News & Updates:

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 »

2015/2016 Grants – Putting the Dollars to Work

Donations 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…. Read more »

STEM Is Everywhere You Look In MB Schools

By Leanne Huebner, MBEF Board Member Careers focused on STEM, in fields like biomedical engineering and computer programming, are predicted to grow by 17% over the next several years, or at a rate twice that of non-STEM job opportunities. Several studies predict 2 to 4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled by the end of… Read more »

Survey Says…

Summary of Results from the 2014/15 Parent and Teacher Survey By Farnaz Golshani Flechner, MBEF Executive Director This past summer MBEF surveyed our stakeholders in hopes of getting a clear understanding of what we are doing well, and what we can do better. We wanted to learn what programs and initiatives our community wants us… Read more »

Technology in the Classroom: The Pathway to Integration

By Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member Technology. It’s the buzzword of the 21st century. Handheld devices, apps, social media sites, even emoji’s…are infiltrating our daily lives. Technology went from a cumbersome desktop computer with limited use to a talking Smart Phone that you wouldn’t dare leave behind. So it’s no surprise that the obsession with… Read more »