Farewell to SVEF | Sept. 11, 2017

Dear SVEF Family,

September 4, 2001 was no ordinary day. It was the day we started building something special. We didn’t have much of a budget, many staff members, or even a facility—but we had parents and teachers who believed in us. Back then SVEF was the Franklin McKinley Education Foundation. We worked out of a trailer surrounded by a barbed wire fence, and few thought we’d amount to much of anything. Fast-forward 16 years and SVEF sits in a state of the art facility, we’ve raised over $100 million dollars, we have a team that’s as good as any tech company in Silicon Valley, and we’ve impacted tens of thousands of children and families. The donors, SVEF’s board, our Staff, and our partners all played critical roles in our success. But I have a special place in my heart for our parents, students, and teachers.

Verily, my greatest gratitude is to our parents, students, and teachers. You trusted us to provide a voice for education in Silicon Valley and beyond. You trusted SVEF with me at the helm to integrate education technology into our schools. As we catapult into the 21st century, education technology has changed the way students learn. You trusted us to come into your schools, your classrooms, and even your homes and together we accelerated student achievement. Your children were the early adopters in true Silicon Valley fashion. They gave up their summers, evenings, and weekends to improve themselves, and to improve our Elevate[Math] curriculum. My faith teaches about the priceless value of charity that is ongoing—and the sacrifices your children made will contribute ongoing benefits to young children for generations. On a personal level, as my twins Dania and Momin enter the first grade, the investments your children made will directly impact them in every year of their schooling going forward. Words cannot express my gratitude to you for your trust, collaboration, and time.

Every so often you get to build something special in life, and I can say with confidence that we’ve built something truly special at SVEF. We received countless accolades for our service, including special recognition from President Obama at a White House reception. And while there’s never a right time to leave, after 16 years I’m confident this is the right time to transition and apply what I have learned from all of you to new challenges. While I am resigning as President and CEO of SVEF, I’ll never truly be apart from the SVEF family. Our organization is strong, sound, and has consistently upheld the highest standards. We have an outstanding Board of Directors, excellent leadership team and generous donors who I am confident will continue to build on the great work we have achieved to date. Most importantly, SVEF is surrounded by the best teachers in the country, and the most dedicated students and parents I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.

For the last 16 years I’ve cherished our relationships, and I will continue to be as accessible as I’ve always been. Be in touch, and I look forward to our paths crossing again in the future—perhaps even in a walking meeting. Here’s to building something special today, tomorrow, and beyond.

 

Sincerely,

Muhammed A. Chaudhry
Muhammed@macrha.com

Silicon Valley Education Foundation Opens Applications for 2017 STEM Innovation Awards

Aug. 16, 2017

Silicon Valley Education Foundation Opens Applications for 2017 STEM Innovation Awards

  Prestigious awards to honor those leading the way in STEM education
 

SAN JOSE, CA.– The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is now accepting applications and nominations for the 7th Annual STEM Innovation Awards. SVEF invites organizations to apply directly and encourages the community to submit names of organizations, programs or individuals doing exceptional work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

 Applications are due Sept. 15.

The awards, sponsored by leading Silicon Valley companies, honor non-profit organizations and programs whose work leads the way in advancing STEM education while inspiring students and teachers.

Applicants are organizations whose work focuses on improving STEM education. Two recipients will be selected and recognized at SVEF’s annual Pioneers & Purpose: A Celebration for Education on Nov. 8, giving them the opportunity for increased visibility throughout the community. Non-profit winners receive a $5,000 grant for their work.

Last year’s honorees were: The EAST Iniviative, Girl Scouts of Northern California, MK Level Playing Field Institute, and Abraham Lincoln High School Computer Science Program.

“These awards celebrate the best and the brightest people, programs and companies across Silicon Valley that offer exciting, forward-thinking work in STEM education,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “As we face a major STEM workforce shortage we need to inspire more students to embrace STEM subjects and become the next generation of innovators and technology leaders.”

To access the STEM Innovation Awards application, go to http://svefoundation.org/steminnovationawards/

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. For more information, visit svef.com.

NFL Linebacker Corey Lemonier Helps Students Tackle Math at Ida Price Middle School in SJ July 11

July 7, 2017

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

salma@svefoundation.org
(408) 790-9495

NFL Linebacker Corey Lemonier Helps Students Tackle Math at Ida Price Middle School in SJ July 11

He’ll Explain How Athletes Use Math To Do Their Job           

SAN JOSE, CA.Do football players need math to run, kick and pass a ball on the football field?  

       NFL outside linebacker Corey Lemonier, a former San Francisco 49er, now with the New York Jets, will explain how important math is in developing plays and strategy on the field when he steps in to teach a 7th grade summer math class at Ida Price Middle School in San Jose on Tuesday (July 11). His lesson begins at 11 a.m. at Ida Price, 2650 New Jersey Ave., San Jose.

      The class is Elevate [Math] presented by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Ida Price Middle School in the Cambrian School District is one of dozens of schools across Silicon Valley that offer the four-week summer math intervention program.   

     “Football definitely involves math,” said Lemonier, who has been volunteering with the Elevate [Math] program this summer. “Recognizing patterns, understanding statistics, and knowing the physics behind kicking and passing a ball are skills I use on the field. I’m excited to teach students all about the importance of math in my job as an NFL player.”  

      “We want to show kids that math is everywhere – even athletes use it to do their job – and Corey will show them it’s fun and cool,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “We hope his lesson will get them more excited about math and see the connection between math and real-world jobs.”

       Elevate [Math] is SVEF’s flagship program and now has expanded to serve struggling math students in 6th through 10th grades. The program is in 37 school districts in Silicon Valley, the Peninsula, San Francisco, Oakland, Monterey County, Sacramento and Oregon.

       Since 2008, the program has offered 19 days of instruction to middle school students and 24 days to 9th and 10th graders designed to prepare them for their next-level math course and keep them on track for college. In partnership with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, this intervention program also emphasizes a college-going culture. This year, classes will host executives from the corporate world who will discuss their jobs and engage students in hands-on classroom activities.

 About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. For more information, visit svef.com.

US Rep Zoe Lofgren Visits Summer Math Students at Clyde Fischer School in SJ

July 6, 2017

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

salma@svefoundation.org
(408) 790-9495

                                                                        

U.S. Rep Zoe Lofgren Visits Summer Math Students at Clyde Fischer School in SJ   

She Relates Her Own Struggles With Math As A Youngster           

SAN JOSE, CA.– U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren spent the day Thursday with a group of 6th graders in the Elevate [Math] summer program at Clyde Fischer Middle School, telling them how she struggled with math as a youngster and wished there had been a math intervention program to help her out.

            Lofgren made the special visit to the program, sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, to talk to students about her job and how as an elected official she uses math. For nearly an hour she sat down with the students, engaging them in discussion as they huddled in teams working on math problems. The students asked her why getting an education is important, why she chose politics and what role math plays in her job as a member of Congress.

            “Math is important in my job to be able to manage budgets,” she told them. “There are many issues we are looking at in Congress right now – health care, for instance – and you need to be able to use math to understand the bigger picture, to understand how many people are going to be affected by the decisions you make.”

            “Zoe Lofgren’s visit was very special to our students, who got a chance to sit with her in small groups and ask her direct questions about her job and math, connecting the dots in making math relevant to real life,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “Bringing community leaders, business and corporate representatives into Elevate [Math] classrooms connects math to real-world jobs and adds purpose to what students learn.”

             Lofgren got her start in politics when she was elected to the San Jose Evergreen Community College Board in 1979. The following year she was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, then in 1995 gained a seat in Congress, where she has served for 22 years. She currently represents the 19th Congressional District.

            The Elevate [Math] program is presented in several school districts across Silicon Valley, including the Alum Rock Union School District, which includes Fischer. Alum Rock is in Lofgren’s 19th Congressional District. She also serves on SVEF’s Advisory Board.

            Lofgren will be gathering information from her Elevate [Math] experience to share with her colleagues at the California Democratic Delegation on July 19 in Washington D.C. Lofgren has chaired the 39-member delegation for 14 years.

            Chaudhry also will speak to the group about the success of Elevate [Math], now in its 10th year and serving 3,500 students this summer, nearly 1,000 more than in 2016.

            Elevate [Math] is SVEF’s flagship program and now has expanded to serve struggling math students in 6th through 10th grades. The program is in 37 school districts in Silicon Valley, the Peninsula, San Francisco, Oakland, Monterey County, Sacramento and Oregon.  Since 2008, the program has offered 19 days of instruction to middle school students and 24 days to 9th and 10th graders designed to prepare them for their next-level math course and keep them on track for college.  This intervention program also emphasizes a college-going culture. This year, classes will host executives from the corporate world who will discuss their jobs and engage students in hands-on classroom activities.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. For more information, visit svef.com.

US Rep Zoe Lofgren to Visit Summer Math Students at Fischer School in SJ July 6

June 30, 2017

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

salma@svefoundation.org
(408) 790-9495

                                                                        

U.S. Rep Zoe Lofgren to Visit Summer Math Students at Clyde Fischer School in SJ July 6  

Students Will Query Lofgren About Her Math Savvy           

SAN JOSE, CA.– How math savvy do elected officials have to be to do their job?  

             U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) will answer that question and talk about other aspects of her job when she makes a special visit to a class of 7th and 8th graders in the Elevate [Math] summer program at Clyde L. Fischer Middle School in San Jose. Her July 6 visit gets underway at 9:30 a.m. at Fischer, 1720 Hopkins Dr., San Jose.

            The Elevate [Math] program is presented by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) in school districts across Silicon Valley, including the Alum Rock Union School District, which includes Fischer. Alum Rock is in Lofgren’s 19th Congressional District. Lofgren also serves on SVEF’s Advisory Board.     

           “We are very excited to host Congresswoman Lofgren for this special visit to our Elevate [Math] program to tell students about her experiences in Congress and about the importance of math in an elected official’s job,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry.  “This is a terrific up-close-and-personal opportunity for our students to meet and interact with a long-standing member of Congress.”

           Lofgren will be gathering information and student success stories from the Elevate [Math] class to share with her colleagues at the California Democratic Delegation on July 19 in Washington D.C. Lofgren has chaired the 39-member delegation for 14 years.

           Chaudhry also will speak to the group about the success of Elevate [Math], now in its 10th year and serving 3,500 students this summer, nearly  1,000 more than in 2016.

           Elevate [Math] is SVEF’s flagship program and now has expanded to serve struggling math students in 6th through 10th grades. The program is in 37 school districts in Silicon Valley, the Peninsula, San Francisco, Oakland,   Monterey County, Sacramento and Oregon.

           Since 2008, the program has offered 19 days of instruction to middle school students and 24 days to 9th and 10th graders designed to prepare them for their next-level math course and keep them on track for college. In partnership with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, this intervention program also emphasizes a college-going culture. This year, classes will host executives from the corporate world who will discuss their jobs and engage students in hands-on classroom activities.  

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. For more information, visit svef.com.

SVEF's 6th iHub Pitch Games Matches EdTech Tools and School Needs

June 23, 2017

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

salma@svefoundation.org
(408) 790-9495

SVEF’s 6th “iHub Pitch Games” Matches EdTech Tools and School Needs   

Games Hosted by Silicon Valley Education Foundation at Google           

SAN JOSE, CA.– Three education technology companies from across the U.S. were selected to be matched with area school districts to help them meet their technology needs when the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) held its 6th “iHub Pitch Games” on Thursday (June 22) at Google in Sunnyvale.

          Nine Santa Clara County school districts will begin using the companies’ new EdTech tools this fall for a range of objectives, including better tracking of student and school progress, improving how schools select and maintain a quality substitute teacher pool, and providing interactive communication with parents.

