$125,000 of this grant supports the ART of TEACHING program, which will provide professional development training in mathematics for nine teachers and create mentor teachers in two of our CCUSD schools. Each of these teachers will receive approximately 130 hours of training to further develop their pedagogical repertoire. These teachers are also a part of the Mathematics Leadership Corps (MLC), a collaboration between CCUSD, the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, and Loyola Marymount University, with support from the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation, Louis L. Borick Foundation, and California Community Foundation. MLC provides two research-based professional development programs: the ART of TEACHING for elementary schools and LMU’s Center for Math and Science Teaching for secondary schools. Working with these programs will enable teachers throughout our district to develop more resources for engaging their pupils in math, thus increasing student interest, knowledge, understanding and success.
The remaining $30,000 of the grant will help CCEF pay for two annual independent audits (audits are a critical requirement for many major grant applications) and will enable us to license and implement a new donor-tracking database. This will help us build our capacity so that we can generate even more funding for our Culver City schools in the years to come.
CCEF thanks the California Community Foundation and everyone involved for giving our teachers this incredible opportunity.