Educational Institutions

Gloucester Education Foundation

  • Gloucester, MA
  • www.thinkthebest.org

Mission Statement

The Gloucester Education Foundation drives innovation, encourages creativity, expands student opportunities and empowers educators to strengthen teaching and learning in the Gloucester Public School District.

Main Programs

  1. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  2. Arts in the Schools
  3. Literacy and Language
  4. Other Educational Initiatives
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

The Gloucester Education Foundation supports the seven schools within the Gloucester Public School District in the City of Gloucester exclusively.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Ms. Christina M. Raimo

Keywords

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GEF, Gloucester Ed Foundation, think the best, Gloucester Education Fund, five in five

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EIN

57-1224669

 Number

7222628471

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Pun)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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1.) The Gloucester Education Foundation and the Gloucester Public School District co-sponsored their third community-wide education forum on "Access and Empowerment: "Evolving Libraries in the Digital Age", bringing together more than 100 community members to explore the concept of the school library as a "Learning Commons," a technology-rich space where students can gather to use technology to collaborate on learning projects and communicate their work to others. 2.) GEF sponsored 40 students to attend its 2013 Summer Engineering Adventure, a one-week program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that allows students to explore various fields of engineering and science 3.) GEF helped spearhead an effort to secure Gloucester's second 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant to establish O'Maley Academy, a robust out-of-school time program for at the O'maley Innovation Middle School; previously, GEF helped to secure a similar program at Gloucester High School. 4.) GEF support brought 3-D printing technology into the Gloucester Public Schools over the past year. A major grant to Gloucester High School secure an industry-standard ProJet 3-D printer and SolidWorks software, both used widely in university and industrial settings. At O'Maley Innovation Middle School, GEF funding secured 24 kits for 3-D printers for an innovative eighth-grade lab; a community-wide "Make a Thon" at the School brought more than 50 local residents to O'Maley to assemble the printers over a weekend.Our goals for the upcoming year include the following"1.) To help implement a major technology project at Gloucester High School including a new course in computer programming, TV production and a "Learning Commons" library space.2.) To develop resources for the Learning Commons model at O'Maley3.) To provide resources to the District to strengthen its music education program4.) To provide resources too help elementary science education meet the new science standards.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

The Sea Initiative, described earlier in the section relating to GEF's background, enabled the GPSD to improve its science and math curricula and implemented a number of innovations, including teaching high school physics via robotics, the STEM Center at the O'Maley Innovation Middle School,and an extensive collaboration with MIT. More recently, GEF introduced 3-D printing technology into the curricula at Gloucester High School and O'Maley, and previous funded an exciting engineering project that enabled a team of Gloucester High School students to construct and program small robotic sailboats and compete in the international SailBot competition held in Gloucester during the summer of 2013. GEF recently funded a similar project, a Quadcopter, at the High School, and funded the addition of a wet lab at the middle school. GEFhas also provided curriculum and state-of-the art technology resources to the high school program for Advanced Placement and Honors Chemistry.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$91,000.00

Program 2

Arts in the Schools

In the face of ongoing economic challenges, programs in the arts are often the first to suffer. In Gloucester's public elementary schools, for example, art instruction has been reduced to 40 minutes per week and several schools must share art teachers. Support from GEF providesenrichment in the arts, including after-school music in the elementary and middle schools; ballroom dance for all fifth-graders, culminating in the popular Mad Hot Ball every spring; support for professional drama coaches for school productions; funding of art supplies at all levels; digital cameras for the high school photography program; collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum on the Arts History of Cape Ann, curriculum; an annual District-wide Arts Festival, celebrating and showcasing the work that GPSD students create throughout the year, and a visiting artist program, Artistic Bridges. Recently GEF is funding a pilot, JamHub silent Music studio, helping students at the Beeman Elementary School learn about music composition.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$35,000.00

Program 3

Literacy and Language

GEF's literacy programs are focused at the elementary and middle school levels. In the past, GEF funded summer literacy programs that combine reading with content-related arts activities. These are focused on maintaining student learning and reading proficiency during the critical summer months. GEF is also partnering this year with local family foundations to help support the expansion of the Bay State Reading Initiative (BSRI), an intensive coaching program in literacy for teachers and principals that stresses the use of data to improve students' reading skills. At the middle school, GEF supported a pilot program that brought a part-time curriculum coordinator to work with teachers across grade levels to improve student writing. Currently, GEF is supporting Word Generation at O'Maley, an all-school program aimed at increasing students' facility with academic vocabulary.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 4