          This year’s event, called the “Administrator Pitch Games,” was unlike previous Pitch Games that had focused on introducing EdTech tools into classrooms for student and teacher learning. The “Administrator Pitch Games” targeted technology needs at the school administrator and district levels.

          The two-hour event gave the six EdTech companies a platform to pitch their products to a panel of “judges” – educators and tech company leaders – who selected the best matches to meet school needs. School administrators will test the new tools,  with the support of SVEF, and provide immediate feedback to product developers so the companies can make adjustments that align with their needs.   

          The companies and school districts matched are:

          PenPal Schools (Austin, Tx) – Cambrian School District; Evergreen Elementary School District (Silver Oak and Carolyn Clark Elementary Schools); Mountain View Whisman School District; Oak Grove School District (Bernal Intermediate School, Sakamoto and Parkview Elementary Schools)             

          Learnmetrics (Chicago, Ill) – Berryessa Union School District; Cupertino Union School District

          SchooLinks (Austin, Tx) – Fremont Union High School District

          Three other products pitched at the event were Lessoncast, Peachjar, and Swing Education.

          “These new tools will offer schools and administrators a great way to improve data analysis, to better monitor student progress and provide greater access and communication with parents,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “In the end, this will result in improved student performance.”

          Also attending the event was Jon R. Gundry, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, who told the crowd that promoting innovation in the region’s schools is a key objective of his office. “This is one of our biggest challenges,” he said. “As a community, we need to do much more to support innovation and promote 21st century skills for our children.”

          Heidi Smith, Director of Federal State and Strategic Programs for the Mountain View Whisman School District, emphasized the need for new ways to communicate with and empower parents. “Reaching out to parents to let them know what’s going on and what teachers need makes life easier for teachers, students and administrators.”

          The Games began with school district leaders describing ongoing challenges, hoping that the EdTech products presented would provide solutions to their needs.  

          Judge-district panelists included Neal Finkelstein, Program Director in Innovation Studies, WestEd; Burton Goldfield, President & CEO, TriNet; Art Kulaga, Partner Technology Manager, Google Shopping; Angela Estrella, Instructional History Coach, Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, Stanford; Dr. Stella Kemp, Assistant Superintendent, Franklin-McKinley School District; Amy Liang, Director of Instructional Technology, Cupertino Union School District; Art Kulaga, Partner, Technology Manager, Google, and Wesley Tillu, Partnerships & Operations, Google.

         Three educators at the event won Chromebooks during the event’s raffle.

         The iHub Pitch Games are a project developed from SVEF’s Learning Innovation Hub (iHub), a network that connects product developers with educators to address specific teaching and learning needs. SVEF facilitates collaboration and product feedback, with the goal of increasing student performance. The Pitch Games are iHub’s signature event.

         SVEF has held six successful “iHub Pitch Games” over the past two years. The  Administrator Pitch Games are supported by grant funding from Google.

About SVEF
Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. For more information, visit svef.com.

SVEF's 6th iHub Pitch Games Bring Lively Challenge to Google June 22

June 15, 2017

 

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

salma@svefoundation.org
(408) 790-9495

                                                                        

SVEF’s 6th “iHub Pitch Games” Bring Lively Challenge to Google June 22   

Geekfest Matches EdTech Startups and School Leaders To Try Out Best Tech Tools           

SAN JOSE, CA.– Find out what new technology tools school administrators hope to use to better manage school data, monitor student progress and engage with parents at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)’s 6th “iHub Pitch Games” on Thursday, June 22, at Googleplex, 1184 N. Mathilda Ave., Sunnyvale, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

            This year’s games – called the “Administrator Pitch Games” – will focus on technology needs at the school administrator and district levels. The event will feature seven EdTech companies pitching their products to a panel of educators and tech company leaders who will act as judges to select the best matches to meet school administrator needs. When the matches are completed, school administrators will start testing them and give valuable feedback.

            The EdTech companies offer technology tools that include tracking school data, interactive mobile communications with parents and student progress in the college planning and admissions process. Another tool provides access to community partners who can become mentors and project collaborators in schools. Administrator teams from several schools in the region will participate.

           “We want school administrators to have better tools to improve how they monitor student progress, how they analyze patterns in school data and to be able to better connect with parents,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “We think this can translate into improved student achievement.”

            During the pilot period in the fall, school administrators will try the product with support from SVEF to decide if and how it meets their district and school needs. They will also be able to give immediate feedback to product developers, enabling them to make improvements that more closely align with their needs.  

           Judge panelists include Neal Finkelstein, Program Director in Innovation Studies, WestEd; Burton Goldfield, President & CEO, TriNet; Art Kulaga, Partner Technology Manager, Google Shopping; Angela Estrella, Instructional History Coach, Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, Stanford; Dr. Stella Kemp, Assistant Superintendent, Franklin-McKinley School District, and Amy Liang, Director of Instructional Technology, Cupertino Union School District.

          The EdTech entrepreneurs who will pitch their products include Community Share (Tucson, Ariz);  Declara (Palo Alto); Learnmetrics (Chicago, Ill); Peachjar (San Diego, CA.); Penpal Schools (Austin, Tx.); SchooLinks (Austin, Tx), and Swing Education (San Mateo).

           Educators at the event will have a chance to win a Chromebook.

          The iHub Pitch Games are a project developed from SVEF’s Learning Innovation Hub (iHub), a network that connects product developers with educators to evaluate edtech in schools to address specific teaching and learning needs. By strengthening the relationship between the two groups, SVEF facilitates collaboration and product feedback for optimal decisions to integrate technology tools and solutions in classrooms with the goal of increasing student performance. The Pitch Games are iHub’s signature event.

           SVEF has held five successful “iHub Pitch Games” over the past two years. The current Administrator Pitch Games are supported by grant funding from Google. 

           Media representatives interested in attending should contact Connie Skipitares at connie@svefoundation.org or (408) 205-8540, or Salma Ferdowsi at salma@svefoundation.org or (408) 790-9495.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. For more information, visit svef.com.

3rd Annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction Raises $1 Million for STEM Education

Two-Day Event Draws More Than 1,000 Guests To Support SVEF Programs     

May 25, 2017

SAN JOSE, CA.– Premium local wines, exclusive winery-hosted dinners and fantastic adventure trips, including a large creature scuba diving trip, were among the many live auction items sold at the 3rd annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction held Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, at the picturesque Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside.

            Presented by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation (SCMWEF), the two-day event – a celebration of wine and food for education – raised $1 million for SVEF’s STEM education programs that include Elevate [Math] and the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute. More than 1,000 guests  attended over the two days.

           Prior to Saturday night’s Wine Auction Dinner and Live Auction – the event’s centerpiece – guests enjoyed a reception featuring rare Library Wines from Santa Cruz Mountains vintners and were invited to stroll the sweeping  Runnymede Farm and view its larger-than-life contemporary sculptures. Runnymede is a private 120-acre farm located in the rolling hills of Woodside.

           During the 300-guest dinner, celebrated wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton, who is also a Napa Valley winemaker, led a spirited live auction, raising thousands for STEM education programs.  Notable auction items included an ultimate driving experience at a Corvette performance driving school; a corporate jet flight and private tour of the Space X Rocket Factory in Hawthorne, CA., and an after-hours food and wine party for 30 guests at Levi’s Stadium.

           A highlight of the evening was the appearance of former SVEF Elevate [Math] student Katalina Huerta, who told of her failing math grades in elementary school that turned around after she took the Elevate [Math] summer program. Elevate [Math] paved the way for Katalina, now 18, to get into college and pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She now attends San Jose State University.

           Entertainment throughout the evening was provided by the lively Jersey Boys tribute band “Oh What a Night.”

           The Taste of the Mountains Grand Wine Tasting on Sunday featured premium wines from more than 50 Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers and a silent auction with over 100 wine lots.  Guests were invited to visit the farm’s sculptures on a docent-curated art tour. The day drew 700 attendees.

           “We are so pleased with the tremendous success of this 3rd annual event – which continues to demonstrate phenomenal fundraising growth each year – and we’re very grateful to our Silicon Valley Wine Auction partners for their terrific support,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO of SVEF.  “It was an amazing celebration of great wine and food for a wonderful cause – supporting STEM education programs across Silicon Valley and preparing students for the future.”

            Top sponsors for the event included: Brocade, House Family Vineyards, DJM Capital Partners, D. John Miller Family Charitable Foundation, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Intel, Joe Escobar Diamonds, Ferris Capital, Krause Foundation, Eden Valley Vineyards, Kings Mountain Vineyards, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Brenner Financial, Kahng Foundation, ID345, The Core Companies, Judy and Mike Bruner, Patty Hatter, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Edelman, Edible Silicon Valley, Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, and Coravin.

          “The Silicon Valley Wine Auction showcases the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the high-quality winemaking taking place place in Silicon Valley – while funding education and supporting our local community,” said Mark Vernon, president of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation. “We are proud to contribute and fund our future.”

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education.

About SCMWEF

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation is the non-profit body of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, an alliance of more than 70 wineries promoting wines produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation, federally recognized in 1981. The region encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountains range and extends from Woodside to Watsonville, and from Monterey Bay along the coast to Silicon Valley inland. The goal of SCMWEF is to invest in areas of children’s education and health research to create a positive impact in our local communities. For more information, contact SCMWEF at (831), or visit www.svwa.org.

 

3rd Annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction & Grand Tasting at Runnymede Farm May 20-21

May 8, 2017

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

salma@svefoundation.org
(408) 790-9495

3rd Annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction & Grand Tasting at Runnymede Farm May 20-21   

Raise Your Glass and Fund the Future           

SAN JOSE, CA.– Following two successful years hosting the region’s premier wine tasting event, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) svef.com and the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation (SCMWEF) svwa.org will present the 3rd annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction, a celebration of wine and food for education, on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, at Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside.

          All proceeds will benefit SVEF’s STEM education programs – Elevate [Math] and the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute. Tickets are available now at www.siliconvalleywineauction.org.

          Runnymede Farm is an exclusive 120-acre venue located in the rolling hills of Woodside that features larger-than-life contemporary art sculptures throughout the property. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as the property is only open to the public for special events.

          The event this year is being held over two days. On Saturday, May 20, guests will enjoy an evening Wine Auction Dinner and Live Auction – the event’s centerpiece – starting at 4 p.m. with a reception showcasing rare Library Wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains’ most notable wineries.

          The dinner will feature exclusive Santa Cruz Mountains wines paired with a four-course meal. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and takes place in a tented setting on the rolling hills of the Sculpture Farm, with a Live Auction led by renowned wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton. Live auction items include premium wine lots, exclusive winery-hosted dinners and travel excursions.        

          The wine fundraiser continues on Sunday, May 21 with the Taste of the Mountains Grand Tasting, starting at noon. It features premium wines from more than 50 winemakers and growers and a silent auction. Tickets are $145 for the VIP Grand Tasting, which begins at noon, and includes a docent-curated art tour of the sculptures. Tickets are $95 for the General Admission Grand Wine Tasting, which begins at 1 p.m. All wine tasting continues until 4 p.m.

          The 2016 Silicon Valley Wine Auction drew more than 1,000 guests and raised over $700,000 to benefit SVEF’s STEM education programs. Top sponsors for 2017 include: Brocade Communications Systems, House Family Vineyards, DJM Capital Partners, Kings Mountain Vineyards, The Krause Foundation, PwC, Ferris Capital, The CORE Companies, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Edelman, Edible Silicon Valley, Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, and Coravin.

         “Bringing together great food and wine with SVEF’s mission to help students achieve through STEM programs is a great collaboration,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “We are pleased to again join with the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association as passionate partners in this outstanding event.”

