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“I ask teachers to come up with new ways to excite students to learn, especially, hands-on,” said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund. “Gareth Pearson is one of our teachers and he’s a shining example of how teachers come up with some of the best ideas and are willing to go the extra mile to actually try them out with their students.”
The Education Fund receives a proclamation from School Board member Dr. Marta Perez and the Miami-Dade County Public School Board.
Are you smarter than a 5th grader? You might be if The Education Fund gave grants to your teachers for creative learning projects while you were in school. The Miami Lakes non-profit, which promotes excellence in Miami-Dade Public Schools, is hosting an hour-long, virtual fundraiser that pits kids against adults on Wednesday, May 26th from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Can you calculate the area of a rectangle or explain the difference between comets and asteroids?
Those are the kinds of questions contestants in The Education Fund’s version of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” will answer in the virtual competition starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26. The one-hour event presented by Ocean Bank features adult contestants matching wits with fifth graders.
A grant from The Education Fund helped high school teacher Vanessa Radice to build an edible garden for her students. The students are learning more than nutrition from their gardening adventure.
Can you calculate the area of a rectangle or explain the difference between comets and asteroids?
Ocean Bank presents The Education Fund's version of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" a competition and fundraiser featuring adult contestants matching wits with fifth graders.
The Education Fund announces the release of its 2021 teacher grants so educators can develop and implement new instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn.
“Teachers are every bit as gifted as a star basketball player, a top litigator, or a renowned surgeon, but they don’t always get recognized for their talents and efforts. Our work is about surfacing these teachers and rewarding and supporting them for their work,” said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund.
Educators who want to expand their curriculum with innovative courses which they design can apply for grants from The Education Fund.
The Education Fund announces the release of its 2021 teacher grants so educators can develop and implement new instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn. The deadline for applications has been extended to Saturday, May 15.
With the help of sponsors and donors, The Education Fund has been able to distribute nearly $3 million in materials and food produce benefitting more than 90,415 families, 60 schools and 1,500 teachers, said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund.
Ford and Argo AI self-driving cars are being used by The Education Fund, a nonprofit that supports Miami-Dade schools, to deliver food and supplies.
Since the start of the pandemic, our team has been looking for ways to continue to safely support Miami families. The Education Fund team is proud to announce we are working with Ford Motor Company and it's self-driving tech partner Argo AI, to make autonomous vehicle deliveries. The pilot program is supporting 50 families who are receiving weekly "contactless" deliveries of food and school supplies via Ford's Fusion Hybrid self-driving test vehicles.
Ford AV teamed up with The Education Fund, a local non-profit in Miami-Dade County, building on previous business pilots to now conduct deliveries with our self-driving vehicles in autonomous mode.
The Education Fund is teaming-up with Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, its self-driving technology partner Argo AI, and Ford Motor Company Fund to make contactless deliveries in Ford’s Fusion Hybrid self-driving test vehicles.
We continue our work to meet critical gaps caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to your support, we have helped 87,500+ families all across Miami-Dade County with $2,316,625 in school & household supplies. Record-breaking to be sure, yet the need persists.
We have not stopped since the Covid-19 pandemic hit our community. Thanks to your support and our partnerships with 45+ non-profits, we have helped
57,470+ families all across Miami-Dade County. Take a look at our outreach efforts.
The Education Fund has always had the mission to enhance public education and now the nonprofit is helping feed needy families. The Fund’s staff and teachers are harvesting produce every week from 51 edible gardens and food forests in our public elementary schools through a project with Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition, and Empowered Youth USA.
The Education Fund’s Food Forests for Schools program has received a $100,000 grant from the USDA Farm-to-School grant. The food forests in public elementary schools Miami-Dade County transform schoolyards into outdoor eco-labs that provide both nutrient-dense food for school cafeterias and agricultural education.
The Education Fund announces an endowment fund in memory of board member Myrna Palley. The fund supports the work of budding artists in our public schools for many years to come.
