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    SEF's mission is to maintain and enhance the high quality of a Summit, New Jersey public school education through community funding of innovative and essential educational programs, a close working relationship with the school district, and careful review, evaluation and financial oversight of supported initiatives.
  • What's Happening At SEF?

    SEF Awards Fall 2020 Grants

    The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our grant awards for the 2020 fall grant cycle. With generous support from our member families, the Foundation was able to approve funding for 19 grants across the school district of $102,804.  These grants, submitted by teachers and administrators, benefit our students at our nine schools and support the district's 2020-21 goals.  These goals include providing global, culturally-inclusive instructional programming; improving student performance in Math and English Language Arts; and cultivating a love of learning through innovative teaching practices. Click here to read more about grants coming to you school or here to see a full list of awarded grants. A sampling of the approved grants for this grant cycle include:
    • Professional Development for our District Literacy Coaches from the LETRS Suite of Professional Learning with a focus on research based literacy instruction. $2,464


    • Teachers and District Literacy Coaches from Pre-K to Grade 5 will pilot materials from the Heggerty Curriculum, Morpheme Magic, and Phonics and Spelling through Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping to further support district wide phonics instruction. $2,297


    • Kindergarten Book Bridge will expand student access to new “Just Right” books that enhance the phonics program in all fourteen Primary Center classrooms. $9,489


    • Expand all existing classroom libraries in grades K-2 with more diverse books that have culturally-inclusive characters, authors, and experiences. $10,240


    • Orton Gillingham in a Bag provides individualized materials to Jefferson Elementary Students who need a socially distanced/safe way to enhance their phonics and reading skills. $758


    • A 3 year Reflex Math Subscription for all Elementary Schools - broadens access to a game-based Math Fact Fluency computer program revered by teachers and loved by students district wide. $37,811


    • New FrontRow Juno FM Systems in 6 classrooms at Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School to improve clarity of teacher instruction and decrease background noise. $9,120


    • A one year subscription to Swank Motion Pictures, a K-12 video streaming service that provides access to a vast collection of copyright-friendly motion pictures and documentaries at LCJSMS. $1,100


    • SHS Art Magazine - will support the printing of the third issue of The Artifact. $1,394


    • New Keyboard and Audio Production Lab Equipment for the Music Department at SHS. $14,125


    • Class sets of​ March​ by John Lewis for US History II curriculum at SHS. $538


    • New Sliding Whiteboard Panel Systems in 3 Math Classrooms at SHS to enhance instruction for in person and virtual students. $4,890


    • New Canon Color Poster Printer in SHS Media Center - to be utilized by all teachers, departments, administration, and extra-curricular clubs as requested. $4,685


    • Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets and Pens to support virtual teaching for 6 Math and 6 Science Classrooms at SHS. $820


    • One year site license for Kami at SHS which provides a robust set of web-based tools that support enhanced feedback and multi-media, digital annotation. $2,958


    SEF has made a difference for Summit Public Schools during the start of the 2020-21 school year!  We are so happy to hear how our approval of emergency grants is impacting hybrid instruction.  Click here to see the letter SEF received from the Summit Board of Education.

    Between March and September 2020, SEF approved nine emergency grants totaling $95,063 ($23k in the Spring and Summer and $72k in September). These grants provided financial support for online learning programs (Learning Ally, Gizmo, Membean, Formative, and Parlay), state-of-the-art equipment for teachers (Amplification Systems and Document Cameras), resources to support FLASH At-Home, as well as a SNAP grant to provide creative activities designed to enhance reading, writing and problem solving skills for at-risk students in grades 1 through 5. Click here to see further detail on approved COVID-19 Grants or here to see a full list of awarded grants.






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