          “The Silicon Valley Wine Auction is a great way to find out more about a best-kept secret – the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It showcases the excellent high-quality winemaking taking place place in Silicon Valley while funding education so we continue to advance innovators and mavericks in the Valley,” said Mark Vernon, president of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation. “Our region is at the heart of technology and innovation. As maverick winemakers, we pair well with the social innovators of the Silicon Valley.”

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education.

About SCMWEF

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation is the non-profit body of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, an alliance of more than 70 wineries promoting wines produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation, federally recognized in 1981. The region encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountains range and extends from Woodside to Watsonville, and from Monterey Bay along the coast to Silicon Valley inland. The goal of SCMWEF is to invest in areas of children’s education and health research to create a positive impact in our local communities. For more information, contact SCMWEF at (831) 685-8463, or visit www.svwa.org.

Wells Fargo Gives Over $44K to SVEF's Teacher Innovation Grants Program

April 13, 2017

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Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

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(408) 790-9495

Wells Fargo Gives Over $44K to SVEF’s Teacher Innovation Grants Program

Total Wells Fargo Funding Reaches $110K for 2016-17

SAN JOSE, CA. – Forty-two teachers and several thousand students are recipients of more than $44,000 in Wells Fargo grant funding for field trips and special classroom projects recently handed out by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s Teacher Innovation Grants (TIG) program.

            The award brings Wells Fargo’s total contribution to the TIG program to $110,000 for the 2016-17 year.  Since 2013, Wells Fargo has contributed a total of $520,000 to the program. Over the past 11 years, the TIG program overall has distributed nearly $1 million to teachers across Silicon Valley.

             The TIG program is providing classrooms with materials such as 3D printers, laptops and iPads, science lab equipment and robotics kits, as well as field trips to science camps and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Students last year went on field trips to sites such as Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, the Maritime Science Institute in Redwood City and to robotics competitions.

             “TIG grants empower teachers with opportunities to inspire their students to succeed in school,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “Each year, they create memorable, interactive and enhanced learning experiences for their students that would not otherwise take place without this additional funding.”

             “The most impactful teaching moments are when kids connect what they are learning in the classroom to the world around them,” said Jeff Rademann, president, Wells Fargo Santa Clara Valley Region.  “Teacher Innovation Grants enrich students’ learning experiences by providing them additional learning opportunities in the form of trips, technology and materials.  Wells Fargo is proud to be a part of their educational journey.”

              Since 2006, SVEF has awarded 1,257 grants to more than 1,700 teachers, totaling over $955,000 in grant money. Grants are awarded to pre-K12 teachers in Santa Clara County and charter schools with partnership agreements with SVEF.

              Grant applications with a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) component are given special consideration, with approximately 75% of all grants awarded for STEM education. Special emphasis is also placed on grant applications serving middle school grades 6-8. Field trip grants must be directly related to the curriculum and classroom activities and include science camps and college tours, but not trips such as 8th grade trips to Washington, D.C. and Disneyland.

              Individual teacher grants for either classroom projects or field trips are limited to $1,000.  Collaborative grants, that include two or more teachers, have a $1,500 limit. Grants require applicants to provide a specific description of the project or field trip seeking funding, a timeline for implementation and budget details.

              TIG is intended to inspire student learning by supplementing rather than replacing regular school funding. SVEF supports the purchase of equipment and materials that go beyond school budgets.  Grants are not used for the purchase of routine school supplies and do not pay teacher stipends or other remuneration.

              A new round of TIG funding may be available in the fall. Teachers interested in learning more about Teacher Innovation Grants should check this site for updated information:  http://svefoundation.org/teacher-innovation-grants/

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education.

Early Math Learning Should Start as Early as Preschool for K-12 Success and Beyond

Feb. 13, 2017

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Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

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(408) 790-9495

Early Math Learning Should Start as Early as Preschool for K-12 Success and Beyon

SVEF & SCCOE Co-sponsor Early Math Forum  

SAN JOSE, CA.– Teaching math to children should start as early as preschool and pre-K curriculum should be integrated into all K-12 school curriculum, national early math expert Greg Duncan told an audience of educators, parents and community leaders at a forum held on Feb. 10.

            Duncan’s research on early math learning has become a cornerstone of the growing movement among educators to boost math instruction in preschool through 3rd grade.

           The forum, titled “Early Math Adds Up,” was co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and was hosted at Google Tech Corners in Sunnyvale. In addition to keynote speaker Duncan, the forum featured a panel of early math researchers and a panel of educators working to implement early math learning.  

           “The more we integrate pre-K curriculum into longer-view school thinking, the better off our students will be,” said Duncan, an economist and University of California Irvine distinguished education professor.  Building a math foundation should start before elementary school. Waiting until high school when college planning begins is way too late, he said.  

           “Investing in early math skills can help increase the number of students who will pursue math and engineering and the STEM fields and who will eventually help fill the pipeline of engineers badly needed by Silicon Valley’s tech industry,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO of SVEF.

            Mastering early math skills is one of the best predictors of later success in both math and literacy, Duncan’s research has shown. Early math learning, he says, is also key to making significant progress in closing the achievement gap — the troubling academic disparity between students of color and their white and Asian peers.

           Duncan said schools should especially focus early learning curriculum on low-income children and children of color because most enter kindergarten already a year behind other students.  

           Most of today’s preschoolers generally know their numbers as they approach kindergarten, but they don’t have a sense of the relationship between numbers, Duncan said.  “They don’t have a sense that five is halfway between zero and 10. They really don’t have a sense of proportionality and the distances between the numbers.”

           Duncan and other panelists stressed the importance of teaching math to very young children using play-based learning activities, not worksheets that require students to engage in paperwork rather than playing counting games and board games with one another.

           Other panelists underscored the need for parents and caregivers of very young children to turn everyday household activities into math lessons, such as counting and pricing items at the grocery store with children, and folding socks in the laundry bin.

           Panelist Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, said it’s essential to train teachers how to teach math to the very young student. “It takes a well-trained teacher to be able to effectively teach young children math as much as it does to teach high school chemistry,” he said. Lempert also emphasized the need for better funding of preschool programs so all youngsters have the same learning opportunities as they enter kindergarten.

           Kathy Gomez, Superintendent of the Evergreen School District, said schools and parents need to embrace a community-wide effort to understand the importance of early math learning.  Her school district, for instance, has started “math nights” to promote the idea of early math learning to parents. She said more districts should embrace the model of incorporating preschools at elementary school sites.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education.

National Early Math Expert Greg Duncan to be Featured Speaker at Early Math Adds Up Forum Feb. 10

Feb. 3, 2017

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Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

salma@svefoundation.org
(408) 790-9495

Peter Daniels, SCCOE
peter_daniels@sccoe.org
(408) 453-6650

                                                                                                 

National Early Math Expert Greg Duncan to be Featured Speaker at “Early Math Adds Up” Forum Feb. 10   

SVEF & SCCOE host event exploring link between early math and success in school
 

SAN JOSE, CA. – Greg Duncan, a national expert on the importance of early childhood math, will be the keynote speaker at the  “Early Math Adds Up” forum on Friday, Feb. 10 at Google Tech Corners, 803 11th Ave., Sunnyvale, from 9:30 to noon.

           The forum is co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and is being hosted by Google. Interested educators, parents and community members are invited to sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/early-math-adds-up-tickets-30500339336.  

           According to Duncan, mastering early math skills is one of the best predictors of later success in both math and literacy.  His research on this subject has become a cornerstone of the growing movement among early childhood educators to boost math instruction in preschool through 3rd grade. Duncan, an economist and University of California Irvine distinguished education professor, has authored a key study showing a link between early math and school success and achievement later in life.

           Investing in early math skills now can help increase the number of students who go on to pursue math and engineering and the STEM fields and will eventually help fill the pipeline of engineers badly needed by Silicon Valley’s tech industry.

           “Math is important because kids who do well in math early on tend to do very well in school, and when they do well in math in high school they end up doing well in the labor market,” Duncan said.  Duncan’s research also suggests that if math skills and literacy skills are compared side by side, early math skills have an edge over literacy skills in predicting academic and later-in-life success.

           “The earlier we invest in strong math programs for our children the better their opportunities for academic and lifelong success that, in turn, creates social and economic benefits for us all,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO of SVEF. “We especially need to focus on the math needs of low-income children and children of color,” he added.

           The forum will feature two panels – one that includes researchers on early math, and the other that includes practitioners in the field. Moderators for the panels will be Chaudhry, and John Fensterwald, Editor-at-Large at EdSource.

The research panel, in addition to Duncan, includes:

  •   Yvonne Kao, Senior Research Associate, WestEd

  •    Ted Lempert, President, Children Now

  •     Peter Mangione, Co-Director, Center for Child and Family Studies, WestEd

           The practitioners panel includes:

  • Kathy Gomez, Superintendent, Evergreen School District

  •  Mary Hoshiko Haughey, Senior VP of Operations, YMCA of Silicon Valley

  •  Sandy McKeithan, Operations Manager, Head Start

  • Marwa Yousofzoy, Instructional Coach, Oak Grove School District

         “We’re very excited to partner with SVEF on this important professional learning opportunity for educators, parents and the community,” said Jon Gundry, SCCOE superintendent. “Creating a strong interest and understanding of math skills and concepts for our youngest students is one of the most effective ways to close the achievement gap.”

          All forum participants will receive a copy of the report “Strengthening Early Math” published by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

About SVEF
Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education.

About SCCOE

The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional and business services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The SCCOE serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Regional Occupational Programs. The Office also provides curriculum support, staff development, and technology support and training directly to teachers and staff in schools countywide.

Math Mindset Leader Dr. Jo Boaler Featured Speaker at SVEF Symposium

Jan. 13, 2017

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

salma@svefoundation.org
(408) 790-9495

                                               

Math Mindset Leader Dr. Jo Boaler Featured at SVEF Symposium   

           Discussion targets strategies to inspire students to embrace math
 

SAN JOSE, CA. – Respected math education expert Dr. Jo Boaler presented her theories on the benefits of transforming students’ math mindsets at a symposium in San Jose on Jan. 19, sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), East Side Alliance and Santa Clara County Office of Education.

The symposium, titled “Developing Mathematical Mindsets to Foster Learning and Understanding of Mathematics,” focused on strengthening mathematics teaching and learning to inspire students to embrace a positive attitude toward math. The event was held at Silver Creek High School in San Jose.

Dr. Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, has authored eight books on improving math education in the U.S. She also co-founded Youcubed, a Stanford center that provides math education resources for teachers, students and parents. Dr. Boaler‘s work also has focused on gender equity in mathematics. More recently, she has published research showing links between timed testing and anxiety. Currently, Dr. Boaler is conducting research on mathematics, mistakes and growth mindset.  

The symposium was attended largely by math teachers representing grades 3-12, high school math department chairs and school principals. All attendees received a copy of Dr. Boaler‘s book, Mathematical Mindsets.

SVEF Forum on Computer Science Education Tackles Challenges of Imposing Standards for K-12 Instruction

Nov. 16, 2016

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Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

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(408) 790-9495

                                                                                               

SVEF Forum on Computer Science Education Tackles Challenges of Imposing Standards for K-12 Instruction   

Discussion focuses on new K-12 CS Framework
 

SAN JOSE, CA. – Top computer science and tech industry leaders convening at Microsoft in Mountain View on Tuesday  strongly urged that students as young as kindergarten be exposed to a computer science curriculum that is incorporated across all subjects in the classroom.

         The forum, titled “Demystifying Computer Science Education,” was hosted by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and was one of the first public discussions among educators, business leaders and state-level administrators about the newly-released “K-12 Computer Science Framework.” The framework serves as a guide to states or school districts that want to design their own standards, curriculum, assessments or teacher certification programs.