During the pandemic, U.S. food banks are playing an essential role in communities. The Ford Fund COVID-19 Donation Match program is helping them keep up with increased demand for their services by teaming up with The Education Fund among others.
When schools were closed on March 13, we got to work. Thanks to your support and our partnerships with 30 non-profits, we have supported more than 19,000 families all across Miami-Dade County.
The Education Fund retooled its programs to supply teachers, students, and their families with materials to make distance learning easier and keep pantries stocked with food and household products in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Education Fund provided supplies to the Lotus House, a nonprofit in Miami-Dade County, for its programs like this one for kids and teens.
This week, Ed Fund Teachable Moments highlights Camillus House and CEO Hilda Fernandez. Find out how this organization that serves the homeless prepped for COVID-19 and its role in working with us to distribute supplies to people in need.
Programs like Food Forests for Schools are helping feed families in Miami-Dade County during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Education Fund is in a marathon race, with many exhausting sprints. We are working tirelessly to give our students, their families, and teachers the support they require. We have retooled all of our programs in the face of this adversity. We continue unstoppably.
“We are harvesting freshly grown produce like spinach, katuk, bananas, papayas, yuca, boniato. Each school is different,” says Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund. “We're grateful to the Miami-Dade County Department of Food and Nutrition because they're making sure families receive fresh organic greens and fruit in their distribution."
Aspiring chefs in Miami-Dade County senior high schools and middle schools will go head-to-head in The Education Fund Taste of Education presented by Sapoznik Insurance, a culinary competition judged by South Florida’s top chefs and 500+ influencers on Tuesday, March 10, at Jungle Island.
An Ideas with Impact grant awarded to Kelsey Major sparked a classroom project on mass shootings. His students created the First Shot club and now an Ed Fund Student Power grant will help students take their message to congressional leaders.
The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need, is teaming up with local and national partners, Miami-Dade County high school students, and professional football players to host Super Goal: Miami 2020 on Thursday, Jan. 30 at Miami Beach Senior High School. Backpacks will then be delivered on Friday, Jan. 31 across Miami-Dade County to elementary schools that are a part of The Education Fund’s Food Forest for Schools program.
The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation is making $600,000 in grants to benefit nonprofit groups that promote equitable education, address growing concerns of economic inequality and more. The Education Fund was one of 10 local and national organizations awarded a grant from the Perez Family Foundation.
"Amscot’s annual campaign gives our organization a boost every year, allowing us to funnel more money to programs for students and teachers in public schools in Miami-Dade County,” said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund (EducationFund.org). “We’re grateful to be part of this initiative that supports schools in Florida.”
We focus on what The Education Fund is doing to dispel the myths of FAFSA and encourage young people who need financial aid to apply for it.
“Amscot’s annual campaign gives our organization a boost every year, allowing us to funnel more money to programs for students and teachers in public schools in Miami-Dade County,” said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund (EducationFund.org). “We’re grateful to be part of this initiative that supports schools in Florida.”
Committed to strengthening the pipeline of educators in South Florida, The Education Fund announced the launch of its 2019 Teach-A-Thon presented by Wells Fargo.
Ocean Bank, a steadfast champion of education and leading contributor to The Education Fund, has pledged $300,000 that will spearhead the continuing work of the Ocean Bank Center For Educational Materials through 2022.
Ocean Bank, firme defensor de la educación y destacado contribuyente de The Education Fund, se ha comprometido a aportar $300,000 que impulsarán la labor constante del Ocean Bank Center For Educational Materials hasta 2022.
After 25 years and more than a million miles on Florida’s highways, the Support Education specialty license plate has a fresh look. While the design is new, the cause remains the same – when a Florida resident purchases or renews their Support Education specialty tag, $20 goes directly back to support schools, teachers and students in the county where the tag is registered. In Miami Dade County, the funds support the work of The Education Fund, a nonprofit headquartered in Miami Lakes that serves students and teachers in Miami Dade County public schools.
