When students succeed, our entire community prospers. The Barancik Foundation is committed to serving the single most influential component of student achievement: teachers. Our partners provide special training and cutting-edge classroom technology to ensure teachers feel professionally competent and highly valued. Their influence shapes students who are better prepared for adulthood and to effectively parent the next generation.
Elementary Math Students Impacted
GRANTS & INITIATIVES
Cross Campus Alliance received $30,730 to continue its work to broaden student experiences and establish the region as a destination for academic excellence. Other area foundations and college partners made similar investments, providing the organization with funding through June 2020. This financial sustainability will allow Cross Campus Alliance to identify future program opportunities, leverage resources for additional grants and continue its collaborative work.
We know teachers are the most influential component of student achievement, but Florida and Sarasota County continue to experience a critical shortage of qualified teachers. Barancik Foundation partnered with Sarasota County Schools to overcome this shortage by investing $87,500 over five years to launch the Educators Rising Initiative. Educators Rising will recruit high school students to become teachers by offering Career and Technical Education and Dual Enrollment Courses. Students will gain additional career experience in the newly formed Florida Future Educators of America student club.
Ringling College of Art and Design: $25,000 to support the college’s Avant-Garde event, which raises scholarship funds for students.
Booker High School Foundation: $1,400 to purchase computer technology compatible with the engineering software SolidWorks.
Education Foundation of Sarasota County: $5,000 to support the organization’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its CreateSRQ event honoring the Teacher of the Year.
Sarasota County Schools: $480,000 to build professional capacity in math instruction across the school district. The grant provides 800 elementary school teachers with specialized training and resources for lesson-plan development, changing the face of professional development and deepening the teachers’ understanding of math concepts in order to help every child learn, and not fear, math.
Sarasota County Schools: $511,000 to employ literacy teachers trained through the Reading Recovery program at seven elementary schools, allowing the district to expand the program so that every school has a literacy expert. Reading Recovery teaches the bottom 20 percent of first grade students to read with an 85 percent success rate.
Suncoast Science Center: $5,000 for the RC Custom Car Open.
State College of Florida: $60,000 over two years to increase SCF’s academic advisor capacity. The advisor will support students in Gator Engineering at SCF and the new STEM Pathways program.
American Civil Liberties Union of Florida: $361,635 over three years for the Keep Kids Learning and Working program. Florida ACLU’s goal, which we share, is to reduce the number of children entering the juvenile justice system and keep them in school. The path to achieving this goal includes substituting civil citations for criminal charges, creating diversion programs, reforming penalties, decriminalizing delinquency, and banning the ‘conviction history’ box from job applications.
This program is somewhat parallel to Sarasota County’s Comprehensive Treatment Court (CTC) initiative. That program is restricted to Sarasota County and primarily covers mentally ill adults rather than minors. This ACLU of Florida initiative covers the whole State of Florida, which will benefit the Sarasota County metropolitan area. The end game is the same in that both initiatives try to prevent criminal charges appearing on individuals’ records, which would negatively impact their future attempts at gainful employment.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation: $25,000 in matching funds to support the Local College Access Network. The Local College Access Network improves student access and attainment of college degrees or higher-education certificates. The grant leveraged $37,500 in local matching from Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which together earned a $50,000 award from Florida Philanthropic Network.
Sarasota County Schools: Sarasota County has a shortage of qualified teachers, specifically in important subjects such as special education, higher level mathematics and foreign language. The Barancik Foundation Emerging Educators Initiative, in partnership with Sarasota County Schools and State College of Florida, will invest $125,000 in 2018 to recruit degreed adults interested in a second career in teaching. As a cohort, the Barancik Emerging Educators will earn a teaching certificate through SCF’s Educator Preparation Institute and be placed in teaching jobs in Sarasota County Schools.
Sarasota County Schools: $56,400 for two Title One Schools, Tuttle and Alta Vista Elementary, to serve a fresh produce snack every day this school year. This strong and effective program delivers food and nutrition education, while also ensuring children have the fuel they need to learn. Second only to parents, elementary teachers influence children to attempt and/or accept new food items.
Florida State University College of Medicine: $498,379 over five years to deliver Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity and Excellence (SSTRIDE), a science education outreach program targeting minority and low-income students, at McIntosh Middle School and Sarasota High School.
Museum of Science and Industry: $25,000 for the Science Minors Clubs, which partners with 108 community organizations in Chicago to deliver science education to 12,000+ students in after-school programs.