• Class Size Reduction (K-3 and 6-12)
  • Middle School Electives (6-8)
  • Zero Period Classes (6-12)


  • College and Career Counselors (9-12)
  • Elementary Assistant Principal (K-5)
  • Middle School Assistant Principal – Student Life (6-8)
  • Middle School Empathy and Inclusion Program (6-8)
  • MindUP Professional Development (K-5)
  • School Counselors (6-12)
  • Social Inclusion Grants (K-12)


  • Music Instruction (1-12)
  • Visual Arts (4-5)




  • Library Specialists (K-12)
  • Literacy and Writing TOSA (K-12)
  • Reading Specialists (K-5)


  • Common Core Math Teacher-Leaders (K-12)
  • Instructional Technology TOSA (K-5)
  • MakerSpace Instructional Assistants (K-5)
  • Math Professional Development (K-12)
  • Next Generation Science Standards Teacher-Leaders (9-12)
  • Science Lab Assistant (9-12)
  • Science Specialists (K-5)
  • STEM Based Electives (6-12)



$1,637,804 – 26% of Overall Funding

Few education reforms have the potential for greater impact than fewer students in a classroom. Both parents and teachers consistently prioritize the importance of Class Size Reduction (CSR) in MBEF Surveys, and 26% of our overall funding supports efforts that reduce class size. MBEF grants to support CSR are paired with parallel grants that support professional development in best practices in instruction and personalization. Given that this is consistently the highest priority for our stakeholders, we will increase our investment in CSR by 16% in 2018/19. CSR in MBUSD takes many forms, and one can argue that because we fund 75 teachers throughout our District, ALL of our grants support CSR. By having additional teachers at school sites, we are reducing class sizes throughout. CSR grants include:

Class Size Reduction (K-3 and 6-12)
Our K-3 classrooms throughout the District are set at a maximum average of 24:1 and MBEF provides additional funding to ensure class sizes are smaller at MBMS and Mira Costa.

Middle School Electives (6-8)
The enhanced elective program at MBMS offers middle school students a range of electives, including Computer Application, Visual Arts, Kitchen Commerce Connections, Film, Yearbook and Drama.

Zero Period Classes (6-12)
This grant enables MBMS and Mira Costa students to add an additional period so they can fulfi ll course requirements and benefi t from additional elective courses. More than 30% of MCHS students take advantage of an additional period each day.


$1,666,600 – 27% of Overall Funding

Levels of stress, depression and isolation at our secondary schools and districts throughout the country with similar demographics have increased at an unprecedented rate. With these unfortunate trends, MBEF has signifi cantly increased our investment in supporting the social-emotional wellness of our students through a robust counseling program. Our counselors are a critical resource in helping students face challenges at home or school, determining the right academic and/or career path and tackling the complex college application process. Grants include:

School Counselors (6-12)
Counselors foster a sense of connection on campus and play an essential role for students in academic guidance and life planning. While districts throughout the state have increased their student to counselor ratios, MBEF’s investment has kept our ratios reasonable, making it possible for one counselor to follow a student throughout their experience at MBMS or Mira Costa. MBUSD counselors work with students on time management, prioritization, organization, and monitor student progress to ensure that students are meeting graduation requirements and/or A-G requirements for college eligibility.

College and Career Counselors (9-12)
MBEF funds 100% of two and a half full-time College and Career Counselors and one assistant devoted to coaching our high school students and helping them navigate the college application process or other post-graduation pathways. They utilize technology to educate students about future goals and explore educational opportunities after high school, including college, career and technical/vocational education. This program is an essential part of helping our students make the right personal choice for their future.

Counselor Training and Working Sessions (9-12)
All Mira Costa Counselors engage in training and regularly collaborate to seek alignment on counseling guidelines and best practices.

Elementary Assistant Principal (K-5)
Grand View and Pacifi c Elementary have nearly 40% more students and teachers than the other three elementary schools in the District. In keeping with our goal of parity among schools, MBEF funds a shared Assistant Principal to ensure the student to administrator ratio is reasonable. Having an Assistant Principal increases the capacity of the Principals at both sites to better meet the academic and socialemotional needs of all students.

MBMS Assistant Principal – Student Life (6-8)
The Assistant Principal focused on student life and parent engagement helps support the leadership team at MBMS to meet the varying needs of our student body. The introduction of the Second Step student wellness program, a Social and Emotional Wellness Committee, parent education workshops, professional development focused on growth mindset and brain development, and student and teacher sessions focused on creating a more inclusive learning environment, have all helped to better meet the diverse needs of our students at a critical transition in their lives.

