MBEF IN ACTION – WHERE YOUR DOLLARS GO
Data Evaluation and Program Assessment: $100,000*
How well do our programs work? What shifts could we make in math, counseling and writing to strengthen our academic outcomes? Is our iPad program achieving the intended goals? So many questions we can’t answer because, until now, we have not had an analyst with the capacity to assess our programs and give our educators the data they need to strengthen them. In addition, this position will give MBEF the data we need to make strategic data-backed funding decisions going forward. It’s a small portion of our overall funding (1.6%), but it could have a tremendous impact on our ability to meet goals and strengthen our impact.
Innovation Grants to Teachers: $25,000*
In 2015/16 MBEF will request proposals from teachers for projects that provide innovation and/or collaboration in learning. These small grants ($500-$3,500) will give our educators an opportunity to exercise their passion for teaching, develop ideas, partner with colleagues and connect with the wealth of knowledge, expertise and talent within MBUSD. Projects will enhance the regular curriculum and align with school and District goals.
Music, math and science achievement go hand in hand. MBEF funds 44% of music instruction K-12, and as a result, the music program at MBUSD has experienced phenomenal growth and success. All students in grades 1-5 receive weekly music instruction, which forms the foundation for our award-winning middle and high school programs. In 2015/16 MBEF increased this grant by $30K to strengthen instruction.
Professional Development – UCLA Center X Math K-12: $100,000
Recent District-wide data and parent feedback has shown that we need to strengthen our Math program so that it is better aligned with Common Core Standards. Through this grant, UCLA Center X, a leader in Common Core implementation and teacher education, connects our District with teacher leaders who provide best practices and coaching for teachers throughout the District.
STEM – Project Lead the Way: $130,000*
In the next three years our students will experience a significant shift in the way our District teaches Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). In fall of 2015, we are launching Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. Their curriculum is hands-on, project-based, and data-backed. We are excited about how this initiative will transform the way our children engage with STEM and innovation.
Teacher Leaders – 21st Century Teaching and Writing: $222,000
There have been significant changes in the use of technology and the consistency of writing instruction in schools across our country. In every grade, what is taught is as important as how it’s taught. MBEF funding helps make sure each child’s curriculum keeps pace with the changing world by funding two Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA) to lead continuous improvement efforts throughout the District in these important areas of growth.
Teacher of the Year Stipends: $5,000*
Each year MBUSD recognizes one teacher from each school site as the Teacher of the Year, and one of those teachers is selected as the District-wide Teacher of the Year. MBUSD’s 7 Teachers of the Year have not previously received a monetary reward for this significant honor. This is an exciting opportunity to award the teachers, who do so much for our children every day.
Class Size Reduction- Additional Teachers K-3: $711,000
Our recent survey results show that MBEF’s grant to reduce class size is the one parents and teachers prioritize. MBEF is continuing its commitment to keeping our class sizes low. Our K-3 classrooms throughout the District are set at a maximum of 24:1.
Library Specialists: $195,000
Having access to a school library and knowing how to find your way around provides endless discoveries for students. This grant funds five Library Specialists – one for each of our five elementary schools. Library Specialists ensure that our school libraries are open every hour that school is in session. In addition to maintaining the libraries, the Specialists work with all teachers to help our students learn research and media literacy skills.
In 2014/15, MBUSD received a grant from Beach Cities Health District to implement MindUP, a social emotional learning curriculum, in grades K-5. MindUP is a CASEL accredited program that strengthens student outcomes and reduces drug and alcohol use and stress levels. MBEF’s $40K grant will support the complete implementation of this program by funding additional professional development, parent education sessions, and program oversight and assessment.
Physical Education: $230,000**
MBEF is proud to support credentialed physical education teachers at the elementary schools. PE teachers provide 100 minutes of high quality physical education and sportsmanship each week to all students, grades 1-5. We increased this grant in 2015/16, to improve student to teacher ratios.
Reading Specialists: $333,000
From K-3, children learn to read and then they read to learn. This grant funds five credentialed teachers who work with students to increase reading proficiency. The Reading Specialists also work with all elementary teachers to promote high quality reading instruction in all schools.
STEM Facilitator (MakerSpace + Science + Technology Teachers): $4,000*
This small grant will provide a stipend for a current teacher to help coordinate our efforts in STEM K-5. By facilitating bi-monthly meetings across sites that include STEM teachers, Tech TOSAs, and MakerSpace leads, we will be creating an opportunity for all of our teachers to learn from each other and utilize best practices.
