Accelerating student success in the Common Core
Fourth and fifth grades are critical to students' longterm success in school. And only about 45 percent of third graders in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are reading at grade level, which makes fourth and fifth grades that much more difficult.
SVCF has been focused on Common Core implementation since 2013. This grantmaking strategy recognizes the need to support school districts during the implementation of more rigorous education standards by way of continuing education for teachers.
"We will focus on providing professional development for educators to be able to help students in grades four and five grasp the Common Core," says SVCF's Commuity Impact Officer, Erica Wood, "and that they do so using integrated instructional approaches that actually blend reading and literacy skills with developing math and science skills."
Upcoming grant opportunities
A schedule for grant opportunities in this strategy will be available in late 2017. SVCF will publish Request for Proposals on this page in March 2018. Learn about grant opportunities and other SVCF news by subscribing to our monthly eNewsletter.
SVCF's focus on supporting Silicon Valley nonprofits through this grantmaking strategy was announced in October 2017. Though SVCF has issued grants to nonprofits working on education initiatives in Silicon Valley previously, the specific focus has adapted over time, as the needs of the community have changed. The current focus on "Accelerating student success in the Common Core" resulted from an extensive, 18-month review of SVCF's discretionary grantmaking programs.
During the review process in 2016 and 2017, SVCF gathered feedback from diverse constituents and community members, had conversations with stakeholders and subject matter experts and discussed the issues with SVCF's board members. The information gathered through these interactions was analyzed thoroughly, and SVCF's board of directors approved the revised education strategy, along with four others, to guide SVCF's discretionary grantmaking for the next 5-7 years.