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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »


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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Social Inclusion in MBUSD

By Kathleen Gibbons Last October, MBUSD students, teachers, administrators, staff, and parents submitted grant proposals addressing race and other topics related to developing an inclusive community. The goal was to inspire change and nurture a productive and honest dialogue in our schools.  “We hoped to broaden the conversation about diversity and empower people in our… Read more »

“Raising Kids in our 24/7 Connected World”

By Lisa Solomon, Common Sense Media When we founded Common Sense more than a decade ago, Instagram, YouTube, and iPads didn’t even exist.  Since then, our kids have developed digital lives far more sophisticated than we would have ever imagined.  To help you tackle some of the challenges, I am sharing several key resources (all free)… Read more »