STEM Teachers: $297,000
This grant funds five credentialed STEM Teachers who provide all elementary students with hands-on lab experience and project-based learning opportunities that strengthen students’ passion for science. All five STEM Teachers participated in the Project Lead the Way training over the summer and will be infusing the curriculum with more hands-on projects that are better aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.
Technology Teachers: $130,000
Our students have access to technology in the classroom in grades 3-8. To ensure that technology is being used effectively, this grant funds two experienced Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA) who will implement best practices and support teachers to integrate technology into instruction.
MANHATTAN BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL: $1,035,000
MBEF funds 100% of Counseling and Student Academic Support (SAS) Program at MBMS. Counselors play an essential role for all students in academic guidance, personal counseling and life planning. When a child needs help with scheduling, classes or social issues, an advisor is always there, operating on the front lines. When most schools have drastically reduced counselors, our ratios have improved.
English Class Size Reduction: $333,000
Through this grant, MBEF provides additional English and Humanities classes to lower overall class size. Smaller classes allow our English and Humanities teachers to provide students with more individualized attention and focused and frequent writing instruction and feedback.
Extra Period Classes: $74,000
This grant enables MBMS students to add an additional period so students who are involved in extracurricular activities can fulfill course requirements, and benefit from additional elective courses.
Library Specialist: $42,000
Having access to a school library and knowing how to find your way around provides endless discoveries for students. MBEF supports a full-time Library Specialist to ensure that the MBMS Library is open every hour that school is in session. The Specialist maintains the library and works with all teachers to help our students learn research and media literacy skills.
Professional Development- Science and Math: $66,000
With changes in curriculum necessitated by Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, as well as shifts in pedagogy, it is essential that we create a “Viable and Guaranteed” curriculum in our Math and Science Departments. Viable means that we have an adequate amount of time dedicated to each area of study. Guaranteed means that students will be taught, graded and assessed in the same manner, regardless of who their teachers are. Through this funding, MBMS Science will be moving to the Next Generation Science Standards and MBMS Math will conduct curriculum mapping in partnership with elementary schools and MCHS.
STEM – Additional Classes to Meet Demand: $60,000*
In 2015/16 we will be adding three additional units of STEM at the middle school. In the 2014/15 school year, there were 100 students who were not able to participate in a STEM class. This year, through your support and feedback, every child who applied to take a STEM course has been offered a spot.
Wheel Electives: $81,000
One of the hallmarks of an excellent school is its ability to inspire students through a variety of innovative electives. Our enhanced Wheel program offers middle school students a range of electives, including Computer Application, Fab Lab, Visual Arts, Film-making, Journalism and Drama classes.
MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL: $2,013,000
Additional Counseling Resources: $100,000*
MBEF has earmarked an additional $100,000 to enhance our High School Counseling program. The details of this grant will be determined through the program assessment in September 2015.
Assessment and Professional Development- Counseling: $25,000*
Our counseling programs in the middle and high school represent more than 40% of our funding in both schools. Through a partnership with experts in the counseling field, we hope to strengthen our counseling programs to ensure they have the resources, structure and support they need to guide our children through this often tumultuous phase of their lives.
College and Career Counselors: $240,000
MBEF funds 100% of two full-time college and career counselors and one assistant devoted to coaching our high school students and helping them navigate the often overwhelming college application process. This program is essential and will ensure that our students continue to attend inspirational institutions across the globe.
English Class Size Reduction: $132,000
Through this grant, MBEF provides additional English and Humanities classes at Mira Costa. These smaller classes allow our English and Humanities teachers to provide students with more individualized attention and focused and frequent writing feedback and instruction.
Extra Period Classes: $611,000
This grant enables Mira Costa students to add an additional period so students who are involved in extracurricular activities can fulfill course requirements, participate in AP classes, and take additional elective courses. More than 40% of MCHS students take advantage of an additional period each day.
Guidance and Academic Support Counselors: $735,000
MBEF funds the Counseling and Student Academic Support (SAS) Program at Mira Costa. Counselors play an essential role for all students in academic guidance, personal counseling and life planning. When most schools have drastically reduced counselors, our ratios have improved.
MBEF supports a full-time credentialed Librarian at Mira Costa. In addition to overseeing the library’s collection, the Librarian maintains the Technology Research Lab and works with all teachers to help our students learn research and media literacy skills.
Science Lab Assistant: $55,000
The Lab Assistant at Mira Costa supports science teachers by making lab instruction organized, efficient and inspired. In our new state-of-the-art Math and Science building, the Lab Assistant helps teachers to strengthen students’ learning through hands-on projects and instruction.
*New grants in 2015/16 **Grant amount increased in 2015/16