The Education Foundation of Lake County is one of seven local education foundations in the state to receive grant funds from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) this school year to support school district efforts to identify and scale effective teaching practices. 

“Teaching quality and effective teaching practices are consistently identified as the most important school-based factors in increasing student achievement,” said Mary Chance, president of the CFEF.  “Local education foundations already support and recognize teachers in so many ways.  Our goal with this grant is to encourage them to work in partnership with their school districts to focus on discovering and developing the teaching practices that can have the greatest impact on student learning.”

This funding will allow us to provide the elementary school teachers with two training sessions provided by Curriculum and Instruction that will involve setting the instructional standards for the district wide authentic literacy program. “The authentic literacy program is designed to strengthen student’s critical thinking skills and improve the depth and quality of teacher practice” states Megan Randolph, K-5 Manager, Curriculum and Instruction.

Each Increasing Instructional Impact grant recipient will receive $5,000 in support for their local initiative, funded by CFEF partners Wells Fargo and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF):

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private sector investment and involvement in public education.  The CFEF now has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members.  Collectively, they raise more than $64 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $50 million to local education foundations since 2001 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.