RAVENSWOOD EDUCATION FOUNDATION Making a Difference
The Ravenswood Education Foundation (REF) is committed to ensuring equitable and high-quality educational opportunities for Ravenswood students by building on local strengths and engaging the entire community.
Welcome back to the '18-'19 school year in Ravenswood. I am excited to see our school campuses once again filled with the bright and eager faces of our students.
With a record $3.9MM raised last year, this year the Ravenswood Education Foundation will continue to fund art and music teachers, Makerspaces, science labs, summer school, mental health counselors, a guidance counselor, professional development and teacher leader stipends. Additionally, we will build on last year’s successful pilot and fund a reading intervention teacher at every school to provide the intensive support needed to help more of our students read at grade level. We truly could not do this work without you.
During this coming year, there are many ways you can support our Ravenswood students:
1) Donate to our Annual Campaign. Look out for our Annual Report mailed mid-September. Your donations help us provide grants to the school district to hire the necessary teachers, guidance counselors and staff for our initiatives. As always, REF holds the district accountable for the delivery and impact of all programs as we monitor progress and outcomes.
2) Volunteer. We have many ways you can help. Please email Jazmin for more information on any of the items below.
Adopt-a-Teacher pairs volunteers with teachers to provide critical classroom supplies. Join us for coffee on September 6th at 9am to learn more.
Adopt-a-School is a meaningful way to support teachers with staff appreciation meals twice a year.
Our libraries, science labs, and Makerspaces always need volunteers and corporate partners to provide our students with exposure to experiences and connections.
We welcome one-time volunteer efforts, and drives for specific needs in our community.
3) Attend our Gala. Our signature fundraising event of the year will be held at the Four Seasons on Saturday, March 2, 2019. If you would like to host a table, donate a live auction item or wines, or support the event in any way, please email our Gala co-hosts, Emily Lopez and Sarah Speakman. There will be an informational coffee for potential new table hosts on October 17th at 10am.
4) Attend an Informational Gathering. Throughout the fall we will host some insight events to share our successes and challenges, and offer you a chance to hear from people on the ground who are impacting student lives each day. Please let Jazmin know if you are interested in attending or hosting one of these smaller events.
While the district faces challenges, we at REF remain wholeheartedly focused on students. These children do not access Tinsley, charters, or private schools, but they deserve art, music, science, specialist literacy instruction, mental health support, and technology opportunities. We cannot let them down.
Here’s to a great year ahead! Warmly,
Renu Nanda Executive Director, Ravenswood Education Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to Oracle for inviting the Ravenswood Education Foundation to be a part of its Focus on Education showcase! Oracle employees were happy to learn about REF and our exciting volunteer opportunities.
If you're interested in volunteering with REF, please check out upcoming volunteer opportunities at our Volunteer page.
May 2017 CASSPP test scores reveal that 15% of Ravenswood 3rd graders read at grade level. Why are so many children not reaching this milestone? Ravenswood students face greater challenges than students in surrounding communities that make it hard for them to perform at their best in school.
In partnership with the Ravenswood City School District, REF is investing in reading intervention teachers. In 2016, REF introduced reading intervention teachers for third through fifth grade students. REF committed $200,000 to support two reading intervention teachers for the 2017-18 school year. The school district matched this investment with two additional teachers.
The teachers spend 50% of their time working with small groups of 3rd - 5th graders - about 50 students per year per teacher - to pinpoint problems and provide interventions for struggling readers, with the specific goal of raising their reading levels to meet grade level standards. The other 50% of their time, they coach English teachers to improve instruction the first time around to all students in a school.
Thus far in the 2017-18 school year, results are promising. The reading levels of students who received small group instruction grew at a faster rate than students who did not participate in small group instruction. These results demonstrate a step in the right direction!
For the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, REF will support an additional three reading intervention teachers, for a total of seven in the district.
Join us on this important mission to ensure that our students are prepared for high school and beyond with a strong foundation in reading. Contact us at email@example.com.
Dear REF Community, We are deeply grateful to our entire community for what we have achieved together this year!
Because of you, the Ravenswood Education Foundation . . .
Met our incredible $100,000 matching gift, and raised more funds than ever during this year's fall campaign.
Transformed the school day for all of our 2900 kindergarten through eighth grade students with time for teacher collaboration, 14 art and music teachers, a high school transition initiative, and middle school science labs.
Helped meet the needs of our displaced and homeless families with washers and dryers at schools, basic supplies for families, and mental health counseling for students at each site.
Encouraged innovation with Makerspacefunding for Tinkerers and tech materials at all school sites.
Supported eight schools and principals with a new SchoolLink program, teacher appreciation events, funding for school community events, and over 250 adopt-a-teacher, science lab, Makerspace, and library volunteers. Promoted reading proficiency with funding for new literacy intervention teachers at four school sites and support for summer school for 600 students.
Thank you for being part of our wonderful community and in the words of Gregory Boyle, author of Barking to the Choir, "widening your 'loving look' at what's right in front of [you]."