Grantee Highlights

Grantees in the News

In an effort to illustrate the hard work done by its grantees, the Silver Giving Foundation is proud to showcase a variety of media outlets in which its grantees have been highlighted.

October 2019

Here are some of the media outlets that have featured our grantees in October 2019.
Slow growth, big disparities after 5 years of Smarter Balanced tests
Ed Source, October 9, 2019
Public Policy Institute of California, Pivot Learning, Education-Trust West, and Partnership for Los Angeles Schools are all quoted in this article which discusses the slow growth with California’s Smarter Balanced test scores. The test scores showed little progress in closing the gap between ethnic, racial and other groups. One exception is that of Hispanic students, whose 5-year proficiency rate in both English and math rose faster than those of white and Asian students.

Homeless Prenatal Program founder cites ‘power of resilience’ at nonprofit’s anniversary
San Francisco Chronicle, October 15, 2019
Homeless Prenatal Program’s recent celebration for their 30th anniversary is mentioned in this article, which discusses their success and their founder Martha Ryan.

New Teacher Center Report Shows Investing in Learning and Support for K-12 Teachers Results in Millions in Cost-Savings for Districts, Improved Outcomes for Students
Business Wire, October 17, 2019
New Teacher Center’s new report is featured in this article. The report, which was released in October, finds that investing in evidence-based professional learning and coaching for teachers pays off fast – not just in improved lifelong student outcomes, but also cost-savings for districts.

September 2019

Here are some of the media outlets that have featured our grantees in September 2019.
D.C. schools try to meet students where they live
Washington Post, September 15, 2019
Washington D.C’s success with the home visit program is featured in this article. Eight years after the program launched, D.C. educators have made more relationship-building home visits than any school system in the country. Parent Teacher Home Visits, along with the Flamboyan Foundation, have helped with this success.
How much would it cost to adequately fund schools in California?
Ed Source, September 24, 2019
This article discusses the need for California school districts to drastically increase their education spending, so students have adequate resources. This conclusion came from the study conducted by American Institutes for Research for Getting Down to Facts, published in 2018 by Stanford University and Policy Analysis for CA Education (PACE).
New HUD rule would eliminate housing stability for thousands of students
The Hill, September 30, 2019
The department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a new federal housing rule that could result in the loss of stable housing for thousands in Los Angeles alone. This article is an opinion piece written by the CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools about the need for stable housing for both children and their families.

August 2019

Here are some of the media outlets that have featured our grantees in August 2019.
Pre-K Teachers Are Making House Calls. It’s Helping Kids Succeed.
New York Times, August 22, 2019
Parent Teacher Home Visits is featured in this article that discusses the successful impact home visiting has on young children.
They worry about anger, fear, guilt. Some feel ill-equipped. Educators confront teaching about slavery.
Washington Post, August 28, 2019
This article discusses the unique challenges that social studies and history teachers face when it comes to educating students about America’s history with slavery. Many teachers are worried their students will not be able to face the raw details. Facing History and Ourselves curriculum is featured because of the guidance it provides to schools and teachers to help them in creating programs that examine societal racism and prejudice.
California State University officials considering changing admissions requirements
KTVU, August 28, 2019
Education-Trust West’s executive director Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga is quoted in this report that discusses California State University consideration of an additional requirement of math, sciences or computer classes by 2026. “This is a serious equity issue. And if we don’t get this right we’ll be blocking thousands of students, especially low income students and students of color from being able to access the CSU,” Arrillaga says.

July 2019

Here are some of the media outlets that have featured our grantees in July 2019.
10 California districts struggle, and find some success, as they shift to Common Core math
Ed Source, July 11, 2019
California Education Partners is featured in this article that discusses their work on the Math in Common Initiative, which worked to raise achievement in Common Core Math in 10 California districts.
Microcredentials Could Be a Game Changer for Educators. But Hard Questions Remain
EdSurge, July 12, 2019
Center for Teaching Quality’s report is featured in this article which argues that we have reached a “tipping point” in micro-credentials and now is the time to focus on some critical questions. Micro-credentials have become more popular and are a way for teachers and administrators to advance their teaching and leadership skills.
These Parents Fought for a Better Education-And Won
NationalSwell, July 26, 2019
Springboard Collaborative invites families into the classroom for workshops on how to boost their kids’ reading skills. When parents in Stamford, CT found out that some of their immigrant student population were behind in reading at the national level, they decided to bring the literacy initiative to their school district.