         The forum’s purpose was to begin exploring how to create a statewide – and possibly nationwide – policy and standards for delivering computer science instruction to K-12 students to prepare them for college and today’s demanding workforce.

         “It’s unacceptable that only 10% of the state’s 7th to 12th graders have been exposed to a computer class and that more than half of high schools in California offer no computer science classes at all,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO of SVEF. “The conversation around this new framework provides a major impetus for the creation of standards and curriculum to change this trajectory.” 

        “We need to start teaching our students at a very young age. You can’t wait until college. It’s too late,” said Pat Vongpradit, Chief Academic Officer at Code.org and moderator of one of three forum panels. “And we have to look at computer science more broadly and not just to prepare students for jobs in coding. It’s giving them digital literacy, which they will need in most every job field, not just computing.”

          Featured speakers included Dr. Michael Kirst, President of the State Board of Education and an SVEF board member; Dave House, Chairman, Brocade Communication Systems, and SVEF board member; Patty Hatter, VP, Intel Security and Software Group, and SVEF board member; Mehran Sahami, Professor and Associate Chair for Education, Department of Computer Science, Stanford; Sami Khuri, Chair, Department of Computer Science, San Jose State University, and David Bernier, Regional Manager, California and Southwest Code.org.

         “We’re not teaching computer science to create programmers, just like we don’t teach English to create more novelists,” added panelist Kaustav Mitra, of Infosys Foundation USA, who said computer science should be incorporated into English, history and art classes.

          There are currently no formal guidelines for teaching computer science in the state’s public schools, and many high schools in California do not offer high-level computer science courses.

         Expansion of computer science instruction in K-12 schools, as well as in California’s colleges, is critical to students and significant to workforce development in Silicon Valley. For years, educators and tech industry leaders have voiced concern that California students lack the necessary skills to succeed in the modern workforce.

        California education has been especially slow to adapt to the increased demand for skilled computer science graduates, especially considering the central role the computer industry plays in the state’s overall economy.

        Many of the panelists at the forum emphasized the need for more partnerships between the tech industry, schools and non-profits to create in-school, after-school and summer computer science programs that can reach all students – especially low-income and minority students and girls.   

        “We need to grow these opportunities if we want to shrink the (graduates/workforce) gap, said Sahami. “We need to build bridges between our schools and industry to understand what is needed for the pipeline.”

         It was clear in the discussion that implementation of computer science curriculum varies greatly among school districts across the Bay Area. Some panelists said a key factor in creating a successful computer science program is identifying a “point person” in the district who will take charge and push it forward.   

        In addition to creating computer science standards, Kirst noted that many challenges lie ahead: getting high schools and colleges to collaborate on requirements; attracting enough teachers and training them to teach computer science; providing instructional materials; developing student assessments; paying for added staff and curriculum, and overcoming limits that many colleges place on the number of entering computer science students.   

        “Unfortunately, the pace of education moves very slowly, while the pace of technology and the economy changes very rapidly,” Kirst said. “And if we are to make systemic changes we need to have strong public policy developed by our education leaders and industry.”

House told the group that educators in Silicon Valley need to take the lead. “Silicon Valley is the center of technology. We need to carry that into our education system. There’s no reason we should not be leaders in experimenting. Schools are our labs.”  

        The Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a leading voice in urging the development of a computer science policy for K-12 schools, particularly in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. SVEF is a strong supporter of STEM curriculum and the Common Core State Standards, which urge student literacy in computing.

        The K-12 Computer Science Framework was developed by a national collaboration that includes the Association for Computer Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center and National Science and Math Initiative.

            For more information, visit http://svefoundation.org/csk12/.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education.

SVEF Honors Google Executive and Tech Industry Leader Diane Greene

Nov. 14, 2016

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

salma@svefoundation.org

(408) 790-9495

                                                                                                   

SVEF Honors Google Executive and Tech Industry Leader Diane Greene

Pioneers & Purpose dinner hosts 550 guests; raises over $1.4 million

SAN JOSE, CA. –  Google executive and tech industry leader Diane Greene was honored Nov. 9 at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)’s 12th annual Pioneers & Purpose Celebration for Education, held at the San Jose Convention Center.

           Greene, leader of Google’s cloud businesses and board member at Alphabet, Intuit, Khan Academy and MIT, was named as SVEF’s 2016 Pioneer Business Leader for her noteworthy leadership in the technology industry and education philanthropy.

           The event was attended by 550 guests and raised over $1.4 million in support of public education and student performance in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

           “SVEF was thrilled to honor Diane Greene, whose support of programs that focus on technology and education is inspiring and aligns with SVEF’s goals to innovate in the classroom,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO of SVEF.  “Diane has had a long and impactful career around technology and is a natural choice for this honor.”

            During an informal fireside-style chat with education and environmental philanthropist Ann Doerr, Greene emphasized the importance of youngsters starting computer science education as early as kindergarten.

           “A lot of children, especially in Silicon Valley, are programming at a very young age. It’s especially important for girls to start young,” said Greene, whose own engineer father got her interested in engineering early in life and led her into an impressive career in engineering and technology.

            Greene also stressed the relevance of technology in learning because it allows students to progress at their own pace.

          “I am delighted to be honored by SVEF and to have the opportunity to support the critical work they do to put students on track for college and career success,” said Greene. “SVEF is closing the achievement gap in Silicon Valley and building a stronger, more talented workforce ready to lead the state and the country into the future.”

          The event also honored John Haynes of John F. Kennedy Middle School in Redwood City as SVEF’s “Elevate Teacher of the Year,” and four STEM Innovation Awards recipients representing leading STEM education programs and organizations across the nation.

          The “Elevate Teacher of the Year” award recognizes outstanding teachers who work to improve student outcomes and exemplify a commitment to student achievement in the area of STEM.            

           The 6th Annual STEM Innovation Awards went to The EAST Initiative, Girls Scouts of Northern California, Level Playing Field Institute, and Abraham Lincoln High School’s Computer Science Program. These organizations represent the nation’s leading programs in STEM education, and help students prepare for college and careers. Each of the award winners received a $5,000 grant. The 2016 STEM Innovation Awards were sponsored by EY, Western Digital, Flex, and SVEF.

         The event also featured the crowd favorite STEM Showdown where 7th, 8th and 9th grade students from SVEF’s 49ers STEM Leadership Institute-Chevron STEMZone, teamed up with top Silicon Valley business and community leaders to complete a series of STEM challenges, including a paper airplane “fly-off.”

          The Pioneer Business Leader award has been given to several other distinguished leaders in Silicon Valley since 2005. Past honorees include John Doerr, Venture Capitalist at Kleiner, Perkins Caufield and Byers; Mike Splinter, Former Chairman of Applied Materials; Mike McNamara, CEO of Flex; Faysal Sohail, Managing Director of Presidio Partners; John W. Thompson, Former CEO of Symantec Corp. and CEO of Virtual Instruments; John Chambers, Executive Chairman and Former CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.; Michael Marks, Former Chairman of Flex; Bruce Chizen, Former CEO of Adobe Systems; Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, and H. Raymond Bingham, Advisory Director of Riverwood Capital.

           Pioneers & Purpose is SVEF’s signature event that has raised more than $10 million over the last decade to help increase academic achievement for public school students and teachers.

          Major supporters of the event included included the 49ers Foundation, Ann & John Doerr, Larry Sonsini, Texas Instruments, D. John Miller Family Foundation, DJM Capital Partners, Paul & Linda Humphries, Flex, John & Sandi Thompson, The CORE Companies, SummerHill Homes, Burton & Carol Goldfield, Intuit, Ron Sege, IBM, Edelman, EY, PwC, Chizen Family Foundation, Tom Baker, Salesforce and TriNet.

            For more information about SVEF programs and initiatives, visit svefoundation.org.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education.

SVEF Hosts CA Computer Science Leaders at Forum Nov. 15

 

Nov. 3, 2016                                                                                        

Contact:                                                                                                                               

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

(408) 205-8540

Salma Ferdowsi, SVEF

(408) 790-9495

SVEF Hosts California Computer Science Leaders at  Forum Nov. 15

Discussion to Focus on new K-12 CS Framework

SAN JOSE – Top computer science leaders in the state will convene at a forum hosted on Nov. 15 to share the new “K-12 Computer Science Framework” and discuss how school leaders across California and the nation can use it to guide computer science curriculum in K-12 schools. The event, titled “Demystifying Computer Science Education,” takes place at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Hosted by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, the forum will be one of the first public discussions among educators, business leaders, and state-level administrators about the framework, which was just released in October.

The timing of this forum is critical as there are currently no formal guidelines for teaching computer science in the state’s public schools and many high schools in California do not offer high-level computer science courses. Estimates indicate that only 10% of all California students in grades 7-12 have taken a computer course.

“It’s important for all students to not only be able to use a computer, but to gain skill and experience in writing code — being creators of technology — by the time they leave high school,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. “It’s a critical skill for their college and future careers.”  

Panelists will address a number of questions, from why all students should take computer science courses to how to provide course access and equity to all students.  

Participants will include:

  • Dr. Michael Kirst, President, California State Board of Education, and Member, SVEF Board of Directors
  • Trish Williams, Member and Computer Science Lead, California State Board of Education
  • Tom Adams, Deputy Superintendent, Instruction Learning and Standards Support Branch, California State Department of Education
  • Patty Hatter, VP & General Manager, Intel Security and Software Group IT, and CIO, Intel Security Group for Intel; Member, SVEF Board of Directors
  • Kaustav Mitra, VP, Infosys Foundation USA
  • Mehran Sahami, Co-Chair, Association of Computer Machinery Education Board, Dept. of Computer Science, Stanford University
  • Pat Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer, Code.org
  • Rebecca Vyduna, Director, STEM Center, San Mateo County Office of Education
  • Bryan Twarek, Computer Science Education, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Claire Shorall, Computer Science Education, Oakland Unified School District
  • David Bernier, Regional Manager, California & Southwest, Code.org
  • Sami Khuri, Professor, Department of Computer Science, San Jose State University  
  • Tim Bussey, Chief Operating Officer, Silicon Valley Education Foundation

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer science is the only STEM field in which there are more jobs than projected graduates. Yet, in California, fewer students took Computer Science AP courses and exams in 2016 than any other STEM subject. California currently has 68,000 open computing jobs (3.5 times the average demand rate) with an average salary of $109,000, which is significantly higher than the state’s average salary of $55,000. But only 3,525 students graduated from the state’s colleges with a four-year degree in computer science last year.

Expansion of computer science instruction in K-12 schools, as well as in California’s colleges, is critical to students and significant to workforce development in Silicon Valley.

Code.org, a computer science advocacy group, reports that 9 out of 10 schools don’t offer any computer programming coursework. To address this, some states are amending their graduation requirements to include computer science courses or are allowing a computer science course to meet a math or science graduation requirement. A few states and an increasing number of districts nationwide are mandating computer science instruction in elementary and middle school.

  The K-12 Computer Science Framework was developed by a national collaboration that includes the Association for Computer Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center and National Science and Math Initiative. The framework is meant to serve as a guide to states or school districts that want to design their own standards, curriculum, assessments or teacher certification programs.  

The Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a leading voice in urging the development of a computer science policy for K-12 schools, particularly in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. SVEF is a strong supporter of STEM curriculum and the Common Core State Standards, which urge student literacy in computing.

