What We Fund

OUR STORY

WHAT WE FUND

Toward the end of 2008, the Foundation’s Board of Directors approved a bold, new three-year strategic plan aimed at defining our goals and detailing the steps we will take to achieve them. Top amongst these goals is our commitment to funding, developing and evaluating impact-oriented, district-wide programs that enhance the educational achievement of all students.

IMPACT

To bring more focus to our grant-making, the Foundation worked with a variety of stakeholders (including PTAs, teachers, principals, school administrators and the local business community) to identify the more important areas where students needed help in the Carlsbad schools… and where it could make a real difference.

From these many roundtable discussions, our board approved three new impact areas to which we direct all of our fundraising and grant-making efforts:

DISTRICT-WIDE MUSIC

A wealth of research has proven that studying music can have a profound impact on student achievement across a range of subjects–from reading to math and more. Supported by this research, the Foundation believes that providing early exposure to music is critical for CUSD students.

The Foundation’s investments in district-wide music include:

Weekly core music instruction for all elementary school students
Thanks to annual grants from the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, totaling more than $200,000 per year, the Carlsbad Unified School District has been able, since 2009-2010 and for the first time in the recent past, to hire and train the teachers needed to offer weekly vocal and instrumental music classes at all nine CUSD elementary schools. This program serves 200 classrooms and nearly 5,000 students per year.

New musical instruments for all elementary schools
In 2010-2011, the Foundation provided $3,000 per elementary school to purchase critically needed instruments for use in the core music program.

Recorders for every fourth grader
Thanks to a grant from Asymtek and the Nordson Corporation Foundation, the Foundation was able to grant the funds needed to purchase 800 recorders for use by each and every CUSD fourth grade student.

Helping students mentor their younger peers
Carlsbad Educational Foundation has set up a special fund to cover transportation costs so that students in middle and high school can attend lower grades for musical assemblies and demonstrations…inspiring their younger peers to become more involved through the musical arts.

HANDS-ON SCIENCE

Funding district-wide hands-on science programs is a strategic priority for the Foundation. Whether preparing for college or the workforce, we know that Carlsbad students will require increasingly high levels of skill in science and math in order to succeed. We also know that experiential learning is powerful and lasting. We believe that we can have an enduring impact on students by providing them with opportunities to learn how to “think like scientists,” a skill that can benefit them in many realms of life.

The Foundation’s investments in hands-on science include:

  • Supporting FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Programs at all CUSD schools
  • Funding Science Olympiad programs at all three CUSD middle schools and Carlsbad High School
  • “Supercharging” our middle school science labs with lab supplies which engage students in hands-on science experiments
  • Completing essential middle and high school science lab repairs to ensure maximum equipment life and optimal performance
  • Funding directly from CEF to purchase new computers for all five science labs at Carlsbad High School, enabling a host of new hands-on activities that were not previously possible

Professional development in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for all CHS science teachers,
along with in-class technology training help keep lessons cutting-edge

A first-ever CHS Science Lab Teaching Assistant (TA) to assist in the preparation and implementation of hands-on labs for all high school students

New 4th and 5th grade science teachers
helping to bring hands-on science labs to our younger students

And more…!

EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION

Carlsbad Educational Foundation is committed to fostering innovation in education in the Carlsbad Unified School District. Teaching is excellent when it is innovative—when it is new or groundbreaking in the context of the school where it is being applied. Innovation in education can include the development of creative curriculum, use of existing resources in new ways, and the engagement of students in projects that expand or challenge traditional ways of teaching.

The Foundation’s investments in innovation include:

  • Support for participation of all CUSD fifth graders in Junior Achievement’s BizTown experience
  • Funding to bring the Lux Art Institute’s “Valise Project” to all CUSD sixth grade classrooms
  • Tuition and transportation for every third grader to attend the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s “Academy for Environmental Stewardship” each year
  • An iPad Pilot Project through which 16 CHS teachers and nearly 200 CHS students are using new technology in the context of classroom learning
  • My Access, an English-writing program being implemented with all 2,600 middle school students and a pilot group of 250 high school students, and
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Jefferson Elementary