MBMS Empathy and Inclusion Program (6-8)
MBMS is committed to developing a climate of care where students feel safe and respected. As part of that commitment, the administration integrates lessons on empathy and social inclusion in partnership with the Manhattan Beach Police Department (MBPD). The program includes a tour of the Museum of Tolerance where seventh grade students explore themes such as the power of words, lessons from history, and going from bystander to ally. MBMS administration and teachers continue to focus on empathy by incorporating additional programs on campus and in the classrooms throughout the year.

MindUP Professional Development (K-5)
In 2014/15, MBEF helped support the implementation of MindUP, a social-emotional learning curriculum, in grades K-5. MindUP is a Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) accredited program that strengthens student outcomes
and helps reduce stress levels and drug and alcohol use. MBEF will support the continued application of MindUP by funding additional professional development for our elementary teachers this year.

Social Inclusion Grants (K-12)
Students and educators throughout the District are encouraged to apply for small grants for programs that create a welcoming environment for all students and celebrate our differences. Current grants include a Buddy Bench at Pennekamp Elementary, a Multi-Cultural Scholars Union at MBMS, and Linc Crew and the Freshman Bridge program to welcome new students to Mira Costa.


$645,000 – 10% of Overall Funding

Music (1-12)
Music, math, language and science achievement go hand-in-hand. MBEF funds 48% of music instruction 1-12, 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. The recent addition of the “wheel” option for grade 3 helps expose students to each discipline —strings, winds and choir—to make a more informed decision in grade 4.

Visual Arts (4-5)
While our secondary schools offer comprehensive visual art options through electives, MBUSD has not been able to provide visual arts curriculum to our elementary students since 2004. We are fortunate to have the volunteer-based Young at Art program to help introduce art in the classrooms through a variety of projects. This year, thanks to generous donations to the Wine Auction’s Paddle Raise, MBEF is able to fund a credentialed teacher to bring a comprehensive visual arts program structured around California’s content standards back to the classrooms.


$396,200 – 6% of Overall Funding

MBEF is proud to support credentialed physical education teachers at our elementary schools. PE teachers provide 100 minutes of high quality physical education and sportsmanship each week to all students in grades 1-5. In addition to the physical health benefits, research shows that physical activity can help children improve their concentration, memory, and classroom behavior.


$20,000 – 1% of Overall Funding

How well do our programs work? What shifts could we make in math, counseling and writing to strengthen our academic outcomes? MBEF invests in a small grant to give our District and MBEF the capacity to assess our programs, provide our educators with the data they need for improvements, and support our ability to make strategic, data-backed funding decisions.


$877,335 – 14% of Overall Funding

We have made signifi cant shifts in the way we teach writing and literacy in our schools. Without question, the introduction of Reading and Writing Workshop in our classrooms has set the stage for the instructional shifts in all other academic areas. Our continued commitment to strong literacy programs is reflected in the following grants:

Library Specialists (K-12)
Having access to a school library and knowing how to fi nd their way around provides endless discoveries for students. This grant funds seven Library Specialists—one for each of our fi ve elementary schools, as well as MBMS and Mira Costa. Library specialists ensure that our school libraries are open for students every hour that school is in session. In addition to maintaining the libraries, the specialists work with all grade levels to teach students research and media literacy skills to help them leverage resources and foster a passion for reading, learning and research that will serve them throughout their lives.

Literacy and Writing TOSA (K-12)
The manner in which we teach writing and literacy in schools has changed throughout our country. In every grade, what is taught is as important as how it is taught. MBEF funding helps ensure that each child’s curriculum keeps pace with the changing world by funding a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) to lead continuous improvement efforts throughout the District in this important area of growth.

Reading Specialists (K-5)
From Kindergarten through third grade, children learn to read, and then they read to learn. Reading competency and comprehension ensures our students are on the right track for learning. This grant funds fi ve credentialed teachers who work with students to increase reading profi ciency for children on the entire reading spectrum. The Reading Specialists also work with all elementary teachers to promote high quality reading instruction for all students in the classroom.


