Dear ALearn Friends and Supporters,
ALearn has moved quickly into 2016, with very active discussions with
12 districts about our upcoming
9th summer of programs in math, growth mindset, and college readiness. ALearn's
programs for 6th through 10th grades focus on enhancing
math proficiency and increasing
motivation for our students to go to college through
blended learning, field trips, and
personal support from college mentors.
Program side, we are adding new strength to the team. We are very pleased to welcome
Linda Prieto, PhD, as our new Vice President Programs. Linda is a proven leader in Latino education who brings broad experience both with the academic rigor of culturally diverse education and a deep understanding of the Latino community from whence she springs. We are also pleased to welcome
Kelsey Austin-King as our Middle School Programs Manager. She brings a great passion for serving our students. See their bios at right.
We have just finished our second year of our
Girls Exploring Math (GEM) program with success in two districts, Alum Rock and Mountain View Whisman.
As we grow ALearn, we are also adding power to our
Board, and welcome
four new members:
- Tom Crotty, Managing Director, Ascent Private Capital Management
- Juan Cruz, Superintendent of Franklin McKinley School District
- Jared Darby, Educator, Mountain View Whisman School District and ALearn Teacher of Year
- Bill Elder, Retired Attorney, Hillman, Childers, Foreman & McCormack
ALearn is also making significant progress on the
front. Donors, here's a great way to
triple your donation
and impact in 2016: the
Sobrato Family Foundation
has given ALearn a Challenge Grant to match up to $45,000 of new or increased gifts we raise in 2016.
The Super Bowl rocked with
, but ALearn has gone one better: see the
Mathtown Funk video
created and delivered by our students this fall.
As we expand into 2016, ALearn is creating a
learning organization which can spread its success with getting underserved students on the college path in ever-increasing numbers.
Girls Exploring Math
Math has never been this cool
brings together lessons in pre-algebra,
leadership, empowerment, and college-readiness. The hands-on math
and science activities are designed to specifically engage girls, including a "Saving for Your Quinceañera," and "Tracking Stocks."
GEM also includes online-math lessons
from Khan Academy.
A highlight of the program is the Speaker Series. Women in STEM professions -- many of whom are the first in their families to go to college -- share their
expertise and advice. Recently, a Tech Advisor from
(at left) visited to share her unexpected path to engineering and show off some cool functionality of the wearable camera. A Google Roboticist (at right, with a student) a
lso visited, and
helped students virtually control a remote robot.
Further hands-on learning included a Field Trip to the Tech Museum to participate in an after-school lab on designing buildings for earthquakes.
A special perk:
|GEM students and their teacher pose with their Sharks posters. Cool. huh?
The Sharks Foundation (whose recent grant you can read about at this link) offered unlimited free tickets to our students and their families to attend a San Jose Barracudas
game on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
From Struggling High School Student to
Teaching Assistant Spotlight
When Russell Green was at Cupertino High, he never dreamed he could get into college. "I struggled mightily in grade school and high school, so I thought college just wasn't for me." Russell overcame
his fears, jumped into classes at DeAnza College, and then transferred to UCLA. He graduated with a degree in Political Science.
Russell shared: "College was truly eye opening. It provided an explosion of awareness that has inspired me to become more." The first in his family to complete college, Russell is a role model for his family as well as for his ALearn students.
Russell's dream is to found a nonprofit that "helps level the playing field by reducing poverty and inequality."
Welcome, Linda Prieto and Kelsey Austin-King!
New Programs Staff Members
Linda is our new Vice President of Programs. Prior to ALearn, Linda was an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Stu
dies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to teaching, she provided educational consulting services in the areas of cultural and linguistic diversity. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor of Education at both Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Midwestern State University. Linda has also held numerous positions promoting bilingualism and biculturalism in both academia and the nonprofit sectors. She holds
a B.A. in Sociology from Stanford, a Master of Education from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kelsey is our new Program Manager for Middle School Programs. Previously she worked at the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University, supporting digital and online learning. Before that, she
ved as an English Teaching
Assistant on a Fulbright grant to Bogotá, Colombia. A graduate of Bay Area public schools, K
lsey cares deeply about increasing educational opportunities for
underserved students in California. She holds a B.A. in English and Educational Studies from Macalester Colle
Sobrato Family Foundation awards ALearn
2:1 Challenge Grant
Help us reach our match!
We are thrilled to announce that the Sobrato Family Foundation
has awarded ALearn a 2-year Challenge Grant. For every dollar donated in 2016 (from a new source or an increased gift) ALearn will receive $2 from SFF.
p us meet this challenge!
Recognize These Super ALearn Students?
If you visited Super Bowl City
in San Francisco, you might have laid eyes on these two superstar ALearn alums, Anyssa (left) and Christina (right).
Photos of ALearn students were featured because our co-founder, Julie Cates, won a Super Bowl 50 "Playmaker" Grant last spring, one of 50 given by SB50's philanthropic arm, the 50 Fund. The $10,000 grant funded training for 50 teachers last summer. Thank you, 50 Fund!