LeConte Students Get Muddy in The Forest

“Children today spend significantly less time outdoors than previous generations,” writes Strategic Impact Grant awardees Erika Englund and Natalia Bernal (LeConte TK and Kindergarten teachers) and Laura Figueroa (Pediatric Occupational Therapist/LeConte parent). “Many factors have contributed to our children’s lack of access to play in nature, including rapidly-advancing technology and increased ‘screen time,’ lack of […]

Partnering with UC Berkeley on Be a Scientist

Today we welcome guest bloggers Teresa Barnett (Community Resources for Science), Kate Spohr (Berkeley Research Development Office), and Mary Wildermuth (UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology) to tell us more about the Be a Scientist program, which is supported by a Strategic Impact Grant. SCHOOLS FUND: We know Be A Scientist is beneficial to […]

Mr. Mac Explores the Meaning of Life

Robert MacCarthy’s classroom at Willard is packed with personality. Mannequins display messy wigs, student work tiles the walls, a disco ball dances from the ceiling. The place is high energy, high humor, and high inspiration. Stepping into his classroom, one instantly feels motivated to learn more. This semester Mr. MacCarthy (aka Mr. Mac) is implementing […]

K-5 Math Professional Learning Communities: Year Two Review

As part of our commitment to advancing math and science education in our schools, we have been pleased to fund Strategic Impact Grants for K-5 Math Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for the past two years. One of these PLCs was for all Math Teacher Leads (MTLs) in the District; the other was for Malcolm X […]

Camp Sudo Final Presentations

On the last day of July, Schools Fund staff had the opportunity to witness something very special. Fourteen Berkeley high school students, their families, and their mentors gathered in the multipurpose room of the Berkeley Adult School for a “Demo Day” (four days before the “Demo Day” held at the White House). Group by group, […]