EXCELLENCE & EQUITY
Over the past several years, PEF has engaged with our stakeholders to develop a new mission statement, vision statement, and 6 strategic priorities based on the needs of our students and how PEF is uniquely positioned to work alongside PUSD to address these needs.
We are excited to introduce our 2023-2027 Strategic Plan.
EQUITY IN EDUCATION
⇒ Equity in education means that no matter a student’s background, language, race, economic profile, gender, learning capability, disability or family history, each student has the opportunity to get the support and resources they need to achieve their educational goals.
Working to achieve excellence
and equity in all PUSD schools
All PUSD will thrive in district schools that are models of excellence for high-quality teaching and learning with equitable resources and opportunities
♦ Support the district to create an environment that attracts and retains high-quality teachers and leaders particularly teachers and leaders of color
♦ Promote social and emotional wellness by focusing on school climate and community
♦ Support the district in meeting one or more academic benchmarks3. Support the district in meeting one or more academic benchmarks
♦ Elevate programs that provide equitable opportunities in arts, athletics, after school, accelerated, and expanded learning
♦ Optimize technology for high-quality teaching and learning
♦ Respond to changing circumstances, needs, and opportunities
To guide our actions, benchmarks, and fundraising we have developed four focus areas for each strategic priority.
These are the pillars on which our strategic plan is built:
Strategic Alignment, Community Building, Programs & Projects, and Voice & Agency.
Aligning with district stakeholders, internal and external, so that we are focused and committed to achieving a shared vision.
Fostering connections and creating infrastructures that build trust, engagement, and amplify our mission.
PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
Developing, aligning, executing, and expanding programs and projects connected to strategic priorities.
VOICE & AGENCY
Elevating the voices of our school community and giving students voice, responsibility, and ownership of their learning.
What do we want to do and how do we want to do it.
ATTRACT AND RETAIN HIGH-QUALITY TEACHERS AND LEADERS
Develop opportunities, resources, and
connections to create teacher pipelines
Educate and engage community to decrease
perception gap of PUSD schools
Recognize, showcase, and celebrate
PUSD’s diverse workforce
Increase support for current and prospective
teachers and leaders
Amplify teacher voices
Support the district to create an environment that attracts and retains high-quality teachers and leaders particularly teachers and leaders of color
PROMOTE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS
Promote social and emotional wellness by focusing on school climate and community
Support Community School practices at every school
Support and deepen cross-communication with partners,students, parents, and staff
Support evidence-based programs that champion
the whole child
Elevate student voices
MEET SPECIFIC ACADEMIC BENCHMARKS
Create and execute a framework for working with PUSD to better support academics with goals and benchmarks
Establish and enhance meaningful relationships to address common challenges and leverage resources collaboratively
Adopt an annual improvement project with PUSD
Convene and connect stakeholders
Support the district in meeting one or more academic benchmarks
ADDRESS GAPS & EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES
Support the district to create an Elevate programs that provide equitable opportunities in arts, athletics, after school, accelerated, and expanded learning
Coordinate with PUSD leadership to support and augment their efforts by developing an inventory of resources and regularly assessing gaps
Cultivate new and existing relationships to develop and
sustain innovative and equitable programs
Incubate small pilot projects at schools then
help scale up the effective ones
Partner with families, parent groups, and community to assess needs, develop programs, and ensure equity
OPTIMIZE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
Collaboratively assess resource needs and utilization with PUSD focusing on gaps in opportunity,
access, and equity
Increase student opportunities and connections within
our tech community
Provide technology and data training opportunities so all teachers know how to use data and technology to improve student outcomes
Build a network of community partners who are working on the “next big thing” to inform on a practical and visionary level
Optimize technology for high-quality teaching and learning
RESPOND TO CHANGE
Be responsive to changing circumstances, needs, and opportunities
As the past few years of adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic have proven, effective strategy and implementation mean finding a balance between maintaining a consistent strategic focus and adapting to changing circumstances.
The Pasadena Educational Foundation was established in 1971 in response to change. The court-ordered desegregation of the Pasadena Unified School District, mandatory busing, and the flight of families opposed to school integration created a need for an independent organization to support the community’s public schools.
The last five decades has seen an evolving set of challenges, organizational growth, and successes. PEF has continued to adapt and respond to the changing needs, circumstances, and opportunities in our schools and community, whether by raising money, recruiting volunteers, or by expanding student opportunities through incubating and managing new projects.
By remaining nimble, PEF will continue to be able to respond to immediate and unforseen needs, changing circumstances,and new opportunties in our district.
Join Our Community
There are many meaningful ways for members of our community to join with PEF and support our schools.
GIVE: Donate, honor a teacher, or memorialize another with a gift.
VOLUNTEER: Help support PEF initiatives, community meetings, and activities.
SPONSOR: Support an event, a program, or grants to teachers.
PARTNER: Partners collaborate with PEF to provide expertise, funding, resources, and people power to help make programs and activities happen.