Letter from the President

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Letter from the President

December 21, 2016

Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Stuart Foundation,

As we conclude 2016, the Stuart Foundation thanks the many partners we are fortunate to work with.  We are grateful for our collective efforts to improve education for our neediest children throughout California and Washington State. Within our website, we spotlight the great work of some of our partners and provide our perspectives.

Educating and developing the whole child, our North Star, took on added meaning this year with the passage of the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA).  This Act gives states more opportunities to redefine the meaning of college, career and community ready students.  We are excited to be supporting our partners with their efforts in the field of the arts and creativity, building the capacity of the adults in our schools and classrooms to meet the varied needs of children, whether that be teaching the new standards, developing solid project learning approaches and experiences, deepening inquiry skills, or utilizing performance assessments to measure student’s mastery of their learning.

Our efforts to support the effective implementation of California’s new student funding model, the local control funding formula (LCFF), continues to advance with stories from school districts and communities taking full advantage of the laws’ flexibility and added resources.  Related to this work is our growing support for more student voice in how the public education system engages and supports their learning.

With teacher shortages approaching crises levels, we are joining efforts to rethink how teachers are recruited, trained, supported and compensated. Ensuring student’s well-being must start with understanding and addressing our teachers’ well-being, and this is directly related to the quality of those leading our schools and school districts.

Finally, preparing our students to thrive in today’s world as intelligent, thoughtful, and compassionate community leaders and participants demands we think differently about how we educate and develop children. We are proud to support our partners in their efforts to advance new approaches to educating children, including the integration of content areas such as literacy, arts, history and civics, and the use of systems thinking knowledge, skills and tools from Foundation partners Michael Fullan and Peter Senge.

Without question, 2016 renewed the focus on educating children’s head, heart, and hands, and the critical relationships supporting that education which involve students, teachers, parents, family, and community members. We look forward to advancing this focus and urgency in our work and that of our partners in the coming year.

On behalf of our Trustees and staff, we wish you, your families, teams and organizations a happy and joyous holiday season.

 

Sincerely,

Jonathan Raymond
President