Grants to help with teacher training in Peninsula districts 

More than $1.9 million in grant money was awarded to 26 school districts and organizations last week to help educators close the achievement gap in math.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation awarded the grants to districts that focus on teacher and student learning in mathematics, according to foundation Program Director Gina Dalma.

The Bayshore Elementary School District, which includes students in Daly City, was among the recipients of the grants.

The 429-student district will receive a portion of $100,000 also awarded to the San Carlos, Belmont and Brisbane districts, Superintendent Norman Fobert said.

Fobert said Bayshore will use its $35,000 to continue teacher training in math.

Brisbane will receive $35,000, San Carlos will get a share of $33,000 and Belmont will receive $16,000, he said.

The district uses a mathematics assessment collaborative that helps teachers figure out where students are in understanding lessons.

Fobert said without the grant, the district could not afford to continue to fund the teacher training. He said the district does go after any grant that will help save programs and provide training. Fobert said the district has a number of English-language learners, therefore it’s important to give teachers training in subjects such as math to ensure they are able to deliver information in a way students can understand.

Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City and the San Mateo Union High School District also received funding for student enrichment and teacher training.


Counting cash

Amounts that various San Mateo County school districts are receiving in grant money from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation:

Bayshore: $35,000

Brisbane: $35,000

San Carlos: $33,000

Belmont: $16,000

Jefferson Elementary: $90,525

Source: Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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