A fresh redesign of the ‘Support Education’ specialty license plate was released Tuesday statewide. The proceeds from sales in Miami-Dade County support the work of The Education Fund, a nonprofit that funds programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
While the design is new, the cause remains the same — when a Florida resident purchases or renews their Support Education specialty tag, $20 goes directly back to support schools, teachers and students in the county where the tag is registered.
The Education Fund has partnered with Miami-Dade Public Schools for their annual Teach-A-Thon program to raise awareness of some of the issues teachers face.
The Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that develops innovative programs for public schools in Miami-Dade County, is challenging business leaders to test their savvy and skill and teach an hour in a local public school.
Wells Fargo is partnering with The Education Fund to host the annual Teach-A-Thon, which challenges local business leaders to each teach for an hour in a Miami-Dade County public school to raise awareness about the importance of educators and public-school funding.
Miami business leaders stepping up to take the public school teaching challenge Wells Fargo teams up with The Education Fund on the Teach-A-Thon
MIAMI – The Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that develops innovative programs for public schools in Miami-Dade County, is challenging business leaders to test their savvy and skill and teach an hour in a local public school.
The Education Fund’s Teach-A-Thon, presented by Wells Fargo is all about understanding the job of a teacher and what is happening in our public school classrooms. The only way to really know about the job is to do it BUT ONLY FOR AN HOUR.
Who is stepping up to the teaching challenge? Wells Fargo, Assurant, Saponznik Insurance, and South Florida Business Journal are all in and they’re helping The Education Fund recruit local business executives.
The Teach-A-Thon experience spans all grades K-12, and all professions. Each volunteer or Teacher Champion selects the grade level, subject, and geographic area where they want to teach. Each volunteer is matched with a public school teacher who helps them prepare a lesson and teach a class.
By participating, the Teacher Champions learn what it’s like to be a teacher. The Education Fund’s goals are for each Teach-A-Thon volunteer to share their experience in the classroom, spread the word about why the community needs to better support our teachers, and raise needed funds for public school classrooms.
Already, many top executives have committed, including: Hector Ponte, Wells Fargo; Rachel Sapoznik, Sapoznik Insurance; Melanie Dickinson, SFBJ; Nick Tootle, Kaufman Rossin; Beth Bailey, Verizon; Ana Veiga Milton, Jose Milton Foundation; Zack Bush, Ball and Chain; Carlos Orta, Carnival Corporation; Penny Schaffer, Florida Blue; Jose Mallea, Biscayne Bay Brewing Company; Phillis Oeters, Baptist Health; Ernest Modock, Ford Motor Company; Alan Alvarez, Miami Marlins; and 50 others.
The goal is 200 participants signed up by the end of August, with a kickoff at the beginning of October at the Biltmore Hotel, and teaching occurring any time between mid-October and mid-December.
“We’re asking everyone to consider participating. The experience will open your eyes to the experiences teachers have every day and, and you’ll feel energized – at least for the hour you spend in the classroom. And, everyone walks away with a story about what it is like to teach – which is the purpose,” says Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund.
The deadline for business people to sign-up is Friday, August 31 at www.educationfund.org or by emailing Kirsten Lyon at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and your preferences: 1) school level (elementary, middle or high school), subject(s), and geographic area in Miami-Dade. For more information, call Kirsten Lyon at 305-558-4544 ext. 108.
About The Education Fund: The Education Fund’s current initiatives, including Food Forests for Schools, Ideas with IMPACT, Teach-A-Thon, Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials, SmartPath, For The Love of Art Annual Charity Auction and Taste of Education, bring innovative methods to our schools, inform the community about public education, and encourage private sector investment in public education. A winner of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s NOVO Award for non-profit excellence, The Education Fund’s investments to improve public education have totaled more than $52 million. The Education Fund’s goal is to ensure all students succeed. Visit www.educationfund.org.
With funding for public education always in question every legislative session, it’s evident that local, state, and federal governments can’t be the sole funding sources.
The task of educating our youth falls on all of us. Individual and corporate giving has become essential to ensuring the best education possible. Our local schools need not just dollars. (3/27/2016)