Meyer Memorial Trust Has Awarded SKCE a 2-year Grant

Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded SKCE with a 2-year grant to advance equitable education. Our gratitude goes out to MMT for being such an incredibly strong supporting organization for our programs and civic activities!

MMT started their new Equitable Education Portfolio about 10 months ago, and they have offered 49 grants to organizations across Oregon totaling $7.2 million over 3 years.

MMT’s vision is that all students have an opportunity to access meaningful public education. The focus of the portfolio is on Oregon students, so they can realize their academic achievement goals with disparities at all levels of  education removed.

MMT’s three key goals are:

  • Building a unified movement to advance equitable education.

  • Creating systems- and policy-level impact.

  • Improving student achievement and college and career readiness.

57 nonprofits were invited to submit full grant proposals, and SKCE was one of the 49 invited applicants to be awarded a grant.

SKCE is Awarded the Community Partner of the Month by Salem Keizer School District

At the School Board meeting on September 12th, Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality was recognized for our partnership with the district. We were nominated by Four Corners Elementary staff, a school we have worked with for eight years. The award announcement for SKCE starts at video time 9:23 and ends at 12:12.

Pictured from left: Four Corners Elementary Principal Phil Decker, Instructional Assistant
Rosa Garcia, SKCE representatives: Lucia Sanchez Caballero, Yadira Juarez and Javier
Quiroz, with Board Chair Paul Kyllo. Photo courtesy of SKSD.

As the Salem Keizer School District said in its Spotlight on Success post, we were nominated by the Four Corners School staff. We’ve worked with Phil Decker, Rosa Garcia and many other Four Corners staff members for years, and enjoy their enthusiasm and support.

Excerpts from the award presentation

“The Coalition has worked district-wide to support our non-English speaking community. Last November, they sponsored an appreciation dinner and cultural night for the district’s bilingual teachers. Over 150 teachers and family members attended the event held at Stephens Middle School.”

“For two months this past summer, the Coalition co-partnered with the school district to put on the District’s first Summer Language and Culture Institute. Hosted at the Coalition’s offices, it consisted of 15 days of activities, events, field trips and guest speakers, to expose Salem-Keizer Schools staff to the local Hispanic culture in our community.”

The written text for the award presentation is in the Spotlight for Success post above (we are the second group awarded on that page).

Thank you to the Salem Keizer School District for the recognition!

Moms, Dads, Help Prepare Their Children for Kindergarten

Aprendiendo Avanzamos (Learning Together We Advance) delighted families twice a week for 13 weeks from April to June with the help of generous supporters. Moms, dads and kids had so much fun learning together through developmental activities that they asked for more classes!

    

SKCE early learning facilitators led children and parents through a variety of experiences twice a week – singing, art projects, learning games, sensory experiences through play, and literacy development. Parents attended parenting classes one day each week and parent-led preschool the other day. Families attended from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and received a hearty breakfast and snack. Babies and toddlers received developmentally focused childcare.

By the end of the course, 24 parents had been through a 10-week parenting program called Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) on Thursday mornings, while their children received learning-rich preschool. On Friday mornings, parents learned how to make low cost learning activities at home, and then practiced those activities with their child in this second day of preschool each week. Finally, parents attended three trainings of the “Ready! For Kindergarten” program. Each family received and learned to use a $200 “Ready! For Kindergarten” kit of developmental education materials and activities, generously provided by the Marion Polk Early Learning Hub.

 

The impact of Aprendiendo Avanzamos can affect generations.

             

Spanish speaking immigrants from rural areas in Mexico with farm working backgrounds are less likely to have had access to school in their childhood. They tell us of having no books in the home, going to school sporadically as rural teachers sent by the government came and went, and having immediate family needs that often took priority over building the future. The simple act of learning how to provide educational experiences to their children and getting them ready for kindergarten changes the way parents think about the future of their child and family. Parents embrace their role as first teacher, mentor and coach of their children. A domino effect occurs throughout the child’s school career as parents continue to stay involved, learn to advocate for their children, and envision high school graduation, college and/or career accomplishments and improving the family’s income. Thus old cycles of poverty and low literacy are set aside as the new cycle has begun, and is passed down in parenting the next generation.

