Local Education Foundation Receives AT&T Grant

For immediate release 09/20/2019

For more information contact:
Cynthia Falardeau 772-564-1218 or director@edfoundationirc.org
Mary Chance 352-338-0250 or marychance@cfef.net

‘Increasing Instructional Impact’ Grant to Benefit Indian River County Teachers

The Education Foundation of Indian River County is one of seven local education foundations in the state to receive grant funds from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) this school year to support school district efforts to identify and scale effective teaching practices.

“Teaching quality and effective teaching practices are consistently identified as the most important school-based factors in increasing student achievement,” said Mary Chance, president of the CFEF. “Local education foundations already support and recognize teachers in so many ways. Our goal with this grant is to encourage them to work in partnership with their school districts to focus on discovering and developing the teaching practices that can have the greatest impact on student learning.”

“Science on the Go” is an opportunity to bring “out of this world experiences” to 13 elementary campuses. A portable planetarium will allow children touch the stars! The traveling planetarium is an inflatable “Go-Dome” that will visit school sites to create the opportunity for teachers to gain valuable experience with science content. Students and teachers will learn through an educational and entertaining experience that serves to invigorate an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This is accomplished by displaying full dome content, including the wonders of the night sky, nebulae, galaxies, the solar system, and beyond.

“Science on the Go” will give students an engaging educational experience, that will ignite excitement for learning, resulting in a journey of discovery and academic achievement. Education Foundation IRC is thrilled to have helped bring it to fruition.” said Pat Blackburn, Board President of the Indian River Education Foundation.

Each Increasing Instructional Impact grant recipient will receive $5,000 in support for their local initiative, funded by CFEF partners Wells Fargo and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF):
The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private
sector investment and involvement in public education. The CFEF now has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise
more than $64 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $50 million to local education foundations since 2001 through various
private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.