Educational Institutions

Byerschool Foundation

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.byerschool.org

Mission Statement

The Byerschool Foundation provides financial support and guidance to the Russell Byers Charter School, a school chartered by the School District of Philadelphia under the provisions of the Charter School Law, 24 P.S.

Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

City of Philadelphia

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2001

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Ms. Laurada Byers

Keywords

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Education; charter school; at-risk youth

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Also Known As

Byerschool Foundation

EIN

25-1867607

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Programs sponsored by the Byerschool Foundation include Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound (ELOB) which serves as the basis of the instructional program at the Russell Byers Charter School (RBCS). The innovative ELOB learning approach is derived from the lessons of Outward Bound, the adventure and service-based program founded by educator Kurt Hahn. The Russell Byers Charter School (RBCS) is the nation's ELOB urban demonstration model and the only ELOB public school site in the state of Pennsylvania. To ensure that students are reading on grade level by the end of second grade, the Byerschool Foundation employs the work of the Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI)in its early childhood literacy programming. The Byerschool Foundation sponsors an integrated Peace Program at RBCS which involves the entire school community in setting goals to establish a safe and peaceful school environment that allows every child to thrive and learn. Byerschool Foundation support has helped RBCS become one of only 10 sites in the state of Pennsylvania to offer full-day kindergarten for four-year-olds. Other academic programs supported by the Foundation include Spanish, music, art and physical education which are integrated into the curriculum and taught to all students, even 4-year-olds, by a staff of specialist teachers. The Foundation is currently helping RBCS implement a comprehensive technology program that will enhance science instruction for students in all grades.

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Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

City of Philadelphia

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BYERSCHOOL FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Byerschool Foundation

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Principal Officer

Ms. Laurada Byers

BIO

Laurada Byers founded the Russell Byers Charter School in 2001 with her children, Alison Byers and Russell Byers, Jr., as a tribute to her late husband, Russell Byers. Russell, a well-known Philadelphia Daily News columnist who was killed during a 1999 robbery attempt, was a persuasive advocate for improving the quality of education within the Philadelphia public school system. The school reflects Russell?s values of academic excellence, civic responsibility and community service as it serves 410students from 40 different neighborhoods, in grades 4-year-old Kindergarten through 6th. Laurada?s involvement in the Philadelphia community, both in the non-profit and business sectors, has been both active and varied. Since 1971, she has been a board member of International House Philadelphia, a cultural, educational and social program-center that encourages cross-cultural understanding while assisting 400 students from over 65 countries in their adjustment to American society and life in Philadelphia. As chairman of the board of International House in the early ?90s, Laurada was a pivotal influence in founding the Festival of World Cinema, which later became the Philadelphia Film Festival. Supporting women?s issues has also been a priority for Laurada. For the past 30 years she has served in numerous leadership positions at Women?s Way, whose women-centered funding, advocacy, and education help sustain more than 30 different social agencies in the region. She co-founded the 56% League, an organization that advances women?s political issues in the city. Laurada is also a member of the Women?s Financial Services Network Advisory Board for PNC Wealth Management, serving the Philadelphia region. Laurada?s other contributions and accomplishments in the local not-for-profit arena include: board member for the Alliance of Charter Schools, building on the success of charter schools locally and statewide; co-founder of the University Citigroup to promote University City in West Philadelphia; and past chair of the board and executive committee member of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PAID). Laurada has won a number of awards for her dedicated community service including: Philadelphia magazine?s ?Volunteer of the Year? award for 2004; the National Organization of Fundraising Executives? ?Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year? in 1992; the Kent School?s first-ever ?Reverend Frederick H. Sill, O.H.C. Society Award? for 2006; and the ?Take the Lead? award from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2006, given to women who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in their profession or field. In 1992 Laurada founded Warthog Productions, which creates products that use humor and compassion to educate and enrich peoples? lives. Her most recent publication, Book of Blessings ? 52 Graces From Around the World, is co-authored by Joe Torsella and features blessings from various religions and ethnicities worldwide. Prior to starting Warthog Productions, Laurada was vice president of Diversified Search, Inc., the largest Philadelphia-based executive search firm; director of marketing at the University City Science Center; and director of sales and marketing for Rittenhouse Towers (now the Rittenhouse Hotel). A licensed real estate broker from 1976-1986, Laurada earned her MBA from Temple University in 1990. Laurada lives in Center City, Philadelphia, and has two children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in New York.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jack Adler

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