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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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PFAR Celebrates Giving Tuesday with PEF and PEN Check Presentations

Thank you Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS®! On Tuesday, December 3, aka Giving Tuesday, PFAR presented the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Pasadena Education Network a donation for our partnership in the PUSD Realtor Certification Program. This successful program has now certified more than 60 local realtors and provided them with the…...

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Thank you! Your support comes in many ways.

As we enter this season of thanks, we want to extend our gratitude to the community for supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation. We know great schools don’t just happen. Your dedication to our Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre public schools makes the difference. Support for PEF comes in many ways.…...

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Thank You TIAA’s Pasadena Office!

Thank you to TIAA’s Pasadena Office for supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Blair Middle School! As part of TIAA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, the Pasadena office partnered with the Pasadena Educational Foundation for the 2nd year for a back to school supply drive. More than 30 employees from the…...

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