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Partnership Rises to Address Disruptive Learning

Walk into a classroom today and you will see that teachers do much more than teach. Often, a teacher is a social worker and first-responder. A seven-year old should never be literally ripping their hair out or throwing chairs in class due to stress at home. However, it’s happening right here in our community, and schools can’t keep up.

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Local Partnership Creates Legal Lifeline for Teenagers in Foster Care

Imagine you’re a teenager who has drifted between living out of cars and a dozen different foster care homes. You just want two things: a stable home and your independence. But after aging out of the system, you discover your own mom has stolen your social security number and ruined your credit. Just as you’re beginning your journey into adulthood, you are now struggling to qualify for housing, unable to take out college loans, and can’t even start a cellphone plan—all through no fault of your own.

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Barancik Foundation hires Murray Devine as Communications and Learning Officer

The Barancik Foundation announced the hiring of Murray Devine for the newly created position of Communications and Learning Officer. Previously with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Devine will direct the Barancik Foundation’s communications strategy, publicize the impact and institutional learnings of Foundation grants and initiatives, and consult with local nonprofits on effectively demonstrating stories of impact created through Foundation support.

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What Do You Wonder About This Giant Jar of Skittles?

That’s how a math lesson at a local elementary school started. Fun. Creative. Engaging. A partnership between Barancik Foundation and Sarasota County Schools has reinvented elementary math instruction so that every lesson includes these elements. The multi-year initiative, Maximizing Math Mentality, trained every single elementary teacher on ways to bring math to life through creative hands-on scenarios. The math teacher training was part of the district’s plan to help students think algebraically early on in their academic careers. What wasn’t part of their plan, was how the initiative would completely transform the way professional development is delivered.

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Barancik Foundation Hires Jessica Polk as Operations Manager

Amid exponential growth in its community impact and operational needs, the Barancik Foundation hired Jessica Polk for the newly created position of operations manager. In 2018, the Foundation increased its grantmaking by 50 percent and launched three new initiatives—First 1,000 Days Sarasota County, Teacher Recruitment|Retention and Mental Health Environmental Scan.

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