 

Other supporters that made this session of Aprendiendo Avanzamos possible are:

the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, William S. Walton Charitable Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) Grants Program.

Our 2017 Raising the Bar for Oregon Luncheon was a success!

Thank you to our generous business sponsors and supporters who made the luncheon not only possible, but successful.

 

Our 2017 Luncheon theme was

Partnerships for Student Success: Parents, Schools and Community

Our business sponsors are:

Two videos and a slideshow of the luncheon.

The following 11-minute video was shown during our luncheon:

 

And our excellent speakers, Professor Ann Ishimaru and Emilio Solano, as well as our Executive Director, Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, are available in the 1 hour video.

 


Photos of our generous supporters at the luncheon can also be found on our

Facebook page.

Thank you Nonprofit Insurance Alliance group!

Father and Daughter

At the end of January, we entered the ANI/NIAC member photo contest. Voting was open for a week, many organizations participated. Although we didn’t win the online voting portion of the photo contest. They loved our photo and was chosen to be featured in their 2014 annual report! A check for $100 was made for us!

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SKCE and the Latino Partnership Project of Oregon Community Foundation

lppSKCE has been part of the Latino Partnership Project of Oregon Community Foundation since it started in 2002. OCF’s LPP helped SKCE become a stable and growing nonprofit with statewide impact through technical assistance grants, mentoring and encouragement to engage in the statewide civic process.

This year, LPP has begun an Oregon Latino Leadership Development Program, which kicked off its first convening at Oregon State University. The second convening was held in Salem at the Joan and Ray Kroc Salvation Army Center, with the theme of “Writing and Telling your Story,” an effort to help Latino led nonprofits share a common story about the Latino community in Oregon and incorporate data and research to strengthen the impact of that story. Peer to peer networking helps emerging Latino organizations to strengthen and build Latino leadership.

To learn more about the Latino Partnership Project, visit their site.

SKCE featured at United Way MWV Campaign Kick-off celebration

Many thanks to the United Way MWV and to Randy Frank and Arturo Vargas for featuring SKCE at their Campaign Kick-off Celebration. United Way supported SKCE’s new parent-led literacy program, Leyendo Avanzamos/Reading Together We Advance, in the funding cycle of 2010-2012 and 2013-2015, to develop partners and expand the program to more schools.

Four Corners Elementary, with Principal Phil Decker, piloted the program for the first year, and Cesar Chavez Elementary, with Principal Olga Cobb, and Scott Elementary, with Principal Dave Bertholf, joined in the pilot for the second and third years. Now in its fourth year, Leyendo Avanzamos has added Hallman Elementary, with Principal Jen Vanslander.

Everyone is excited about the potential of the program to make a major impact on the generation of children that will be expected to pass higher common core standards and will be the first graduating cohort in 2025, with the goal of Governor Kitzhauber, 40-40-20: that’s 40% graduating with a four year degree, 40% graduating with a two year degree or career skills equivalent, and 20% graduating from high school.

SKCE & Chemeketa Three-Year Initiative meets the Governor’s Challenge!

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SKCE & Chemeketa Community College Three-Year Initiative meets the Governor’s 40-40-20 by 2025 Challenge!

Yesterday, the Governor held a signing ceremony for two important pieces of education legislation, House Bill 3232 and House Bill 3233.

The public signing marked the official launch of four Strategic Initiatives designed to improve opportunities and outcomes for our students through a targeted investment in key leverage areas:

  • Early literacy
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Creating a college-going culture
  • Building a robust network of supports of our educators

Here’s a video from the Governor on these important efforts and what they will mean for Oregon.

 
Read the Governor’s remarks at the Education Investment Initiatives Bills signing ceremony.

Read our Executive Director’s Oregon Education Investment Board testimony responding to the Governor’s challenge and our initiative. We’re aligning our parent involvement programs and our parent conference with the new Oregon English Learners Strategic Plan designed by OEIB members and a group of talented educators.

SKCE and OAEE Legislative Day at the Capitol

On March 19, 2013, Oregon Alliance for Education Equity, a coalition between Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality and other education policy- oriented-organizations, had its first ever legislative day at the Oregon Capitol.

Parent leaders and students had the opportunity to meet legislators and go through a series of lobby training.

In all, the event was a success in getting their voice heard in the state capitol!