Creating Opportunities for Students and Teachers

2013-14 Accomplishments

  • Awarded 48 Strowd Roses and Classroom and Student Enrichment grants to teacher teams or teacher/parent collaborative teams.
  • Awarded 39 Achievers Fund grants for out-of-school learning and enrichment for 2,557 low income or low borderline proficient K-12 students.
  • Awarded 17 student scholarships for higher education.
  • Selected 10 recipients for endowed teaching chairs and 51 other awards to teachers and staff who demonstrate outstanding performance.
  • Awarded scholarships for teachers pursuing initial certification and recertification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. National board certification is a self-initiated, rigorous certification standard beyond the required state certification. To date, PSF has awarded national board certification scholarships to 181 teachers.
  • Awarded four International Teacher Travel Grants to enable selected teachers to travel to Latin America and France to learn the language and culture of the students they teach. A total of nine grants to date have supported educational experiences in Latin America, Africa, France and Germany. 
  • Funded Professional Development Impact Grants to address high need areas for improvement at each school. 
  • Funded professional development for teachers and teacher assistants in grades pre-K through grade 5 on the use of electronic white boards. 
  • Partnered with the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club to provide free school supplies valued at over $30,000 to specials, resource, novice teachers, family specialists, pre-K and Hospital School. Obtained funding for the project from the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and the Staples Foundation for Learning.
  • Hosted two Grant Writing Workshops to provide guidance on grants and funding resources to teachers and community members.
  • Managed $508,000 in restricted and pass-through funds for individual school or district programs, including Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate.
  • Sponsored the 17th annual Walk for Education with 8,000 walkers raising over $120,000 in direct support for schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district. 
  • Held the 3rd annual 5K for Fitness in April with more than 600 participants and incorporated a 6-week training program in conjunction with Fleet Feet Sports.
  • Hosted the 6th annual Novice Teacher Tea at which 50 novice teachers received cash gifts to start off their new careers.
  • Held the 10th annual “Teachers First Breakfast” benefit raising nearly $90,000 to support the Teachers First Initiative. The proceeds provide grants for national board certification fees for teachers and Student Enrichment Grants, as well as support for novice teachers, the PSF-East Chapel Hill Rotary Teacher Supply Store, the Educator Extra Credit Card and other programs designed to attract and retain outstanding teachers.




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