With Great Appreciation – Annual Report and Honor Roll

Nearly 4,000 families, businesses and community members supported MBEF with a donation to the 2017/18 Annual Appeal. As a result of this generosity, MBEF funding to our District has grown to $6.2 million for this school year. This speaks volumes about our collective commitment to our schools and children’s education.

Today MBEF supports or enhances nearly every academic pursuit and enrichment opportunity across our District’s seven campuses. We invite you to review our Annual Report and Honor Roll to learn more about our state funding challenge and the impact your support has on our local schools everyday. We are so inspired by what we have accomplished together.

Support Team MBEF!

The 10th annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is an awe-inspiring community event that supports our public schools and children with special needs.

When: Sunday, October 28th, 2018 (8am check-in, 9:30am walk begins)

What: The P2P Walk has raised millions of dollars over the years to support local schools and children with special needs. Last year the SKECHERS Foundation QUADRUPLED donations, so for every $30 registration, our schools received approximately $120. Because of the incredible support from our community, last year SKECHERS’ donation to our schools was $140,000 – let’s top that this year!

Where: Manhattan Beach Pier

How: Go to our team page and sign up to walk with us:   MBEF’s Team Page

When prompted during the registration process, please make sure to designate MBEF as your charity so your gift supports Manhattan Beach schools!

What if I Can’t Participate? Sign up as a “virtual walker” and your $30 donation will be quadrupled by SKECHERS! 

Questions? Contact Kristi Buckley at [email protected]

Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom

by Holly Compton, Math TOSA K-5

We recently connected with Holly Compton, Teacher on Special Assignment, to learn how she is bringing professional development into the classrooms of MBUSD elementary math teachers. Here is what Ms. Compton shared:

How should we structure professional development (PD) to have the largest impact, particularly on teachers?

Over the course of this school year, our elementary teachers have had the opportunity to take part in small group professional development, focusing on routines that allow for students to develop their number sense and critical thinking skills. During each PD session, we met as a small teacher group, and then went into a classroom to watch what we are studying in action. Through this process, teachers were able to immediately plan and implement ideas taken from PD into their classrooms. → Read the rest of this article

A Message from Newly Appointed MBEF Executive Director

I am honored to have been selected to serve as Executive Director of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. I have been a part of the growth and vision of MBEF for well over a decade and look forward to continuing the momentum we have developed in strengthening our public schools.

We can all take great pride as a community in the opportunities we provide our students through MBEF. MBEF funds 74 teachers and specialists throughout the District – including PE teachers, music instructors, MakerSpace assistants, STEM lab specialists, librarians, counselors, reading specialists, assistant principals, and teachers on special assignment. The programs and educators we fund through MBEF reach every child, every day. → Read the rest of this article

Reading: Creating Meaningful Conversations

By Michelle Syverson, MBUSD Literacy TOSA

Growing readers and writers is one of my passions. There is a magic to the experience of watching reading and writing come to life; witnessing growth, forming connections, and developing understanding are just a few pieces to this puzzle we call literacy. In 2010, MBUSD adopted the workshop method/pedagogy for reading and writing as a signature practice. I was on board from the start and eager to use this instructional practice in my classroom and learn all it had to offer. In the years to follow I received in-depth professional development which lead to: becoming a writing trainer of trainers for teachers, hosting teachers in my classroom to observe, serving on the district literacy committee, and, in the summer of 2017, becoming the K-12 MBUSD Literacy TOSA. MBEF not only funds this coveted position, but believes the work which offers literacy support to teachers, students, administrators and parents, is invaluable. → Read the rest of this article


The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is a community driven fundraising organization, which supplements state funding for programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence in the public schools of Manhattan Beach. It’s our goal to align our strategy with the priorities of parents, teachers and community members.

The MBEF Parent Survey is critical to our strategic direction and should only take 5-10 minutes of your time. Our target is 100% participation and the feedback you provide is anonymous. This survey will close on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Please refer to the chart below for the current breakdown of program funding. Your input is essential to help us understand your educational priorities and guide our funding strategy for the next two years. Please click here to share your feedback.

MakerSpace Update

By Jason Marshall

Last spring, I was offered the opportunity to be the MakerSpace Coordinator for the esteemed Manhattan Beach Unified School District. The purpose of this role was to bring MakerSpace to life at all of the elementary campuses in a consistent and significant way. For those of you who are not familiar with the MakerSpace movement in schools across the country, MakerSpace is a hands-on, student-directed learning experience, where students see themselves as inventors, builders and creators. MakerSpace allows learning new skills through trial and error, experiencing failure of an initial idea, the exploration of possible alternatives and then problem solving to improve on the idea. MakerSpace is a more accessible touchpoint for STEM, and more specifically engineering, which allows teachers to better integrate science, technology, engineering, while fostering innovation and creative arts skills. → Read the rest of this article