SRVEF contributes to a variety of programs that are both organic (Imagineering) and existing, such the Science and Math Initiatives, benefiting all children within the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF) offered Summer Imagineering Classes throughout the San Ramon Valley. We w offered 14 classes, ranging from 4-12 hours. Class offerings included interesting topics such as forensic science, 3D printing, robotics and biotechnology. These highly popular classes offered students hands-on opportunities to be introduced to engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) lessons. The classes were offered at various locations and times during June and July for SRVUSD students in grades 4th to 7th as of Fall 2015 (current 4th to 7th) unless otherwise noted. Please visit the Imagineering page to view our fall course offerings.
Scholarships for Imagineering Summer ClassesStudents who are eligible for free and reduced lunches may qualify for scholarships for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation’s (SRVEF) summer Imagineering classes. This past summer we were able to provide 32 scholarships due to generous funding from Workday.
Science InitiativeFor the past 8 years, The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation has funded the K-12 Science Initiative that has increased science literacy for all students and increased the number of students who pursue careers in mathematics, science and engineering. Through the purchase of materials, funding for science fairs and field trips and professional development for our 23 science specialists in the district, we have made great progress toward these goals. In their inaugural year as participants in the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair, students from the SRVUSD completed a remarkable sweep of the Grand Sweepstakes Awards in both the junior and senior divisions. SRVUSD students captured the top three awards in both divisions, qualifying them to participate in both the California State Science Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The six winners led an impressive overall showing by SRVUSD students that included 113 place winners and award recipients.
The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation invests heavily in professional development for math teachers in our district. We believe math is a subject any child can excel in when given the proper instruction. In 2016, SRVEF invested $140,000 in professional development to help teachers prepare students to perform well in the annual CAASP exam. Results are in and our investment was a good one!
School GrantsThis past spring we awarded $43,700 in school grants as part of our Educator Grant Awards program. The goal was to encourage collaboration at a school site and to challenge schools to touch all of their students with this grant money. The Grant application submission window is closed for school year 2014-15.
Individual Educator Grant ProgramIn addition to our school grants, we awarded an additional $48,000 to individual teachers who applied for classroom grants for everything from technology to classroom supplies to professional development. Grants were evaluated based on relevance, the number of students touched, and attention to 21st Century Learning in the classroom. We are very proud of our educators and the effort they put into preparing our children to be competitive in this rapidly changing environment.