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Our Work

Focusing our Efforts on the Immediate Needs of Our Community

Pasadena Educational Foundation’s annual Celebrating Our Schools event will be postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. PEF’s Board of Directors and staff have decided instead to focus our efforts on helping our Pasadena Unified community by providing resources for the immediate needs of those most affected. We encourage you…...

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A Message to our Summer Enrichment Program Parents

We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation in our community and around the world, this is an unprecedented time for everyone. The Pasadena Educational Foundation has been committed to supporting our public schools, students, teachers, and families for almost 50 years. Our mission guides us as we closely…...

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A message from PEF on our COVID-19 Response

Greetings from your friends at the Pasadena Educational Foundation. As you are certainly aware, beginning today, Pasadena Unified schools have been closed for instruction, and students are at home, continuing their learning remotely. Our PUSD colleagues are hard at work implementing this transition from in-person to remote instruction. We at PEF…...

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Teacher Grants Spotlight: Nurturing Communication Skills with STEM and Storytelling

by Brianna Chu Technology can be used for many different purposes, not just scientific ones. Washington Elementary STEM Magnet third grade teacher, Janice Sandberg, thought it would be great for her third grade class to collaborate with the kindergarten class to create their own stories by coding using KIBO. KIBO…...

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Teacher Grants: Chemistry in Action at Pasadena High School

by Brianna Chu Pasadena High School chemistry teacher Roger Baar wanted a way to physically demonstrate an essential technique in chemistry – determining melting points of elements – to his five chemistry classes. To do so, he purchased two melting stations with which his classes could perform labs. These melting…...

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Teacher Grants: Adventures in 2D and 3D Art Techniques

by Brianna Chu Art instructor Violeta Lerma wanted to branch out into different art media with her students, so she introduced watercolor Impressionism and basket weaving into her curriculum with support from her PEF Teacher Grant. The first new assignment incorporated Impressionist and watercolor techniques into a landscape painting, allowing…...

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Teacher Grants: Reading Matter(s)

Reading Matter(s) with La Libreria and the Blair Dual Language Immersion Program by Brianna Chu The value of books and reading is never underestimated by teachers, and their impact on Blair’s dual language immersion program perfectly demonstrates the power of a good book. Teacher Elizabeth Najera for Blair’s Dual Language…...

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Teacher Grants: Raising Rainbow Trout for Project STREAM

Reconnecting an increasingly urbanized population of youth to the systems of streams, rivers, and watersheds that sustain them. by Brianna Chu At Sierra Madre Middle School, science teacher Ravi Dev Anandhan (aka Mr. Dev) wanted to help his students better connect with the concepts of water quality and ecosystems, especially…...

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Spreading Holiday Cheer with the Center for Student and Family Services

by Brianna Chu Christmas is one of the most highly anticipated times of the year, but can also serve as a source of stress for struggling families, especially concerning presents. The Families in Transition (FIT) program, based at the Pasadena Unified School District’s Center for Student and Family Services (CSFS),…...

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PEF Awards $200,000 to PUSD Teachers & Principals

The Pasadena Educational Foundation was founded in 1971 by the late teacher Jarratt Brunson to support Pasadena Unified School District schools. Jarratt wanted to dole out grants to community educators for special projects not covered in school budgets, and from there the Teacher Grant Program was born. For the past…...

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