By Rick La Plante, New Haven Schools Director of Parent and Community Relations
The East Bay Community Foundation, which during the past two years has granted the New Haven Unified School District more than $40,000 to support literacy programs, has awarded the District an additional $15,000.
The Foundation’s latest grant will enable New Haven Unified to provide another Summer Institute of training for kindergarten through second-grade teachers in Writers Workshop. A research-based approach to writing instruction, Writers Workshop has met with great success in the District since it was adopted in 2007-08.
“In the past three years, we’ve seen proof that helping children excel in writing, which is the highest competency of literacy, helps them improve in all academic areas,” Superintendent Kari McVeigh sad. “The East Bay Community Foundation has been a wonderful partner in enabling us to give our teachers and literacy coaches high-quality training in literacy instruction.
Acting on its strategic priority to ensure that very young children are successful in the education system through acquiring literacy and math skills – the fundamentals of learning – the East Bay Community Foundation last year granted New Haven Unified $25,000 to train kindergarten through second-grade teachers in Writers Workshop. Implemented in New Haven kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms in 2007-08, Writers Workshop was expanded to grades 3-5 in 2008-09 and to the middle schools in 2009-10.
In addition, the Foundation earlier provided grants of $11,000 and $5,000 to the District for literacy-related programs.
The East Bay Community Foundation (www.eastbaycf.org) connects community needs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties with individuals, families and organizations interested in charitable giving. The Foundation acts as a catalyst for change through leading initiatives, through advocacy and through partnerships with business, government and private foundations. Formed in 1928, the Foundation is a leading resource on charitable giving and community needs, stewarding more than 500 charitable funds and endowments.