Office of the Superintendent
EL SEGUNDO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
2017-2018 EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION GRANT REQUEST
The El Segundo Unified School District, with vital support from the Educational Foundation, continues to be a leader in transforming education and inspiring student success. Through its generous annual contribution to innovative programs, the Educational Foundation impacts the future of every ESUSD student. All funding supports 21st Century Learning Skills and California Common Core State Standards, thus preparing our students for success in higher education and the workplace.
Students need specific knowledge in core subjects as well as an understanding of such 21st Century themes as global awareness; financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy; health literacy; and environmental literacy. Education must go beyond the three R’s of yesterday to encompass a range of skills that will help students function as productive citizens who are health conscious, appreciative of the arts, and award of the importance of good manners and skills.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
International Baccalaureate, The Middle Years Programme ($20,000), a globally recognized educational framework designed develop students as inquirers, risk-takers, and communicators who are empowered to create change, continues with high honors at El Segundo Middle School. With the program in place, ESMS has earned the Gold Ribbon School Award, the Golden Bell Award, and the Civic Learning Award of Merit. ESMS has become a model program visited by prospective schools around the state and world. Funding will be used for Official IB Training for administrators and teachers, development of real world units of study and assessments and other IB costs.
Junior Achievement – Financial Literacy ($8,000) inspires and prepares students to succeed in a global economy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement educates students about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. The program helps prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create job to make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. As a result, students are equipped to effectively manage their futures and contribute to society.
Robotics ($38,000) continues to grow in popularity with students in grades 6 – 12 at both the middle school and high school level. This ongoing program allows students to “think outside the box,” as well as network with like-minded students. Students find themselves depending on one another for problem solving, collaboration, communication, and developing a tireless work ethic to support the rigors of the program. Students engage in enterprise dedicated to building a functioning robot to enter into competitions, as well as showing up prepared to brainstorm “on the spot” to solve complex problems handed to the team by the judges with as little as one hour to solve the problem. One important aspect of the Robotics program is the level of support and mentorships by Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Los Angeles Air Force Base and other aerospace companies, with professional engineers and scientists laboring shoulder to shoulder with dedicated students late into the night to ready them for competitions. The Robotics Program has competed and placed strongly in several major competitions. They were the statewide winner in the Chevron Design Challenge for California and won the Mentor’s Award at the Real World Design Challenge National Championship in Washington, D.C.
Computer Science ($85,000) funding will allow both Richmond Street and Center Street to provide a uniform curriculum, which includes coding, for all K – 5 elementary students with integration of the International Technology Standards. Instructional assistants at each school will collaborate with teachers to implement lessons that are integrated into all subject areas and aligned with California Common Core State Standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards. It is particularly important that every student be adept in utilizing technology in order to be successful on the new standardized state testing, which is taken on a computer or tablet.
Biomedical Sciences Pathway (Project Lead the Way) ($100,000) moves into Year 4. The rigorous and relevant four-course sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Each course in the Biomedical Science sequence builds on the skills and knowledge that students gain in the preceding courses. In the final course, students design innovative solutions for pressing health challenges of the 21st century. The curriculum is specifically designed to create hands-on experiences to give students real world exposure to scores of different careers supporting medicine – one of the fields trended to undergo the largest explosion of career opportunities in the next several decades. Jobs in the medical field are predicted to grow 27% as opposed to other sector job growth of 17% by 2020. Students will be exposed to guest speakers, integrated lesson plans requiring not just critical thinking but also collaboration and communication, while using creativity to solve medical problems embedded into the exciting curriculum.
Math Coaches K-5 (Cotsen) ($90,000) strategically provides intensive mentoring over two years. We offer fellowships to a handful of teachers within a school, giving them a full-time mentor and useful resources for studying and perfecting their craft.
The ART of TEACHING mentoring program is unique. It is designed for the teachers who are often ignored by the school system because they are so effective and do not require intervention. It is designed to enable those with the most potential to become the very best in their profession. The ART of TEACHING promotes excellence because excellence in teaching is what every child needs. Teacher fellows and mentors have access to professional development through Cotsen throughout their lifetime.
Middle School Foreign Language ($240,000) knowing that learning a foreign language is critical to communication skills, international mindedness, intercultural understanding, and competitiveness in the job market, ESUSD aims to educate all students in Spanish beginning as early as 6th grade. Students use the evidence-based IB model to teach Spanish as a foreign language which enables students to advance to high levels of Spanish in high school. New for 2017-18, Spanish will be full-year courses at ESMS, rather than half-year (A/B) courses.
“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
Joseph Chilton Pearse
ESUSD K – 12 Music/Vocal Program ($208,000) is a direct reflection of creativity, self-expression, appreciation for beauty and honing of talent. Students at the elementary level eagerly look forward to the music hour incorporated into the weekly curriculum. All students at all levels enthusiastically support the performing arts aspects of the programs where they learn to collaborate and communicate while performing and presenting themselves to the public in a composed and professional manner. The music program is one that lends itself to the greatest amount of articulation and collaboration among school sites and grade levels. The elementary choirs include 140 students who perform with the district-wide Songfest as well as entertain at community events. At the high school and middle school levels students participate in regional and national competitions and events. The Eagles’ Nest Preschool Music Program is an opportunity for three and four-year-old students to participate in the “Music ‘n Motion” program, setting a foundation for future grade levels.
The Middle School Strings Program ($16,000) is an extraordinary program for those students who have a passion for orchestra. ESMS offers three levels of Strings: Beginning, Orchestra, and Chamber which allows students a progression for growth and excellence.
