were organized in separate bins while the lumber was neatly arranged on one side. Matt Hinckley, a […]

Feeding the Community and Growing a Business

Posted on April 17th 2017 in Grants

The smell of chocolate cinnamon cake wafts from the ovens as thirty-three seventh and eighth graders file in through the door. In early April, we visited the Growing Leaders business elective class at Willard in which students prepare and sell bi-monthly meals to the community made largely with ingredients grown at the school site. It’s […]

Summer Fellowships: Building Knowledge and Relationships

Posted on March 28th 2017 in General

Summer vacation usually conjures up images of the beach and barbeque, but for Cherene Fillingim-Selk, a Science Resource Teacher at Cragmont and John Muir as well as one of our 2016 Summer Fellows, last summer for Cherene involved digging dirt and cutting thick rebar to help build a water catchment tank in Shirati, Tanzania. Through […]

Teaching Language in Every Subject

It might seem odd to imagine anyone other than an English teacher working to improve how students read and write. However, that was exactly what Math, Science, and Humanities teachers from Berkeley Middle Schools were brainstorming together to achieve on a recent weekday afternoon. The Schools Fund awarded Akemi Hamai, a science teacher at King, […]

A Look Back at 2016

Posted on January 10th 2017 in About the Schools Fund, Behind the Scenes, Events, Grants, Volunteers

As 2016 comes to a close, we think it’s more important than ever for our community to do everything it can to support our kids and public schools. We’re committed to supporting teachers by growing our impact every year, finding higher impact projects that meet the needs of teachers and students and encouraging new ideas. We’re setting the […]

Young African Leaders Initiative

A few months ago we were asked to participate as a host organization for the Young African Leaders Initiative for the summer. Intrigued, we agreed to host two fellows for four days in July. We had no idea we would be meeting some of the most passionate, dedicated, hilarious people we’ve ever met. President Obama […]