Other Educational Initiatives

In addition to our major program areas, GEF each year funds other programs that help preserve ongoing District initiatives or bring resources that is beyond the District's scope to provide. Recent examples include the addition of Soundfields amplification systems in every kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade classroom; specially adapted bicycles for students in special education, helping them increase balance and strengthening their self-confidence and independence and support for ongoing programs--from glassware for high school chemistry to repairs for science equipment in the elementary school classrooms. And, while funded by the federal government, 21st Century Community Learning Center dollars have been introduced to Gloucester for the first time through the collaborative efforts of GEF and the District. Two grants in 2013 and 2014 brought in an additional $145,000 and $160,000 annually, to the District for out-of-school time programs at the high school and middle school.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

The Gloucester Education Foundation supports the seven schools within the Gloucester Public School District in the City of Gloucester exclusively.

Funding Needs

1.) Development of Board succession plan and self-evaluation process - $7,500. 2.) Generate revenues to assist District with high school technology process, based on results of planned study- $500,000 - $1,000,000. 3.) Conduct feasibility study for funding campaign to mark GEF's 10th anniversary and build endowment - $25,000. 4.) Implement comprehensive marketing plan, including re-invigorated website, social media plan, and targeted marketing to parents, newcomers to Gloucester and businesses. $10,000-15,000 5.) Develop programs to involve more parents in GEF.

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GLOUCESTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC.
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Gloucester Education Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Christina M. Raimo

BIO

Christina M. Raimo is a nonprofit management professional with more than 35 years' experience in educational, health and human service organizations. Prior to joining GEF in 2012, she was Executive Director of the New England office of Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic), a national nonprofit that provides services to children with reading disabilities. Prior to that, she was Director of Development for Project Bread-the Walk for Hunger and Assistant Director of Development with the Schepens Eye Research Institute, a Harvard-affiliated opthalmic research organization, Earlier in her career, Ms. Raimo held a number of positions in communcations with Boston area nonprofit institutions, including Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Charles River Hospital in Wellesley and Laboure College in Boston.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" I joined the Gloucester Education Foundation in June of 2012 as GEF's first paid and full-time Executive Director. That this position was even available is remarkable. Gloucester is not a wealthy or large community, and like many surrounding local education foundations, GEF had been operating on volunteer manpower alone. But the leadership of GEF recognized the need to build upon their early success and, with the help of a generous donor, acted upon their firm commitment to bring GEF to the next level of growth. I am deeply honored that the Board chose me to wear this mantle. One of the first activities I undertook upon my arrival was to meet with our Board members, past and present, and many of our supporters and educators, to learn what people were thinking about GEF. One thing came through loud and clear: GEF is making an enormous difference in the educational experiences that the children in the Gloucester Public School District have, and we are a valued and important part of the fabric of this community. The sheer number of enriching programs and activities that GEF has funded is impressive, and the scope of some of the key initiatives is downright astonishing. Every elementary student today in Gloucester has the opportunity to study string instruments, go on exciting scientific fields trips, take part in fun summer programs while maintaining their literacy skills, and even learn ballroom dancing! In middle school, Gloucester children learn science and technology in a state-of-the-art STEM center (connected to a functioning wind turbine on top of their school) and take part in an array of enriching programs out of school—including an exciting summer science program at MIT and Maritime Gloucester. Gloucester High School students can avail themselves of instruction in ceramics or digital photography, learn high-level physics by working with robots, study chemistry in a ""flipped"" classroom using iPads, master the use of CAD software in vocational education programs, and enjoy an array of after-school clubs and activities that allow them to nurture life-long interests. All because of GEF. The tangible benefits Gloucester students receive, plus the sheer drive and determination of our dedicated Board, is a source of pride and extreme gratification to me personally. Helping children gain an education is one of the best and most important undertakings in life . "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Margaret D. Rosa

Retired

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2014

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