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Teacher Grants

Our Community’s Generosity Has Strengthened and Inspired Us

Thank you! Our heartfelt thanks to our community for your support and all that you have made possible for our Pasadena Unified students and teachers. Throughout this challenging time, the generosity of our donors, volunteers, and partners has strengthened and inspired us. Here are just some of the ways your…...

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Teacher Grant Photo Gallery 2020

We Celebrated Our Teacher Grants with a Parade Our amazing 2020-21 PEF Teacher Grant winners decorated their cars and received their awards at the first-ever teacher celebratory parade in front of the PUSD district headquarters building. This year, 181 educators received awards representing 124 unique proposals from every school in…...

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Media Release: PEF Presents $140,000 in Grants to PUSD Teachers at Parade Celebration

Pasadena Educational Foundation Presents $140,000 in Grants to Pasadena Unified School District Teachers at Parade Celebration More than 100 teachers joined the parade in decorated cars to receive their awards. PASADENA, CA – Pasadena Unified (PUSD) teachers and principals received $140,000 in grants thanks to the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF),…...

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Teacher Grants Celebration 2020

WE CELEBRATED OUR TEACHER GRANTS WITH A PARADE Our amazing 2020-21 PEF Teacher Grant winners decorated their cars and received their awards at the first-ever teacher celebratory parade in front of the PUSD district headquarters building. This year, 181 educators received awards representing 124 unique proposals from every school in…...

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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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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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