For more information, visit http://svefoundation.org/csk12/.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

     

SVEF Announces 2016 STEM Innovation Award Winners

Oct. 24, 2016

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

                                                                                                       

Silicon Valley Education Foundation Announces 2016 STEM Innovation Award Winners   

Organizations to be honored at 12th Annual Pioneers & Purpose Celebration for Education  Nov. 9               

SAN JOSE, CA. –  The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)  named four organizations doing exceptional work to advance STEM education as recipients of its 6th annual STEM Innovation Awards. The awards are sponsored by leading Silicon Valley companies and honor top STEM education programs that inspire students and teachers and help students prepare for college-level learning and technology careers. Each awardee will receive a $5,000 grant to reinvest in their programs.

The 2016 STEM Innovation Award winners are The EAST Initiative, Girls Scouts of Northern California, MK Level Playing Field Institute, and Abraham Lincoln High School Computer Science Program.

“These organizations represent the best and brightest organizations that bring learning and inspiration to students to explore STEM fields as future career choices,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “They are bringing this work to the forefront to address the critical need to alleviate our dire STEM workforce shortage.”  

     Last year’s honorees included Project Lead The Way, Inc., Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), Girlstart and e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange.

The 2016 STEM Innovation Award winners will be honored at SVEF’s 12th annual Pioneers & Purpose Celebration for Education to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9th at the San Jose Convention Center. The event will also honor technology industry leader Diane Greene as SVEF’s 2016 Pioneer Business Leader and John Haynes, of John F. Kennedy Middle School in Redwood City, as Elevate Teacher of the Year.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The San Jose Convention Center is located at 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113.     

The STEM Innovation Award winners were selected by a group of educated thought leaders who have demonstrated outstanding work in the STEM community and included Tom Baker SVEF board member; Diane Solinger from Google, Anvita Sahai from EY, Kira Burke from Google, Mujeeb Ijaz from Apple, Eric Heitmann from CBRE and Eric Hoarau from Flex.

            For more information, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, call (408) 790-9424, or email development@svefoundation.org. Tickets to the event can be purchased at www.svefoundation.org/pnp.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

National Survey Uncovers Strong Support Among Bay Area Parents for Technology in the Classroom

Oct. 20, 2016

Contact:
Caitlin Cox

caitlin@whiteboardadvisors.com
(202) 479-7177

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

 National Survey Uncovers Strong Support Among Bay Area Parents for Technology in the Classroom
92% of San Jose area parents believe education technology could have a positive impact on student learning

SAN JOSE, CA – The Learning Assembly, a national network made up of education nonprofits, including the Silicon Valley Education Foundation,that helps educators rigorously implement and assess innovative tools to support teaching and learning, today released the results of a national parent survey designed to gauge parent perceptions of technology in school. In the Bay Area-specific set of findings, 92% believe in the potential for technology to have a positive impact on student learning.

According to the survey, parent demand for technology reflects parents’ belief that technology can have a positive impact. Some 61% of parents indicate that their child’s school has increased technology use over the past few years, and 94% of surveyed parents in the Bay Area support their child’s school using more technology for student learning.

“These findings validate a strong belief among parents that technology can support learning,” says Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a member of the Learning Assembly which helps schools in the San Jose area integrate technology tools, assess their impact and provide feedback to developers. “The poll also points to the work we have ahead to ensure that teachers are equipped with the training and support they need to leverage innovation in their classrooms with the goal of helping all kids reach their potential.”

The poll also found that in the Bay Area:

  • 94% of parents believe technology and digital learning resources are valuable tools for creating tailored learning experiences for their child.
  • 56% of parents surveyed believe it is “extremely” important that schools ensure students have learning experiences that are tailored to their individual needs and strengths (compared to 45% nationally).
  • Parents with children who use devices in school are more likely than parents nationally to say their school has done an “excellent” or “very good” job explaining how technology supports learning (45% vs. 31% nationally).
  • These parents also feel more knowledgeable than do parents nationally about the digital tools used in their child’s classroom (51% vs. 36% nationally).

“Student interest is piqued when using these tools,” said Nick Tsivikas, a fifth grade teacher at Roy Cloud Elementary School, which works with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. “Probably the biggest change I see is over time, the students now, versus five years ago, have the skills to interface with personalized learning tools and have the skillset to work with an online and app-focused curriculum more seamlessly.”

The Learning Assembly, which commissioned the national and Bay Area polls, is a network of nonprofit organizations working with schools across the country to improve learning outcomes by implementing and testing new tools and strategies in the classroom. The member organizations have developed pilot sites in cities like San Jose, Chicago, and New York City.

Nationally, parents see a growing role of technology in schools, with 66% of parents indicating that technology use has increased over the past few years. The national survey shows that while 93% of parents believe technology is a valuable tool to tailor student learning, only 1 in 3 believe that schools are currently doing an excellent job using technology for this purpose.

The national findings reflect a shift, in recent years, from a focus on access to technology in the classroom to the purposeful implementation of technology that can help educators better engage students, differentiate instruction, and improve student learning. Parents who report their children’s schools are doing an “excellent” job using technology to tailor learning are two and a half times more likely to report that their children learn more and that their children are more engaged than parents who report their schools are doing a “fair” or “poor” job.

Last school year, Learning Assembly member organizations, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, partnered with 101 schools and 368 teachers serving 13,400 students to pilot and evaluate education technologies and innovative teaching strategies. These organizations help schools select the right tools to support their goals, provide training and support for educators, and identify which approaches are improving outcomes for students.

Read the poll at: www.LearningAssembly.org

The national poll was conducted by YouGov September 13 – 23, 2016 with a national sample of 1,000 parents with kids in public school and 250 parents with kids in public schools in the San Jose DMA.

About the Learning Assembly
We believe that by fostering collaboration between great educators and technology innovators, we can truly transform learning. The Learning Assembly members include Citizen Schools, Digital Promise, Highlander Institute, iZone, LearnLaunch, LEAP Innovations and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.  The members of the Learning Assembly collaborate with educators, edtech companies, and research partners to:

  • Rigorously assess and curate the best edtech tools in the market
  • Collaborate with teachers and schools to identify the best edtech tools to support teaching and learning
  • Provide edtech companies with critical feedback from teachers and students to improve their products
  • Raise the bar for quality in the edtech market by analyzing and sharing evidence of learning outcomes

About SVEF
Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

SVEF Receives Grant from Flex Foundation to Accelerate Training for Math Teachers

Sept. 20, 2016

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Renee Brotherton, Flex

Renee.Brotherton@flextronics.com

(408) 576-7189

Silicon Valley Education Foundation Receives Grant From Flex Foundation to Accelerate Training for Math Teachers

SAN JOSE, CA – The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) was recently awarded $100,000 by the Flex Foundation for the Flex Elevate Teacher Training Initiative to provide crucial training for Silicon Valley math teachers and help students stay on track for college and career readiness. Teachers can use this additional training to enhance their curriculum and meet Common Core standards.

            The Flex Elevate Teacher Training Initiative provides 30 plus hours of Common Core-aligned professional development to over 100 math teachers and coaches – more than twice the average amount teachers receive in a school year. Training is provided as a key component of SVEF’s summer intervention program, Elevate [Math], which prepares incoming 7th through 10th grade students for success in their next-level math courses. The program focuses on key concepts that will create a solid base from which students can build their math skills.

            The initiative supports teachers in public school districts served by Elevate [Math], including Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Monterey counties. Teachers receive in-person professional development, personalized coaching, and participate in professional learning communities throughout the summer. The training includes technology integration designed to address 21st Century demands of teaching mathematics. This year, Elevate [Math] enrolled a record 2,300 students across 30 school districts from Monterey County to San Francisco, as well as outside the state in Salem-Keizer County, Oregon. Since 2008, the program has served nearly 9,000 students.

            “SVEF’s ongoing partnership with the Flex Foundation will help to narrow the achievement gap and urge more students to reach for college and eventually STEM careers,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “We’re helping teachers who are dedicated to training the next generation of engineers and knowledge workers.”

             “Flex is committed to providing the knowledge and tools teachers need to enhance the classroom experience for students learning crucial math skills,” said Kelly Hampton, Vice President Corporate Marketing and Global Citizenship. “By continuing to support educational programs like SVEF’s teacher-training initiative, we can provide professional development to the front-line teachers working with students every day.”

 About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education in the region. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

About Flex

Flextronics International Ltd. is the Sketch-to-Scale™ solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. For more information, visit www.flextronics.com or follow us on Twitter @Flextronics. Flex – Live Smarter™.

SVEF Hosts 12th Annual Pioneers & Purpose Dinner Nov. 9

Sept. 15, 2016

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

 

SVEF Hosts 12th Annual Pioneers & Purpose Dinner Nov. 9

Google’s Diane Greene to be Honored

SAN JOSE, CA. –  The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) will host its 12th annual Pioneers & Purpose Celebration for Education on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the San Jose Convention Center, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The event will honor Google executive and tech industry leader Diane Greene as SVEF’s 2016 Pioneer Business Leader. Pioneers & Purpose is a celebration for education benefitting SVEF’s work to raise student performance in STEM education across Silicon Valley and beyond.

“I am delighted to be honored by SVEF and to have the opportunity to support the critical work they do to put students on track for college and career success,” said Greene. “SVEF is closing the achievement gap in Silicon Valley and building a stronger, more talented workforce ready to lead the state and the country into the future.”

Diane Greene is the leader of Google’s cloud businesses: Google Cloud, Google Technical Infrastructure, and Google Apps. She also serves on the boards of Alphabet, Intuit, Khan Academy, and MIT. Diane co-founded and was CEO of VMware from 1998-2008, taking the company public and to a $2 billion run-rate. Prior to VMware, Diane was co-founder and CEO of a low-bandwidth streaming video company, VXtreme, that was bought by Microsoft. She held engineering and management positions at SGI, Tandem, and Sybase, ran engineering for Windsurfing International, and worked as a naval architect designing ships and large ocean structure deployment systems.

“SVEF is thrilled to be honoring Diane Greene whose support of programs that focus on technology and education is inspiring and aligns with SVEF’s goals to innovate in the classroom,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO of SVEF. “Diane has had a long and impactful career around technology and is a natural choice for this honor.”

The Pioneer Business Leader award has been given to several other distinguished leaders in Silicon Valley since 2005. Past honorees include John Doerr, Venture Capitalist at Kleiner, Perkins Caufield and Byers; Mike Splinter, Former Chairman of Applied Materials; Mike McNamara, CEO of Flex; Larry Sonsini, Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Faysal Sohail, Managing Director of Presidio Partners; John W. Thompson, Former CEO of Symantec Corp. and CEO of Virtual Instruments; John Chambers, Executive Chairman and Former CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.; Michael Marks, Former Chairman of Flex; Bruce Chizen, Former CEO of Adobe Systems; Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, and H. Raymond Bingham, Managing Director of General Atlantic.

“Diane’s commitment to technology and education is remarkable and make her an excellent selection for the 2016 Pioneer Business Leader,” said John W. Thompson, SVEF Advisory Board member, former CEO of  Symantec and Chairman of Microsoft. “She combines a passion for both worlds in making a positive impact in the lives of others.”

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The San Jose Convention Center is located at 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

For more information, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, call (408) 790-9424, or email development@svefoundation.org.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

EdTech Startups Matched with Silicon Valley Classrooms in iHub Pitch Games Challenge

Sept. 2, 2016

Contact:

Connie Skipitares, SVEF

connie@svefoundation.org

(408) 205-8540

Arati Nagaraj, SVEF

arati@svefoundation.org

(408) 790-9553

EdTech Startups Matched with Silicon Valley Classrooms in “iHub Pitch Games” Challenge      

Event Hosted by Silicon Valley Education Foundation   

      

SAN JOSE, CA. – Ten education technology startups from across the globe were selected as the best “matches” for testing in area classrooms at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s 5th “iHub Pitch Games” held at Google Tech Corners TC6 in Sunnyvale on Wednesday (Aug. 31).

