The San José Learns Initiative (“SJ Learns”) aims to bolster academic achievement by funding promising and innovative out of school programs for San José students in transitional kindergarten through third grade.

SJ Learns is a response to low academic performance among students in low-income communities in San José, where approximately half of third-graders are not proficient in English language arts (ELA)/reading and mathematics. High-quality extended learning programs provide crucial academic support for students who are struggling in the classroom and are especially important for students from low-income families who cannot afford fee-based alternatives. Nearly 5,000 at-risk K – 3rd graders have no access to free, quality, and school-based after school programs.

SJ Learns 2020-2022 Award Winners

The San José Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce funding for three promising out of school learning programs for the 2020-2022 SJ Learns grant initiative. The grant period begins in the summer and continues through the academic year. Luther Burbank School District will expand the capacity and quality of its after school and summer program. Mount Pleasant Elementary School District will partner with Bay Area Tutoring Association to enhance the targeted academic intervention that students will receive in the after school and summer programs. Franklin McKinley School District will partner with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County CORAL program to recruit and retain quality teachers for the after school and summer programs.

Check back later for future funding opportunities.

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SJ Learns Grantees

2021-22

  • Luther Burbank School District – $193,500

2020-21

  • Alum Rock Union Elementary School District – $300,000
  • Campbell Union School District – $130,356
  • Franklin McKinley School District – $500,000
  • Luther Burbank School District – $193,500
  • Mount Pleasant Elementary School District – $277,800

2019-20

  • Alum Rock Union Elementary School District – $300,000
  • Campbell Union School District – $130,356
  • Franklin McKinley School District – $350,000
  • Rocketship Public Schools – $140,758

2018-19

  • Alum Rock Union Elementary School District – $376,000
  • Campbell Union School District – $131,617
  • Evergreen Elementary School District – $186,854
  • Moreland Elementary School District – $100,000
  • Mount Pleasant Elementary School District – $100,000
  • Rocketship Public Schools – $62,905

Advisory Committee

The SJ Learns initiative benefits greatly from an Advisory Committee composed of educational experts and stakeholders representing nonprofits, foundations, schools, and the City of San José. The Advisory Committee members are:

  • Amar Vedi~ Channels Strategy & Operations Manager, Google Inc.
  • Anne Raimondi~ Technology Executive & Stanford GSB Lecturer in Management
  • Anthony Rodriguez~ Senior Development Associate,City Year
  • Dr. Dawn Coppin ~ Executive Director, San José Public Library Foundation
  • Derrick Seaver~Chief of Staff — Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg
  • Dana Bunnett~ Director, Kids In Common
  • Mara Wold~ Program Coordinator II, Expanded Learning, Monterey County Office of Education
  • Dr. Mary Ann Dewan~ County Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Michelle Ornat~ Deputy Director of Public Services, San José Public Library
  • Tamara Alvarado~ Executive Director, Shortino Foundation
  • Vidya Kilambi~ Division Manager, San José Public Library

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