San Juan Education Foundation

The San Juan Education Foundation supports innovative and inspired teaching to better prepare students within the SJUSD for success in science, technology, the arts, and reading. We provide funds for teacher-driven learning programs where public funding falls short.

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Address: P.O. Box 1247
Carmichael, CA 95609
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Pamela Lapinski
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-989-0852
The San Juan Education Foundation (SJEF) works collaboratively with the San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD) to empower teachers to help all students develop and apply 21st Century Skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and applications of technology. The Foundation provides grants directly to SJUSD teachers in grades K-12 as well as scholarships to disadvantaged students for critical educational opportunities. SJEF is working to increase awareness within the business and Sacramento area community of ways they can impact youth and build our local workforce.

SJEF offers teachers who want to try an innovative approach to learning with the resources to do so. The San Juan Education Foundation Project Based Learning Grant for teachers supports an instructional approach that offers students authentic learning activities that engage and motive them to answer a question or solve a problem. These activities generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom. A well-designed project exposes students to essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process and incorporates project management skills valued by today's global industries, like critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and collaboration. The classroom projects we fund give teachers the opportunity to offer a richer learning experience and would not be available without the Foundation's support. There is no more important investment in the future of our community and our nation than an excellent education for all students. SJEF is an independent non-profit and receives no school district funds. The Foundation raises money through individual and corporate donations, events, grants, and entrepreneurial activities.
Funding for teacher grants in science, technology, arts & literacy, STEM initiatives, volunteers. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding for teacher grants in science, technology, arts & literacy and STEM initiatives. 2. In-Kind Donations - The Foundation has a spring 5K run/walk and family festival and a fall gala and needs donations of food, auction and raffle items 3. Volunteers - The Foundation has a spring 5K run/walk and family festival and a fall gala with silent and live auction, entertainment, and program and volunteers are needed to help us run each event. 4. Board Members - The Foundation is actively seeking qualified Board members who share a passion for education of our youth. 5. Funding: Other - The Foundation offers scholarships to graduating seniors thanks to funding from individuals and corporations wishing to support students seeking higher education is specific fields of study.
As the Executive Director of the San Juan Education Foundation, I am constantly inspired by the dedication of our teachers who work hard to provide innovative learning opportunities to the more than 46,000 K-12 students of San Juan Unified schools. Public funding alone does not provide all the resources needed to challenge and fully engage our students so they can be truly competitive in the 21st century global economy. That is how the Foundation can bring value to our classrooms - by empowering our teachers with the resources they need.

-- Pamela Lapinski, Executive Director