The companies will begin testing their products this month in 11 school districts across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

The companies on Wednesday pitched their products to a panel of educators and top Silicon Valley business leaders.  During the three-hour event, they answered questions about how their products would fit classroom needs presented by the teachers.  A total of 22 companies initially submitted applications to be considered for the Pitch Games.

All 10 companies selected offer math, science and English language programs that help K-12 students achieve.

The companies and schools that were matched are:

BirdBrain – Saratoga Elementary (Saratoga), Christopher High School (Gilroy), Ormondale Elementary (Portola Valley)

Cashtivity – Meyerholz STEM (Cupertino), Cabrillo Middle School (Santa Clara)

Cignition – Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School (Pacifica), Howe Avenue Elementary (San Juan District, Sacramento)

Green Ninja -Ocala STEAM (Alum Rock District, San Jose)

HSTRY – Christopher High School (Gilroy), Meyerholz (Cupertino)

Science Bits – Sunnyvale Middle School (Sunnyvale), Robertson Intermediate (Bayshore District, Daly City)

Makers Empire – Ocala STEAM (Alum Rock)

MathGames – Roy Cloud Elementary (Redwood City)

Peekapak – Stocklmeir Elementary (Cupertino), Ocean Shore Elementary (Pacifica)

Sown to Grow – AdVENTURE (Oak Grove District, San Jose), Corte Madera Elementary (Portola Valley)

The Pitch Games are part of a continuing effort by SVEF to bring top educational technology products into schools to pilot them with students and teachers and get immediate and valuable feedback.

In a new twist from previous Pitch Games, the 10 edtech companies started off the event by viewing teacher-created videos describing classroom teaching and learning needs. The companies then took 20 minutes to prepare a 60-second pitch to address these needs in front of the panel of educators and business leaders. Also new this year was on-the-spot feedback from audience members who were asked to recommend the best presentations.

“Bringing together educators and edtech innovators is a powerful way to transform classroom teaching and learning and ultimately improve student achievement,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “It helps to develop a deep understanding of both student and teacher needs.”

The judges panel included Bram Bout, Director, Google for Education; Burton Goldfield, CEO, TriNet; Marc Suidan, Partner, PwC; Tracy Frey, Head of Chrome & Education Solutions, Google; Jesse Lovejoy, Director, STEAM Education, 49ers Museum; Karl Rectanus, Founder and CEO, LearnTrials; Karen Johnson, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The pilot evaluation will take place in the classrooms through December. During this time, students and teachers will provide valuable feedback to product developers, enabling them to make appropriate improvements to their products to more closely align with real needs in the classrooms.

The competition on Wednesday was SVEF’s 5th successful “iHub Pitch Games” held in the past two years. These games were developed out of SVEF’s Learning Innovation Hub, a network that connects EdTech developers and educators to evaluate edtech in the classroom and address specific teaching and learning needs.

By strengthening the relationship between the two groups, SVEF facilitates collaboration and product feedback for optimal decisions to integrate technology tools and solutions for our classrooms. The Pitch Games are iHub’s signature event. The initiative is supported by grant funding and thought leadership from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

More information on the iHub can be found at www.svef.com/ihub.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education in the region. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

SVEF's Pitch Games Competition Comes to Silicon Valley Aug. 31

August 25, 2016
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SVEF’s “Pitch Games” Competition Comes to Silicon Valley Aug. 31

        Contest Matches EdTech Startups with Classroom Needs    

SAN JOSE, CA. – Get a first peek into the newest trends in education technology as EdTech startups compete for a chance to introduce their products in area classrooms at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)’s 5th “iHub Pitch Games” on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The event will take place at Google Tech Corners TC6, 815 11th Ave., Sunnyvale from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Pitch Games are part of a continuing effort by SVEF to bring top educational technology products into schools to pilot them with students and teachers and get immediate and valuable feedback.

In a new twist from previous Pitch Games, 10 edtech companies from across the globe will view teacher-created videos describing classroom teaching and learning needs. The companies then take 20 minutes to prepare a 60-second pitch to address these needs in front of a panel of educators and business leaders. Also new this year is on-the-spot feedback from the audience who will be asked to vote for the best presentations.

“Bringing together educators and edtech innovators is a powerful way to transform classroom teaching and learning and ultimately improve student achievement,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “It helps to develop a deep understanding of both student and teacher needs.”

Panelists include Jorge Titinger, President & CEO of SGI; Kathy Gomez, Superintendent of Evergreen School District; Bram Bout, Director, Google for Education; Marc Suidan, Partner, PwC; Tracy Frey, Head of Chrome & Education Solutions, Google; Jesse Lovejoy, Director, STEAM Education, 49ers Museum; Karl Rectanus, Founder and CEO, LearnTrials; Karen Johnson, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The EdTech entrepreneurs include Sown to Grow, Learning Bits, Green Ninja, Cignition, Cashtivity, BirdBrain, Peekapak, HSTRY, Makers Empire and MathGames. A pared-down group of the companies then move on to be matched with more than 40 teachers selected from 11 districts across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

The pilot evaluation will then take place in these classrooms from September to December. During this time, students and teachers will provide valuable feedback to product developers, enabling them to make appropriate improvements to their products to more closely align with real needs in the classrooms.

The iHub Pitch Games are a project developed from SVEF’s Learning Innovation Hub (iHub), a network that connects product developers with teachers to evaluate edtech in the classroom to address specific teaching and learning needs. By strengthening the relationship between the two groups, SVEF facilitates collaboration and product feedback for optimal decisions to integrate technology tools and solutions for our classrooms. The Pitch Games are iHub’s signature event.

In the most recent round of Pitch Games in October 2015, 24 teachers from 7 districts evaluated 7 edtech products. Developers gained valuable feedback, teachers learned new techniques of integrating technology into their instruction, and students were engaged in providing feedback and using edtech in their learning.

SVEF has held four successful “iHub Pitch Games” over the past two years. The initiative is supported by grant funding and thought leadership from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Media interested in attending should contact Connie Skipitares at connie@svefoundation.org or (408) 205-8540.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education in the region. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

 

Young Coders Get a Taste of Cybersecurity World at Intel

August 31, 2016
Contact:
Connie Skipitares, SVEF
connie@svefoundation.org
(408) 205-8540

Young Coders Get a Taste of Cybersecurity World at Intel
First Cybersecurity Hack and Learn Event  

              

SANTA CLARA, CA. – Young coders got a look into the world of cybersecurity this weekend as a team of Intel experts challenged them to use their coding and hacking skills to detect and resolve security problems at the first Cybersecurity Hack and Learn Event at Intel.

Hosted and sponsored by Intel, the event was held at the Intel Security campus in Santa Clara. Other critical partners contributing to the event’s success included Coderdojo Silicon Valley and Derivative Technology LLC. The event counted as an experience on the Cybersecurity Playlist promoted by the LRNG project that connects students with their learning interests to build skills for college and careers. The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is currently in a 6-month pilot of the LRNG platform.

Three dozen students, aged 13-16 attended the all-day workshop and heard top cybersecurity leaders, such as Carl Woodward, Chief Innovation Solutions Architect at Intel, discuss how prevalent cyber attacks have become and the critical need for the kind of security protection work Intel does. Cyber attacks have targeted the full spectrum of industry from Wendy’s fast food restaurants to Mattel, creator of Barbie.

Patty Hatter, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Security and Software Group IT, as well as CIO of Intel Security Group for Intel Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors at SVEF, addressed the participating students. She noted that the cybersecurity field is experiencing a crisis-level shortage of talent. Encouraging the young coders to look to a career in cybersecurity, she told them, “Intel will hire students just like you when you get out of school – or even on Monday.”

 Woodward demonstrated to the students the ease of penetrating standard security technology to gain access to usernames and passwords on popular social media site Facebook. He and the other experts shared details about the wide variety of issues they tackle in their everyday work, from hacking mobile phone networks for investigations, to using software to develop hardware, and teaching middle and high school students how to program.

The students learned that while computers have the ability to connect the world, they can also be dangerous and reveal information that was never intended to be shared with the universe.

During the event, students were matched with mentors to help them in coding exercises, such as writing a malware detector in Python, a popular high-level programming language. Many students said they were interested in cybersecurity because of its potential to solve real-world problems, for instance, in military applications. A number of the students started programming between the ages of 5 – 8, teaching themselves by creating video games.

Tim Bussey, COO at SVEF, encouraged the students to pursue careers in cybersecurity as they would be almost assured high-paying jobs at fun companies, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, given the shortfall of expertise in this field.

SVEF focuses on preparing students in STEM education for careers in those fields. Its signature product is a math intervention program, Elevate [Math], that prepares 7-10th grade students for their next-level math course and eventually for four-year colleges. SVEF’s partnership with LRNG and collaboration with local organizations brings real-life learning experiences to students in the region.

Intel Security is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company that focuses on data protection, mobile security and endpoint protection.

At the close of the Intel event, students received certificates of completion and were given Intel swag bags with Hack and Learn t-shirts.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education in the region. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

Silicon Valley Movers & Shakers Hit the Runway for Education

August 3, 2016
Contact:
Connie Skipitares, SVEF
connie@svefoundation.org
(408) 205-8540

Silicon Valley Movers & Shakers Hit the Runway for Education

        SVEF Hosts Style of STEM – A Fashion Show for Education Aug. 17    

SAN JOSE, CA. – Top Silicon Valley leaders and educators will strut their stuff on the catwalk at Santana Row when the Silicon Valley Education Foundation presents its 2nd annual fashion extravaganza – Style of STEM – on Aug. 17.

            The local luminaries-turned-models will show off the latest fashions from Santana Row retailers as guests sip wine and nosh on hors d’oeuvres. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful park in the heart of Santana Row, across from the Left Bank restaurant. All proceeds will benefit the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s STEM education programs to ensure that all students are college and career ready.

The show this year will feature dynamic duos and power couples of Silicon Valley, in addition to prominent local leaders.

            Among them are Sam Liccardo, San Jose Mayor, and wife, Jessica Garcia-Kohl, Vice President of City Development for LRNG; Al Guido, San Francisco 49ers president, and daughters, 7-year-old Estella and 5-year-old Sloane; Eric Heitmann, former 49ers center, and wife Emily; and Maria Amundson, philanthropist and former Global Tech Chair at Edelman PR, and husband Dr. Elliot Krane, Chief of the Pediatric Pain Clinic at Stanford Children’s Hospital.

 The lineup of models also includes:
  • Chris Funk, Superintendent, East Side Union High School District

  • Hilaria Bauer, Superintendent, Alum Rock Union School District

  • Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor

  • Magdalena Carrasco, San Jose City Council Member

  • D. John Miller, CEO, DJM Capital Partners

  • Teresa Alvarado, Executive Director, SPUR

  • Muhammed Chaudhry, CEO, SVEF

  • Johnny Gogo, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney

  • Paymon Zarghami, San Jose Unified School District Board Member

  • Jim Cuneen, Former California State Assemblyman; current  Principal, California Strategies

  • Guisselle Nunez, Director, Public Relations, Marketing & Govt. Relations, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

  • Ron Gonzales, former Mayor of San Jose, current CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

  • Ana Mariategue, Miss Greater Bay Area, USA Pageant

  • Patrick Maben Hammon, Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

                                                                                                                        

WHEN:  Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

             5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Santana Row Park, 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA

TICKETS: $30, available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/style-of-stem-tickets-26043580049?aff=eac2

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education in the region. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

 

CA Superintendents Tech for Schools Summit

For Immediate Release

July 18, 2016

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California Superintendents Tech for Schools Summit
                                                                                                                                      

SAN JOSE, CA. – The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and EdSurge will co-host the all-day “California Superintendents Tech for Schools Summit” Tuesday, July 26, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, from 7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The welcome address will be presented by Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Summit will showcase more than 30 education technology products available for the superintendents and their teams to review.