June 2019

Here are some of the media outlets that have featured our grantees in June 2019.
NYC teacher leadership program touted as international model
Education Drive, June 10, 2019
The Center for Teaching Quality is featured in this article discussing their report that they completed alongside Digital Promise, which focuses on the role of micro-credentials in encouraging and recognizing teachers for taking leadership roles.
Affording college a top worry among California voters
Ed Source, June 17, 2019
The Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) released a report which shows certain counties typically northernmost areas and in several eastern counties have higher concerns about college affordability.
California finally to move ahead with ‘cradle to career’ data system
Ed Source, June 25, 2019
The California legislature lays out steps and a timetable for linking preschool to workforce education data which is praised by both Pivot Learning Partners and the Public Policy Institute of California.

May 2019

Here are some of the media outlets that have featured our grantees in May 2019.
New Excelsior Family Connections center opens on Mission Street in San Francisco
KTVU, May 12, 2019
Family Connections has recently opened a new center in the Excelsior which was supported by the Mayor’s office.
Mississippi’s New Solution for the Teacher Shortage
EdWeek, May 15, 2019
National Teacher Residencies is featured in this article around Mississippi’s launch of the nation’s first state-run teacher residency program to tackle two problems: a growing number of unfilled teaching positions in the state, and a lack of diverse teachers in the profession.
Newsom boosts pension-cost relief for schools
Capitol Weekly, May 16, 2018
Pivot Learning’s report “The Big Squeeze” is mentioned in this article in relation to the rising pension costs on school programs and teacher pay.
SF to launch new shelter site to help pregnant homeless mothers
San Francisco Examiner, May 23, 2019
San Francisco plans to launch a new site in the Bayview to provide temporary housing for homeless pregnant mothers in an effort to address a large unmet need and reduce preterm births. The Homeless Prenatal Program will provide services as this new site.
UNCF joins more than 70 other education organizations calling for more classroom diversity
North Dallas Gazette, May 28, 2019
Branch Alliance for Education Diversity, alongside 75 other education organizations, recently signed a letter written by The Association of American Educators Foundation and the Association of American Educators to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and leaders in Congress calling for their help in addressing the lack of teacher diversity in our nation’s classrooms.

April 2019

Here are some of the media outlets that have featured our grantees in April 2019.
Statewide survey: most Californians support teacher strikes for higher pay
EdSource, April 27, 2019
In this article from EdSource, Public Policy Institute’s survey is discussed as it reveals split over charter schools, public support for education.
SDSU Selected for National Initiative to Transform Teacher Preparation
San Diego State University Newsletter, April 17, 2019
Funding from US PREP will support an innovative partnership with the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District.
3 steps for improving lessons on the Holocaust
Education Dive, April 24, 2019
Just 10 states mandate Holocaust education in public schools, and as more look to follow suit, experts say it’s crucial to ensure this and other genocides are accurately portrayed and not trivialized. Facing History and Ourselves’ program director, Laura Taveres, is featured in this article giving insight into the importance of bringing in stories and taking into consideration the traumas children live with.
8 Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom
KERA News, April 25, 2019
Ten Strands is featured in the article that discusses the importance and popularity of teaching climate change in the classroom.
Open Forum: Gov. Newsom, our kids depend on after-school programs
San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 2019
In an article written by Myrna Melgar, executive director of Jamestown Community Center, discusses the importance but underfunding of afterschool programs.
San Francisco Access Points help thousands avoid homelessness
ABC 7, April 23, 2019
Compass Family Services is mentioned in this article that discusses access points through Catholic Charities and the positive impact they have on individuals nearing homelessness.

