News & Updates:

Teachers Driving Innovation: New 2015/16 Grant

By Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member Traditionally, we look to our teachers to be leaders in the classroom, to guide our students through established curriculum and ensure they are meeting or exceeding expectations. The teachers who are inspired in their approach, who stretch the boundaries of learning, are typically the most successful. The most successful… Read more »

Introducing…The MBEF Student Ambassadors

This year at Back-to-School Night or a PTA meeting, you may have had the privilege to hear one of our new Student Ambassadors speak about MBEF and the impact your donations have made on their education. These poised, confident and articulate teens have all volunteered to speak on behalf of MBEF at school and community… Read more »

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… Read more »

MBUSD Elementary Homework – Reading, Reading, and More Reading

By Dr. Brett Geithman, Executive Director, MBUSD Educational Services I’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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Peer Tutoring: All Mira Costa Students Benefit

by Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member Peer 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’… Read more »

Most Likely To Succeed – The Future of Education

The students at High Tech High seem to be flourishing, growing, leading, ready for the challenges of an innovation economy. But some parents and educators share the concern that students are not getting the academic rigor they will need for college. With college admissions offices looking at the number of AP courses and scores on… Read more »

Most Likely to Succeed

Dr. Michael Matthews, Superintendent MBUSD On May 26th, over 900 people gathered in the Mira Costa High School auditorium to view the screening of the documentary Most Likely to Succeed.  This was sponsored by both MBEF and the PTA.  It is a film that was featured at this spring’s Sundance Film Festival and is a… Read more »

Nurturing the Mind for Healthy Success

by Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member More often than not, when we think about the success of our children during the first 18 years of their life, we turn to their academic achievements. We tend to lose sight of the fact that our purpose as parents is to nurture capable, thoughtful, kind, secure and independent… Read more »