The Summit will give attendees an opportunity to engage in active conversation around the use and implementation of technology in schools. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field through various panels.

Educator panels will tackle topics including student data privacy, equity of access to technology for students and teachers, and teacher professional development needs for integration of technology in the classroom.

PANELISTS:

  • Joseph South, Director, Office of Technology, US Dept. of Education
  • Terry Grier, former supt., Houston Independent School District
  • Manny Barbara, VP, Advocacy & Thought Leadership, SVEF
  • Stella Kemp, Asst. Supt. Ed. Services, Franklin-McKinley School District
  • Gretchen Shipley, Co-Chair eMatters Practice Group, Fagen, Friedman, Fulfrost law firm
  • Amy Wong, Director, Instruct. Technology, Cupertino Union School District

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 26, 2016

                  7:30 AM – 3: 15 PM

WHERE: Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA

RSVP/MEDIA:  Connie Skipitares at connie@svefoundation.org or 408.205.8540.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education in the region. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

SVEF Opens Applications for 2016 STEM Innovation Awards

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2016
Contact:
Connie Skipitares, SVEF
connie@svefoundation.org
(408) 205-8540

Silicon Valley Education Foundation Opens Applications for 2016 STEM Innovation Awards   

Prestigious awards honor those leading the way in STEM education           

San Jose, CA. –  The Silicon Valley Education Foundation is now accepting applications and nominations for the 6th Annual STEM Innovation Awards. SVEF invites organizations to apply directly and encourages the community to submit names of organizations, programs, or individuals doing exceptional work in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

            Applications are due by Wednesday, Aug. 31.

            The awards, sponsored by leading Silicon Valley companies, honor organizations and programs whose work leads the way in advancing STEM education while inspiring students and teachers across the nation.

Applicants are drawn from across the U.S. whose work focuses on improving STEM education nationwide. Four awardees will be selected and honored at SVEF’s annual Pioneers & Purpose: A Celebration for Education, giving them the opportunity for increased visibility throughout the community. Non-profit winners receive a $5,000 grant for their work.

             Last year’s honorees included: Project Lead The Way, Inc., Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), Girlstart and e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange. Last year’s sponsors include: Flex, SanDisk, EY, and Oracle.

            “We hope to find the top people, programs and companies that can inspire students across Silicon Valley to become our next innovators and technology leaders,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “It is crucial to urge more students to explore STEM subjects and future careers to help alleviate the dire STEM workforce shortage.”

To access the STEM Innovation Awards application, go to STEM Innovation Award Application.

            To nominate a program or organization, go to STEM Innovation nomination Application.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education in the region. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

Second SV Wine Auction a success; raises over $700K, draws over 1,000

For Immediate Release

April 20, 2016

Contact:
Connie Skipitares, SVEF
connie@svefoundation.org
(408) 205-8540

2nd Annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction Raises Over $700K for Education
               1,000 in Attendance to Support Education          

SAN JOSE, CA. – More than 1,000 guests enjoyed premium local wines and fabulous silent auction items at the second annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction held Saturday, April 16 at Levi’s® Stadium. Presented by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) svef.com and the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA) scmwa.com, the event raised over $700,000 directly benefiting SVEF’s STEM education programs, including Elevate [Math] and the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute.

The Grand Wine Tasting featured over 40 vintners from the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association pouring more than 150 premium wines as guests strolled through Levi’s® 501 Club. The Grand Wine Tasting also featured a silent auction with over 100 lots. The event drew more than 700 attendees.

The evening VIP reception, Wine Pairing Dinner and Live Auction in the stadium’s elegant Brocade Club hosted 350 guests, who enjoyed a five-course dinner paired with exclusively selected wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains. On hand as Master of Ceremonies was Romney Dunbar. The Live Auction was hosted by the famed “Gavel Girl,” DawnMarie Kotsonis.
Notable auction items included an away game trip with the San Francisco 49ers; a meal with San Francisco 49ers co-chairman John York in the owner’s suite; private winemaker dinners with Mount Eden Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards and Thomas Fogarty Winery, and a very special winemaker dinner with Burrell School in Larry Carter’s famed car garage, which holds his 1967 Ferrari 275. The dinner also featured a raffle for a pair of spectacular diamond earrings, courtesy of Joe Escobar Diamonds.

Top Sponsors for the event included: Title Sponsors, Scott Cook & Signe Ostby; Brocade Communications Systems; 8 Partners; the Krause Foundation; JPMorgan Chase; DJM Capital Partners; Kings Mountain Vineyards; House Family Vineyards; Wells Fargo; the Kahng Foundation; Fremont Bank; First Tech Federal Credit Union; PwC; Brenner Financial Services; Manus Family Foundation; Ferris Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, and The Core Companies.

“We are delighted to have been a part of the Silicon Valley Wine Auction and that it was a fantastic success,” said Scott Cook. “It was an amazing day of great wine and food for a wonderful cause — helping STEM education in public schools in Silicon Valley.”

“We are so thankful to our Silicon Valley Wine Auction partners for making this second event such a phenomenal success,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO of SVEF.  “We appreciate the many donors who came to support our STEM education programs that prepare all students for college and career success.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the Wine Auction results,” said Dave Moulton, President of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association and CEO of Burrell School Vineyards. “We’re grateful to our very generous wineries and bidders who contributed to the overall success of the event, to the hard-working planning committee that helped us plan everything and to our partnership with SVEF.”

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students. To learn more, please visit: www.svefoundation.org.

About SCMWA

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association is an alliance of more than 70 wineries promoting wines produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation, federally recognized in 1981. The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation was among the first to be defined by mountain topography, following the fog line along the coast to include the highest vineyards on the ridge tops—some as high as 2600 feet elevation. The region encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountains range and extends from Woodside in the north to Watsonville in the south; and from Monterey Bay along the coast to Silicon Valley inland.  For more information, contact the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA), phone (831) 685-8463, or contact@scmwa.com, fax (831) 688-6961, www.scmwa.com.

Spartan East Side Promise Prepares Students for SJSU Admission

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2016

Contact:
Connie Skipitares, SVEF
connie@svefoundation.org
(408) 205-8540

Linda Ornelas, ESUHSD
ornelas@esuhsd.org
(408) 347-5014

Pat Lopes Harris, SJSU
pat.harris@sjsu.edu
(408) 924-1748

Spartan East Side Promise” to Prepare ESUHSD Students for SJSU Admission
                 Initiative fosters a college-going culture           

SAN JOSE, CA. – An initiative that fosters a college-going culture in East San Jose schools and promises to help prepare students for admission to San Jose State University will be unveiled at a formal “promise signing” on April 29.

WHAT:      Spartan East Side Promise
WHEN:      Friday, April 29, 2016
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
WHERE:    W.C. Overfelt High School
Room F5
1835 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, CA 95122

Remarks will be offered by East Side students, SJSU Interim President Susan Martin, East Side Union High School District Superintendent Chris D. Funk and Silicon Valley Education Foundation CEO Muhammed Chaudhry.

The “Spartan East Side Promise” provides a pathway to admission to SJSU by clearly specifying admissions requirements and actively sharing this information with students and families at the 13 high schools in the East Side Union High School District.

The Spartan East Side Promise is a collaborative venture created by SJSU and ESUHSD, with support from the East Side Alliance, a network that includes ESUHSD, seven elementary feeder school districts (Alum Rock, Berryessa, Evergreen, Franklin-McKinley, Mt. Pleasant, Oak Grove, Orchard), and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The East Side Alliance brings together these eight districts as an educational community to share ideas, leverage resources, and align practices to ensure every student’s success.

In order to gain admission into SJSU, students must meet the California State University/University of California course requirements known as the “A-G” requirements — a set of 15 high school course requirements covering a range of subjects that establish a foundation for college-level work.

Students must achieve a “C” grade or better in these subjects. Students at ESUHSD this fall must also earn a 3300 eligibility Index (SAT) or 790 (ACT), and require no remediation as determined by math and English placement test scores. The eligibility index is based on grades and test scores.

By clearly articulating the specific criteria for SJSU admission as part of theSpartan East Side Promise, ESUHSD students will know what is expected early in their academic careers and can prepare to take the steps needed to ensure college admission at SJSU.

The key here is locking in the eligibility index. The EIigibility Index that an East Side student enters high school with will be the maximum EI when that student applies for admission to SJSU. This is important because SJSU may need to make upward adjustments to the EI for other applicants, depending on the university’s capacity to admit new students.

“We want students and families to see how students can go to college and earn a degree. This program provides a clear roadmap for success,” SJSU Interim President Susan Martin said. “We are excited to collaborate with East Side Union High School District, the East Side Alliance and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation on this innovative program to serve local students.”

SJSU will provide presentations on CSU and SJSU admission requirements to students and their families at ESUHSD schools and middle schools feeding into ESUHSD; participate in onsite college fairs; identify a specific admissions counselor and financial aid counselor for East Side students and families; offer opportunities for ESUHSD students to visit SJSU, and ensure East Side Union high schools have publications regarding SJSU admission requirements.

The ESUHSD will appoint a district sponsor to work with SJSU; provide opportunities and facilities for SJSU representatives to meet with East Side students, families, faculty and counselors; provide bus transportation for ESHUSD students to visit SJSU and tour campus; promote the Spartan East Side Promise in elementary, middle and high schools, and identify a specific contact for SJSU at each high school.

“This is an exciting program that will provide a clear pathway into a university for students who might not otherwise gain this access,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “We are thrilled to be giving students this chance for a bright future and rewarding career opportunities ahead.”

Chris D. Funk, superintendent of the East Side Union High School District, said, “the Spartan East Side Promise will reinforce all our current efforts to create an environment that encourages our students to strive for college.”

Kathy Gomez, Evergreen School District superintendent, added, “we are excited to provide our East Side Alliance elementary students with a college pathway to a great California State University right here in their own backyard!”

“I want to acknowledge and thank both Interim President Sue Martin and former President Mo Qayoumi, who have been active partners with the East Side Alliance and have made the Spartan East Side Promise possible,” said Manny Barbara, SVEF coordinator of the East Side Alliance.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students. To learn more, please visit: www.svef.com.

About East Side Union High School District
East Side Union High School District, established in 1950, serves more than 23,000 students in grades 9-12 in San Jose, Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley). The district has approximately 2,021 employees. It has the seventh largest high school student enrollment in the state and the largest in northern California. The district’s mission is to align decisions to create safe, dynamic and relevant learning environments that inspire critical thinking, problem solving and innovation.

About San Jose State University
The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations – offered through its eight colleges.
With more than 32,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San José State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.
The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

SVEF Scales Elevate Math to High School; Triples Enrollment in 2016

For Immediate Release

Feb. 12, 2016

Contact:
Connie Skipitares, SVEF
connie@svefoundation.org
(408) 205-8540

SV Education Foundation to Scale Elevate [Math] to High School and Triple Enrollment in 2016
           Program to grow to more than 3,000 students             

SAN JOSE, CA. – Building on the success of its flagship program, Elevate [Math], the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) will scale Elevate to now serve grades 7 through 10, and plans to triple student enrollment over the next year to more than 3,000 students. The program last year enrolled 1,150 students.

Since 2008, the Elevate [Math] program has offered 19 days of instruction designed to prepare students for their next-level math course and keep them on a track to attend college.  In partnership with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, this intervention program also emphasizes a college-going culture by offering college field trips to students, many of whom will be the first in their family to go to college. Corporate volunteers are also welcome to tutor and mentor students.

