We Heard You – STEM in Our Schools

By Farnaz Golshani Flechner, Executive Director

Manhattan Beach parents, business leaders, educators, and community members invest their time, talents and financial resources to transform our school District into a model for what public education can be. In 2014/15, 5,642 donors supported MBEF by making a gift to strengthen our schools. As a result, this year MBEF will provide more than $6.16M in funding for K-12 programs, paying for 71 educators and supplementing nine percent of our District’s budget. This is an incredible achievement that speaks volumes about our community’s commitment to our schools. → Read the rest of this article

MBUSD Elementary Homework – Reading, Reading, and More Reading

By Dr. Brett Geithman, Executive Director, MBUSD Educational Services

books with apple against dirty chalkboardI’m a parent of a Kindergartener and 2nd Grader. On those nights when we have dance, followed by soccer practice, while also trying to fit in homework, dinner and a bath before the 7:45 bedtime (if I’m being honest) the first homework assignment we cut out is reading. Many of you can probably relate, as you don’t have to turn in anything for reading and you can “make it up” on the weekend, right? Even though I understand the research behind the importance of reading, and should probably skip spelling that evening instead of reading, I have this guilt of sending my kid to school the next day without that spelling sheet completed. → Read the rest of this article

The Shift to STEM: Project Lead the Way

by Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member

At the forefront of STEM education is Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Currently reaching students in over 6,500 schools nationwide, PLTW is the leading provider in comprehensive STEM programs. Using activity, project and problem-based curricula, PLTW gives K-12 students the opportunity to identify problems and apply their knowledge to find unique solutions. Students are challenged to lead their own learning, preparing them for the real world. → Read the rest of this article

Peer Tutoring: All Mira Costa Students Benefit

by Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member

PeerTutoringPeer tutoring is available to MCHS students in the library Monday thru Thursday between 3 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Qualified tutors are available in most academic subjects, with consistent coverage in math and science. In order to become a peer tutor, the student must be an ‘A’ student in advanced courses. The student is then qualified to tutor for students in the course level below. Tutors track their hours and are provided community service credit for their work. In some cases, a tutor may be working on their own homework while waiting for a student with a tutor request. Throughout the course of the year, the students are asked to provide feedback on their tutors, in an effort to ensure the quality of the program. Any student interested in becoming a peer tutor should see the supervisors, Mr. Alan Zeoli or Mr. Michael McAvin, for an introduction and brief training session. → Read the rest of this article

2015/2016 Grants – Putting the Dollars to Work

DollarsDonations to MBEF’s Annual Appeal are used to make grants to the District to pay for programs and educators at our seven schools. The grants, totaling over $5 million annually, amount to approximately 10 percent of the school district’s budget. Most of this funding is already committed to teachers and programs from the previous year. However as some programs close or shrink in size or if we are able to increase funds raised, we may have a little bit of additional funding through which we can consider implementing innovative new programs that align with parent and educators’ priorities. → Read the rest of this article