What does PEF support?

This year PEF is funding essential programs across all school sites.

PEF Grants

Elementary Schools

At our elementary schools, PEF funds make sure that those extra pairs of hands (general classroom aides or instructional assistants) are in the classroom regularly to support individual learning and small group instruction. PEF helps to fund staff, helping to keep class size low; and counseling, helping to preserve positive school climates.

  • Classroom aides
  • Teaching librarians
  • Lower class sizes
  • Educational technology
  • Social-emotional curriculum
  • Columbia University’s Readers Workshop for Piedmont teachers

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Middle School

At the middle school level, PEF funding has allowed middle schools to add a variety of electives to help kids find their “spark” and to lower class sizes in all electives courses.  Donations to PEF also support counseling and librarians.

  • Wellness Center
  • Electives
  • Educational technology
  • Counseling
  • Librarians

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High School

Funding from PEF has enabled the high schools to maintain an excellent, comprehensive program, including AP classes, computer science electives, and service learning programs.

  • Teaching librarians
  • Counseling and academic guidance
  • Wellness Center: Counselors, mentors, and advisors to support social and emotional learning for all students, as well as character education, leadership and peer education
  • Service Learning programs
  • Computer Science electives
  • AP European History
  • Educational technology

K-12 Grants

Recognizing that excellent teachers make a difference in the classroom, PEF places particular emphasis on supporting opportunities for professional growth, exploration and collaboration.

The Piedmont Education Foundation Center for Innovation and Professional Development

Thanks to a generous grant from PEF in 2014, PUSD established “The Piedmont Education Foundation Center for Innovation and Professional Development.” The PEF center creates much needed space for teacher workshops and trainings, a professional library, the instructional technology department and the curriculum and instruction department. It serves as a hub to support the professional development of all teachers so they can meet the 21st century educational needs of our students.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

PEF funding also makes possible the reinstatement of the position of Director of Curriculum and Instruction (cut in 2008 during the recession), a critical job necessary for successful implementation of the new Common Core State Standards.

Capital Needs

PEF has helped the District provide safe and up-to-date facilities and teaching spaces:

  • The PMS Learnscape concept was developed by a student and makes use of a previously little-used area for much needed outdoor lunch and socializing, while doubling as a “green” teaching space. Learnscape was funded in memory of beloved PEF board member Bill Drum.
  • PEF helped to fund upgrades to performance and audience amenities in the much-used Alan Harvey Theater at Piedmont High School.

Grants for Excellence in Teaching

This PEF block grant offers funding to individual teachers who choose to explore new pedagogy, ideas, and curriculum through outside workshops and additional learning opportunities.