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PEF Selected as Host for Mark Cuban Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp

The Mark Cuban Foundation’s Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp Initiative Teaches AI Concepts to Underserved High School Students through a 4-Saturday Bootcamp APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! PASADENA, CA — Pasadena Educational Foundation will host a Mark Cuban Foundation Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bootcamp for high school students in the Fall of 2022 at Caltech…...

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PUSD Proud Update: Ethnic Studies Recognized by UC System

A team of Pasadena Unified School District experts has been recognized by the University of California for the establishment of an Ethnic Studies course in our high schools. The course was created to broaden the perspective of American history available to our students and was funded in part by grants…...

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Más Puentes Menos Muros / More Bridges Less Walls

Reflections on a multidisciplinary art project at Blair High School By Sehba Sarwar One by one students’ names pop-up in Webex boxes on my computer screen. No one turns on their cameras, but in the chat, greetings appear: Buenos dias! and Hola! The only two visible faces are mine and…...

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Tenacity & Ancient Artifacts at Eliot Arts

by Marleni Jimenez, PEF Development Manager We know that not all superheroes wear capes. And when our world was flipped upside down, we witnessed the tenacity, steadfast commitment, and creativity of our teachers as they worked to ensure that our students continued to learn. As I walked into the opening…...

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ArtCenter and PEF Design Partnership Receives NEA Grant

ArtCenter College of Design Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Introduce Design into K-12 Education Pasadena Unified Teachers Learn Design Skills to Apply in the Classroom and Students Discover New Career Pathways in Art and Design Fields   Pasadena, Calif. – ArtCenter College of Design is pleased to announce…...

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First Time in 17 Years – Thanks to You!

This New Year’s morning we woke up to something extra special! The Pasadena Unified All-Star Band marched in the 2022 Tournament of Roses Parade for the first time in 17 years. The band is just one of the many things you make possible with your support of the Pasadena Educational…...

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2021 Year In Review: Your Support Made A Difference

As we wind down 2021, everyone at PEF is grateful for the support of our donors, volunteers, and partners. You have enabled us to do great things for our public school community this year. Together we make an impactful difference in the lives of our students and families. Thank you…...

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TIAA’s 4th Annual Back to School Supply Drive

PEF is grateful to join forces with partners and give back to our community. To start the season of giving, employees from TIAA, TIAA bank, and nuveen™ donated more than 1,300 school supplies, and TIAA matched their gifts for a total of more than 2,600 items to students at Washington…...

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Introducing the ArtCenter Design Fellowship

The Pasadena Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the second annual ArtCenter Design Fellowship in partnership with ArtCenter College of Design, ArtCenter Extension (ACX), and the Pasadena Unified School District. This opportunity introduces teachers to design-based thinking and a number of art and design disciplines that can be used in…...

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Training America’s Next Generation of AI Leaders

The Pasadena Educational Foundation, Caltech, and JPL teamed up with the Mark Cuban Foundation to host a free, 4-week Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp for Pasadena Unified high school students. Program was held at the Caltech campus and featured special guest speakers and lab exercises conducted by JPL mentors: Valentino Constantinou, Chris…...

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