Orchestra and Instruments Program ($22,000) has expanded to the high school and continues to grow. The Strings and Orchestra courses provide an unparalleled opportunity for the very serious musician to advance his/her skills.
Band Director (80,000) will continue the statewide success and continue to strengthen and grow our music pathway for instrumental music. A credentialed music teacher will continue working with the middle school and high school to lead and instruct a competitive marching band.
Musical Instruments ($10,000) will give students continued access to the instrument of their choice to create ample opportunities for all budding musicians to participate in the arts.
Musical Production/Technology ($32,000) in its fourth year continues to appeal to our “electronica” musical enthusiasts at the middle school level. Students have the opportunity to create, produce, perform and compile complex layered musical creations in a more modern technologically driven module as an outlet of self-expression. They collaborate to develop unique communication and music.
Elementary Art Instruction ($41,000) this year we have taken the beautiful art program lead by parent docents and have grown the program by partnering with an outside company to help ensure students in all grades can create and reflect upon what they’ve produced, construct meaning through art, and understand historical and cultural influences, as well as the significance of art in their lives. All elementary students will have access to uniform art experiences and instruction through our partnership with a standards aligned art program.
Arena Art Instruction ($8,000) at the continuation high school provides new opportunities and outlets for at-risk students. A 2005 report by the Rand Corporation about the visual arts argues that the intrinsic pleasures and stimulation of the art experience do more than sweeten an individual’s life — according to the report, they “can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing,” creating the foundation to forge social bonds and community cohesion. What better way to bring our most vulnerable students back into the fold.
“…effective communication requires more than an exchange of information. When done right, communication fosters understanding, strengthens relationships, improves teamwork, and builds trust.”
Liz Papadopoulos, OCT
“Let’s Chat”, Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers, March 2014
High School and Middle School Drama ($18,000) exposes students to a world of communication strategies including public speaking, text analysis, dramatic interpretation and analysis of subliminal messages buried in context. Creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills are all integrated into the fabric of the drama program, allowing students to develop their own voice, world-view and a safe place for self-expression. In addition, the local community is able to witness another exceptional ESUSD program through a stellar lineup of performances.
Literacy Programs ($10,000) at both elementary schools provide a safety net for struggling readers and English language learners through the expertise of literacy teachers and instructional assistants. The literacy teachers also play a vital role in professional development for all elementary teachers and instructional assistants. The District will provide primary funding for this program as it meets targeted intervention purpose for the Local Control Funding Formula.
ESHS Counselor, 10th Grade Stipends ($10,000) allows the parents of every single 10th grade student to have a personal planning session with their child’s counselor to help map out the a career/college plan for the path to graduation.
ESMS Counselors ($120,000) assist students in navigating difficult waters during a critical point in their education. Middle school can be a pivotal point in adolescence. The counselor not only serves as an academic advisor but also helps students in the process of young adulthood where the social and emotional stresses can be overwhelming. Programs are designed to help students inside and outside of the classroom.
ESHS Counselor ($80,000) High school counselors serve as a communication life-line for students and the outside world at the most important juncture of their lives – preparing for college or career futures. Helping students learn how to prepare college applications, present their best selves on paper and in person, help students through the trauma of college acceptance letter, vocational career choices, over-crowded junior college courses, is an indispensable part of a young person’s link to their futures.
Librarians ($130,000) are provided in partnership with the City of El Segundo. The school library is central to learning and the school librarian is essential to the daily operation of the school library. School librarians make a difference to students’ understanding and achievement and provide support for teaching and learning throughout the school. The school librarian is an important part of the school community and reflects and welcomes this community.
Our librarians facilitate engagement with all kinds of reading, cultural activities, access to information, knowledge building, deep thinking and lively discussion. Through Ed! the library services have been restored to allow students access to the library five days per week at all comprehensive campuses.
“Collaboration is the new competition.”
Business journalist, author and international speaker
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination ($10,000) is a school-wide ESHS program for grades 9 – 12 designed to maximize students’ academic potential through skill building for success. The support the ESEF provides, allows approximately 120 students from diverse backgrounds to learn personal responsibility, take ownership of their work ethic, and develop and implement written and communication skills across the curriculum. AVID also exposes these underserved students to the reality of a college education enriching their lives – often the very first generation to enjoy such luxury. Yearly excursions to college campuses create a visceral connection to a reality long elusive to them. The District will provide primary funding for this program as it meets targeted intervention purpose for the Local Control Funding Formula.
Link Crew & Where Everyone Belongs ($10,000) is a highly defined and structured transitional leadership program that engages the incoming 6th and 9th graders in exciting and purposeful activities, introducing students not just to their new campus, but also introducing them to and pairing them with well-trained upper classmate mentors. This in turn models behaviors and social and academic skills integral to learning how to self-regulate and self-manage in difficult times, and helps embed structured discipline for academic achievement. Research indicates that students who transition from schools in a structured and supportive environment enjoy a higher level of success, both emotionally and academically. Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) is modeled after Link crew for incoming 6th graders to help in their transition and sense of belonging.
Elementary PE Teachers for grades 1 – 5 ($114,000) allow students to learn to work in collaborative and supportive groups, negotiate leadership positions, communicate verbally and via body language. Instruction encourages fairness and positive citizenship, imbues compassion and competitiveness. Students learn life-long, healthful habits and skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
Program Total: $1,500,000