$927,561 – 15% of Overall Funding

If our students are to compete in the global economy and pursue expanding employment opportunities in science-related fields, they must have a solid K–12 STEM education. In addition to the focus on Common Core Math, our District has shifted to align with Next Generation Science Standards to provide a unique opportunity to further connect our current work with MakerSpace, Fab Lab, and Project Lead The Way. STEM grants include:

Instructional Technology TOSA (K-5)
As the interest and need for STEM curriculum continues, this grant allows for a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) dedicated to helping the District integrate innovative teaching and learning tools, such as MakerSpace, in grades K-5 at all elementary sites. The underlying goal of a successful MakerSpace is to empower students to see themselves as inventors, builders and creators, and to learn problem-solving through trial and error. These kinds of skills transfer well into 21st century jobs because Maker projects develop students’ ability to think creatively to visualize solutions. The TOSA will also help incorporate technology and other innovative tools into the elementary classroom. Having one districtwide lead creates synergy between the school sites and provides an opportunity for all K-5 students to explore these different learning opportunities.

MakerSpace Instructional Assistants (K-5)
Due to the tremendous success and demand for innovative lab experiences, our community has worked together to develop unique MakerSpace environments throughout our elementary schools. MakerSpace labs provide our students with an opportunity to learn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) skills. The “Maker” education style is a project-based, confidence-building way to teach and learn challenging concepts. MBEF funds MakerSpace Instructional Assistants who support program implementation by preparing materials, facilitating lessons, and organizing the Maker Labs.

Math Professional Development (K-12)
Both parents and teachers continue to prioritize math professional development during the transition to Common Core. MBEF will continue the work over the past three years by connecting our District with teacher-leaders who provide best practices and coaching for teachers. All math teachers will also benefi t from professional development from UC Irvine and UCLA throughout the year.

Math Teacher and Coach (6-8)
One of the challenge points for our students has been the transition from elementary to middle school math. To support Common Core implementation at the secondary level, MBEF funds a position that provides greater collaboration, expertise and guidance. This teacher-leader serves as a 6th grade math teacher and as a coach for other teachers, thereby reducing the ratio of students to teachers at this critical juncture.

Math Teacher-Leaders (9-12)
The transition to the Common Core State Standards in math three years ago was a dramatic shift in mathematics education in California. To build math leadership capacity, MBEF funds a 20% Algebra One Coach, 20% Geometry Coach, and 20% Algebra Two Coach. With one teacher-leader per course, these teachers can collaborate and coach their colleagues while also teaching those subjects. This type of focused coaching and support allows teachers to strengthen skills without leaving their classrooms.

Math TOSA (K-5)
Our TOSAs have historically provided specialized coaching in academic areas that require more attention and growth, such as literacy, science, technology and 21st Century Teaching and Learning. In response to the priorities of parents, MBEF will continue to fund a TOSA in math for grades K-5 to support the implementation of Common Core Math in the classroom.

Next Generation Science Standards Teacher-Leader (9-12)
Current best practices and teacher feedback indicate that modeling teaching practices in a “demonstration lab” is key to building a teacher’s capacity in the classroom. This model creates a better system through which our District can provide teachers with pathways for growth, without taking our best teachers out of the classroom. This year MBEF will continue to support a teacher-leader in science at MBMS to lead the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the classroom.

Science Lab Assistant (9-12)
The Science Lab Assistant at Mira Costa supports science teachers by making lab instruction organized, effi cient and innovative. In our state-of-the-art Math and Science building, the Lab Assistant helps teachers to strengthen student learning through hands-on projects and instruction.

Science Specialists (K-5)
This grant funds fi ve credentialed science teachers who provide all elementary students with hands-on lab experience and project-based learning opportunities that strengthen students’ passion for science. All fi ve teachers have participated in the Project Lead the Way training and will continue to infuse the curriculum with hands-on STEM projects that are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

STEM Based Electives (6-8)
MBEF supports additional units of STEM at the middle school, as well as additional course options in the STEM fi eld to meet the needs of MBMS students. In the 2018/19 school year, students will have the option to explore Robotics, Fab Lab and other STEM related electives in 7th and 8th grade.


$29,500 – 1% of Overall Funding

Teacher Innovation Grants (K-12)
MBEF supports the Teachers Driving Innovation (TDI) Grant Program for teachers and counselors throughout our District. Each TDI grant provides our educators with an opportunity to exercise their passion for teaching, develop ideas, collaborate with colleagues, and connect with the wealth of knowledge, expertise and talent within MBUSD. Past grants include the introduction of Makey Makeys to provide students with coding opportunities, live conversations with an astronaut in space, and the building of a solar powered boat at Mira Costa.

Teacher of the Year Awards (K-12)
Each year MBUSD recognizes one teacher from each school as the Teacher of the Year, and one of those teachers is selected as the districtwide Teacher of the Year. With this grant, made possible by an endowment fund sponsored by the Nickell Family, MBUSD’s seven Teachers of the Year receive a monetary reward. This is an exciting opportunity to award the teachers who do so much for our children every day.