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Oral Storytellers Inspire with the Help of PVF’s Artist in the Classroom Program

In a 1st and 2nd grade classroom at Glenview Elementary in Oakland, students are discovering the art of oral storytelling. Students are learning how to command a stage, use tone and gestures to captivate an audience, and effectively communicate stories. … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Meeting Future Leaders in Math and Science at SMASH

I recently visited the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), a program run by the Level Playing Field Institute. The program works with high achieving, low-income high school students of color. SMASH scholars spend five weeks each summer on … Continue reading

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Impact in the Community: One Teacher Grant Recipient Expresses Her Appreciation

We are thrilled to have our donors renew funding for our immediate response teacher grant programs for the 2013-2014 school year. These funds provide much-needed support to areas like field trips, special education, science, math, and the arts at public … Continue reading

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Where Are Bill and James? Going Back to School with Aim High

Bill and I visited the Aim High summer program at the Urban Promise Academy this week. Aim High offers a summer learning program to low-income middle school students. Their aim is to intervene during middle school years in order to … Continue reading

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PVF’s After School Grants Program Supports a Diverse Range of Engaging Outlets for Youth

Having recently wrapped up its 5th year, PVF’s After School Grants Program was as successful as ever during the 2012-2013 school year. Within a four month period in fall, we awarded 41 grants totaling $92,000. These grants, which aim to … Continue reading

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Inspiring Feedback from Arts Resource Grant Recipients

Each school year, PVF’s Arts Resource Grants are awarded to K-8 public school teachers looking to inject creativity into their classrooms. This year, more than 60 grants were given to classrooms in select Southern San Mateo and Northern Santa Clara … Continue reading

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A Warm Welcome from Lighthouse Community Charter

Each day, PVF receives thank you letters and photographs from the countless teachers and students who benefit from our teacher resource grants. These thank you notes remind us of why our immediate-response grants are so beneficial for classrooms that are … Continue reading

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PVF’s Mathematics Resource Program Offers Grants to Build a Stronger Foundation for the Future

Exposure to mathematical principals at an early age can help forge a path for future mathematics and scientific learning. According to a report by the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, students should reach mathematics milestones every few years in order to … Continue reading

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Encouraging the Creative Mind through Our Arts Resource Program

When a nine year old considers the Earth and nature, the idea that the Earth’s natural materials – sticks, seeds, dirt – can be used to create art does not typically come to mind. Yet a stick can make an … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Talking About Scholarships For Low-Income Youth with QuestBridge’s David Hunter

Here is a thorny question: how does one encourage bright students from low-income backgrounds to apply to top tier universities? To learn about the issue, I visited David Hunter of QuestBridge, an organization that is working to tackle the issue … Continue reading

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