            Recently, WestEd, the regional wing of the U.S. Department of Education, released results of a year-long study of Elevate [Math] and its impact, concluding that students in the program were 2.5 times more likely to be algebra-ready in comparison to students who did not take the course. The study also found that Elevate [Math] was two times more effective than similar summer intervention programs.

Expanding Elevate [Math] to 9th and 10th grades this year will allow high school students to prepare for college-prep Integrated Math 1 and Integrated Math 2, which cover algebra, geometry, trigonometry and analysis. Ninth and 10th graders will go through a 24-day program. These classes are aligned with Common Core State Standards and are crucial steps in qualifying for college.

Now in its 9th year, Elevate [Math] will continue to provide classes in four counties — including Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz counties in California, and Salem-Keizer county in Oregon — and will focus on expanding into more school districts in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

“Our program is proven to deliver effective intervention that increases math learning and prepares students for the rigorous challenges in high school and college,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, CEO of SVEF. “With one in four jobs of the future requiring strong math skills, it’s critical that students have a good math foundation. It is our responsibility to prepare them for the workplace and the future needs of Silicon Valley.”

          SVEF works alongside certificated teachers from partner school districts to lead Elevate [Math] classes and provides more than 36 hours of intensive professional development for teachers. After the program ends each summer, these teachers go on to utilize their professional development to impact an average of 150 additional students per year.

Elevate [Math] this year is made possible by grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, House Family Foundation, Flex, Broadcom, US Bank, eBay, PG&E, SanDisk, American Eagle Outfitters Foundation, Cisco, The Myra Reinhard Foundation, The Hoven Family Foundation, Sares Regis, and Charlie Simmons.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students. To learn more, please visit: www.svefoundation.org.

SVEF Hosts STEM Discovery Day at Levi's Stadium

For Immediate Release

Dec. 4, 2015

Contact:
Connie Skipitares, SVEF
connie@svefoundation.org
(408) 205-8540

SVEF Hosts “STEM Discovery Day” Dec. 12 at Levi’s Stadium

    Games & Music Celebrate Diversity and STEM Education    
SAN JOSE, CA. –  To celebrate STEM education programs and their role in building future leaders and innovators, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), in partnership with All Stars Helping Kids (ASHK), will host a fun-filled day of STEM games and musical entertainment for youth on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Levi’s Stadium.

           “STEM Discovery Day” celebrates diversity and will engage local families in STEM education principles that are so crucial to 21st century workforce skills. Activities take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the stadium’s United Club. Students from throughout Silicon Valley will participate in hands-on fun, including Lego robotics workshops, coding activities and demonstrations focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.

           Musical entertainment will be provided after the activities by popular Latin band Suenatron, whose members are sons of musicians in the Latin Grammy Award winning group Los Tigres del Norte. The event will wrap up at 5 p.m. Any proceeds from the event will benefit the programs of SVEF and ASHK, two Bay Area organizations making a major impact in helping students prepare for college and careers.

           SVEF provides summer and year-round math intervention programs, called Elevate [Math] and Elevate [Math] Plus, for students at underserved schools. The non-profit also partners with the San Francisco 49ers and Chevron to present the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute for academically talented students who engage in rigorous STEM projects in a college prep setting. ASHK invests in academic programs, as well as providing health & fitness and life skills support to low-income, at-risk youths across the San Francisco Bay Area.

           “This event gives us a chance to encourage more students – and their parents – to embrace STEM and see that it is fun to study,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. “We hope it inspires more conversations around the dinner table about the importance of STEM and producing more graduates to enter STEM fields. We need more STEM students to meet the tech job demand.”

            “We look forward to this day of music and fun for our kids and hope it inspires them to continue their interest in STEM studies,” said Ronnie Lott, founder and president of ASHK. “Our goal is to help improve the quality of their academic lives and aim them toward great colleges and great careers.”

           Organizations and individuals partnering to support STEM Discovery Day include the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, TechShop San Jose, San Jose Public Library, MathChat, Embark Labs, Ravenswood Makerspace Initiative, Silicon Valley CTE, Teaching Garage, Rick Shertle, and Samantha King.

            STEM-related jobs are among the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, with more than 1.4 million tech jobs projected to be created by 2020. Unfortunately, most of those jobs are expected to remain vacant because of the shortage of qualified applicants. It is crucial to expose more students to STEM learning and resources so they cultivate an interest in pursuing college majors and careers in STEM fields.
For more information, visit www.svef.com.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students.

About ASHK
All Stars Helping Kids is in its 25th year providing seed funding, professional consulting services, and one-on-one organizational support for growing nonprofits that improve the lives of disadvantaged youth in the Bay Area. The goal is to help these organizations achieve sustainability and meaningful results. All Stars has invested in more than 30 educational nonprofits, such as Camp Phoenix, Upwardroots, Alpha Public Schools, One Degree, Wishbone and many more. 
 

 

Female STEM Leaders Share Challenges, Insights

For Immediate Release

Nov. 19, 2015

Contact:
Connie Skipitares, SVEF
connie@svefoundation.org
(408) 205-8540

Women in STEM Forum

Female STEM Leaders Share Challenges & Insights at SVEF Event   
SAN JOSE, CA. –  A crowd of students, educators and community leaders packed the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s Women in STEM Forum at Google on Thursday to hear top-level female executives give insights on their professional journeys into science, technology, engineering and math careers in Silicon Valley.

           More than 175 people attended the two-hour forum featuring five women who work in top positions at several Bay Area STEM companies. The panelists discussed their educational backgrounds, their experiences working in STEM fields, developing role models, and nurturing women’s interest in math and science as early as elementary school.

Panelists included Mo Fong, Director of K-12 Education Outreach at Google; Shelly Kapoor Collins, CEO & founder of Tech Hill Advisors; Jing Liao, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at TriNet; Erin Teague, Director of Product Management at Yahoo, and Winnie Yu, Director of Emerging Medical Technologies & Startups at Flex.

San Jose City Council Member Magdalena Carrasco served as the panel moderator.

           The audience included students from Independence and Pioneer High schools interested in learning about the challenges and inspirations of women who work in STEM careers.

           All the panelists said parental support, mentoring by teachers and other adults, hard work, and believing in yourself to push through seemingly insurmountable barriers were critical in their journeys to success.

Liao told the crowd, “there’s no reason to say girls can’t go into STEM. There’s no capability issue here. Until that is proven, prove it wrong.”  Liao said she was motivated to pursue a STEM career by her math professor father, who told her “if you know math, science and writing you’ll never starve.”

           Teague said the reasons more girls don’t pursue STEM studies and women don’t pursue STEM careers are multi-faceted, often starting in childhood and adolescence with the introduction of toys. “Boys are encouraged to play with Legos, building blocks and video games that strengthen critical thinking skills,” she said. “Girls are not. Societal attitudes have to change.”

           Kapoor Collins said role models for young girls are crucial. Unfortunately, there is a severe lack of them. “Women can’t be what they can’t see,” she said.

           Fong urged young girls to persevere in pursuing math and science if they enjoy the subjects, regardless of prior performance.  “Don’t worry about what’s behind you; reach for what lies ahead.” Fong took inspiration from her father, who told her to “think of the hardest thing you can do and do that. The rest will come easy by comparison.”

Yu said, “don’t let people tell you that women don’t do math. Don’t let the world fit you into a mold. Find the strength to be what you want to be.”

Despite accounting for nearly half of the U.S. workforce, women continue to be sorely  underrepresented in the STEM fields – they comprise only 26% of the STEM workforce. Cultivating women and girls in STEM-related fields is critical in narrowing not only the achievement gap, but the wage gap between genders as well.

            “We need to give young girls the academic and emotional support to pursue science, technology, engineering and math so they can go on to create a new generation of female innovators and leaders,” said SVEF CEO Muhammed Chaudhry

           Event sponsors were Flex, Google and United Airlines. SVEF’s key mission is promoting STEM education to prepare all students for college and careers.

            For more information, visit www.svef.com.

About SVEF

Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students. 

SVEF Honors Business Icon and Education Philanthropist John Doerr

Nov. 5, 2015

Contact:
Connie Skipitares, SVEF
connie@svefoundation.org
(408) 205-8540

Silicon Valley Education Foundation Honors Business Icon and Education Philanthropist John Doerr
Pioneers & Purpose fundraiser hosts 500 guests; raises more than $1.3 million 
SAN JOSE, CA. –  Venture capitalist and Silicon Valley business icon John Doerr was honored this week (Nov. 4) at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s (SVEF) 11th annualPioneers & Purpose dinner held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

Doerr, a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), was named as SVEF’s 2015 Pioneer Business Leader for his exceptional leadership in the worlds of business and educational philanthropy.

The event was attended by 500 guests and raised more than $1.3 million in support of  public education and student performance in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

Pioneers & Purpose is SVEF’s signature event that has raised more than $9 million over the last decade to help increase academic achievement for public school students and teachers.

“SVEF is thrilled to be honoring John Doerr, an iconic leader in Silicon Valley and a longtime champion of public education,” said Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO of SVEF. “John has used his passion and influence to make a positive impact on people’s lives, especially children, and is a natural choice for Pioneer Business Leader.”

“I am honored to be associated with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the critical work it does to keep students on track to graduate from high school, be prepared for college and build successful careers,” said Doerr. “SVEF is building a stronger Silicon Valley with a more talented workforce ready to lead the state and the country into the future.”

In addition to Doerr, Dave Hill, a math teacher at Dartmouth Middle School in San Jose, was recognized as Educator of the Year. Four recipients of SVEF’s 5th annual STEM Innovation Awards were also honored for their work in STEM education.

The STEM Innovation Award winners were Project Lead The Way, Inc.,Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), Girlstart and e-NABLE Educators’ Exchange. These organizations represent the nation’s leading programs in STEM education, and help students prepare for college and careers. Each of the award winners will receive a $5,000 grant.

The event also featured 7th and 8th grade students from SVEF’s 49ers STEM Leadership Institute-Chevron STEMZone, who faced off in lively math and science challenges against Silicon Valley executives. The students clobbered the adults in all three challenges!

A highlight of the evening was an on-stage interview between Doerr and John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of Microsoft, about the state of education and the importance of preparing students for high-tech jobs in the global market. Thompson is also a previous Pioneer Business Leader.

Doerr joined KPCB in 1980 and has since backed some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. Doerr‘s passion is helping entrepreneurs create the “Next Big Thing” in mobile and social networks, GreenTech innovation, education and economic development. Ventures sponsored by Doerr have created more than 200,000 new jobs. Doerr serves on the boards of Amyris, Google and Zynga, as well as several private technology ventures.

Outside of KPCB, Doerr supports entrepreneurs focused on the environment, public education and alleviating global poverty. These include NewSchools.org, TechNet.org, the Climate Reality Project and ONE.org.

Doerr earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a member of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Major donors supporting the event and the STEM Innovation Awards included Ann &John Doerr, John & Sandi Thompson, the William V. Campbell Foundation, the Emerson Collective, Flex, Fremont Bank, Qatalyst, EY, SanDisk, Oracle and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation.

Past Pioneer Business Leader recipients include Thompson; Mike Splinter, former Chairman of Applied Materials; Mike McNamara, CEO of Flex; Larry Sonsini, Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Faysal Sohail, Managing Director of Presidio Partners;John Chambers, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.; Michael Marks, former Chairman of Flex; Bruce Chizen, former CEO of Adobe Systems; Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, and H. Raymond Bingham, Managing Director of General Atlantic.

For more information about SVEF programs and initiatives, visit svefoundation.org.

About SVEF
Silicon Valley Education Foundation is a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators. We drive scholastic achievement in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by combining resources and partnerships to provide innovative academic programs. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students. 

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