March 2019

Here are some of the media outlets that have featured our grantees in March 2019.
College admissions scandal highlights the disadvantages students face
Today Show, March 17, 2019
Executive Director of Posse Foundation, Deborah Bial, is featured in this clip speaking about the recent college admission scandal.
What Students Can Do if Parents Can’t—or Won’t—Fill Out College-Aid Forms
Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2019
Making Waves Foundation’s director of financial services Ivette Chavez is mentioned in this article speaking to students about the impact of taking out loans and the importance of factoring price into the college decision process.
Bringing education closer to home helps vulnerable kids
EdSource, March 12, 2019
Jennifer Peck, CEO and president of Partnership for Children and Youth, wrote this piece for EdSource on the importance of bringing education closer to families and children that need it most.
Marin districts tackle college preparation inequities
Marin Independent Journal, March 17, 2019
Education Trust West is featured in this article in regards to a new study and report they are conducting that will assist Marin districts in developing an action plan to ensure all students are college and career ready.

February 2019

Here are some of the media outlets that have featured our grantees in February 2019.
California schools help unaccompanied immigrant students combat trauma, language  barriers
Ed Source, January 30th 2019
Oakland International High School is featured in this article written by Ed Source, also a Foundation grantee. Oakland International is part of a national network of schools that serve immigrant children from all over the world.
The internet is sowing mass confusion. We must rethink how we teach kids every subject
USA Today, February 12, 2019
Stanford History Education Group’s director Sam Wineburg writes an opinion piece about the importance of education for children on navigating news online.
Now You Can Stream ‘Eyes on the Prize’ in Full for Free
Color Lines, February 11, 2019
Facing History and Ourselves just made the docuseries about the Civil Rights Movement—and lesson plans—available online.
Local university works with national organization to mentor future teachers
WSLS, February 11, 2019
The New Teacher Center, has launched a new program with the University of Lynchburg where teachers are learning to become instructional mentors to future education candidates and new teachers in the area.
Gardner Public School District arranging home visits to help inspire students
The Gardner News, February 15, 2019
Gardner Public Schools is starting a new initiative to have teachers visit the homes of parents as a way to build relationships and foster student success. The school district is working with Parent Teacher Home Visits to implement the program.

January 2019

Here are some media outlets that have featured our grantees in January 2019.
Student Voice: ‘I grew up being called a terrorist’
Hechinger Report, January 10, 2019
Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO), is featured in this article discussing the positive benefits of the program by a former student. FHAO is an educational nonprofit that provides teachers with tools to engage their students in examining bigotry.
Let’s teach 1 million teenagers how to spot fake news by 2020
The Hill, January 9, 2019
Stanford History Education Group is creating a curriculum that MediaWise, which is funded by, will be teaching to a new generation of kids to become skilled evaluators of digital content.
Gov. Newsom proposing to expand services for babies and toddlers
EdSource, January 9, 2019
Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, is featured in this article supporting the news that Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to announce plans to spend $100 million to expand a home-visiting program and another $100 million for development screenings.
Windfall for California K-12 schools, more spending from early to higher ed in Newsom’s first budget
Ed Source, January 10, 2019
Carrie Hahnel, interim co-executive director of the nonprofit Education-Trust West, praised Newsom’s budget as “an equity-driven declaration of California’s values” for its attention to early education.
Districts test high school home visits in bid to boost outcomes
Education Dive, January 3, 2019
Parent Teacher Home Visits Project (PTHVP) is featured an expert in the field of home visiting and expanding their initiative across 11 states.
New Report Shows Surge in Homeless Families on the Central Coast
KSBW, January 12, 2019
A recent study conducted by Pivot Learning shows the crisis of homelessness in Monterey County. Surprising findings show that economic pressures such as skyrocketing rents, low-wage jobs and the overall high cost of living are prompting a spike in student homelessness. Concurrently, the region experienced a pronounced increase in the number of children in foster care.