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  • Growing Forward


  • The mission of the Hillsborough Education Foundation is to engage business and community partners in support of Hillsborough County Public Schools and the academic achievement of all its students. For 24 years, our Foundation has been a loyal partner and supporter of our public school district. During that time the Foundation has raised more than $85 million for Hillsborough students, teachers and schools. This includes millions of dollars in school and classroom grants, as well as 4,000 college scholarships for students with a value of almost $10 million.

    This past year Mike Poland graciously agreed to fill a second two-year term as the Foundations chairman. His work with Interim President Dr. Rebekah Heppner brought stability to the Foundation during a time of transition in anticipation of a new president. In January 2012, Dr. Phil Jones was selected as the new president of the Foundation. Phil brought experience in the private business sector, as well as leadership experience in a variety of board positions with successful nonprofit organizations.

    Message froM Leadership

    More than 196,000 students 15,000 teachers

    More than 9,600


    principals, assistant principals & support personnel

    254 schools K-12

  • Hillsborough Education Foundation

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    Of particular note this year was the continued growth of the Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools store, which gave away a record $1.8 million in supplies to almost 3,000 Title I teachers in 110 schools and administrative sites. The supplies were used by more than 52,000 students. Our programs which support schools also grew with classroom, school excellence and technology grants. This years Excellence in Education Awards ceremony honoring the Teacher of the Year, the Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year and the Instructional Support Employee of the Year was the largest ever in the ceremonys history.

    The scholarship efforts this year with Take Stock in Children and Cash Scholarships for Graduating Seniors involved almost 400 students with scholarships totaling more than $2 million. Of particular importance was the response of the Foundation to support the scholarship needs of the Urban Teaching Academy magnet program. Florida Prepaid/Take Stock in Children scholarships worth more than $2 million were redirected to these deserving students in grades 9-12. Additional scholarships were purchased in partnership with Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union.

    The Graduation Pathways program using AmeriCorps team members in mentoring at-risk students in the Leto High School cluster had a successful start. This program supports the School District in its quest for a 90 percent graduation rate. A noticeable impact on encouraging students to stay in school was made this past year. This program is scheduled for a major expansion in the year ahead. The Foundation continued its active support of the Empowering Effective Teachers initiative funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The peer review and mentoring component of this program is drawing national attention as a model for increasing teacher excellence.

    The Board of Directors of HEF ended the year with continued hard work and support for the goals of the Foundation. The Give Five Campaign in combination with the Annual Apple Appeal Casino Royale event let the year go out with a bang! The year ahead looks to be the best one ever in our history with record levels of support. The programs and events supporting the students, teachers and schools in Hillsborough County are making a difference in the lives of students.


    phil Jones Michael poland President Chairman of the Board

    phil Jones

    Michael poland

  • Teaching TooLsBecause success starts with the tools to succeed

    Many Hillsborough County students face challenges purchasing school supplies such as pens, pencils, paper, and books. Before Teaching Tools opened, it was frequently the teachers themselves who dug deep into their wallets and purchased these supplies for the students.

    Over the past 10 years, Teaching Tools has provided more than $11.5 million in free school supplies to teachers at our Title I schools and administrative sites. Through the generous support of our community, the Teaching Tools Supply Store had a record breaking year in 2011, distributing more than $1.8 million in free school supplies.

    The store experienced more than 6,300 teacher visits. In addition, volunteers gave almost 16,000 hours to help staff and support the teachers shopping experience.

    ForwardIn todays uncertain economic climate, more students than ever are faced with financial challenges that result in their inability to purchase even simple, basic classroom school supplies. This is particularly evident in Hillsborough Countys schools, with 57 percent of students eligible for free and reduced lunch.

    To meet the increasing need, the Foundation will expand the free school supplies program to 10 more schools next year, bringing the total to 120 schools served in Hillsborough County. New partnerships with retail organizations such as Walgreens and increasing donations from our community will be essential to continue bringing school supplies to our teachers and students.

    The Teaching Tools store has made a big impact. I teach at a renaissance school which is high minority, high poverty, and I get enough materials so that I alert

    my parents and tell them that they dont have to buy any school supplies for their children. They can just show up

    and have everything that they need.

    Stephanie Brever, Burney Elementary teacher

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  • Our goal is to help increase Hillsborough Countys graduation rate to above 90 percent. We want our students to achieve more.

    Research indicates that the most important school factor impacting student achievement is teacher quality. National Board Certification is a proven measure of teacher quality, above and beyond state teacher licensing.

    National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) successfully undergo a rigorous program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers. They meet higher standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.

    Funding for teachers to enter the program for NBCT certification was eliminated in the Florida education budget. To help retain the best-qualified and most effective teachers, the Hillsborough Education Foundation provides the financial support of a $500 match to any teacher who seeks National Board Certification.

    ForwardAchieving the Hillsborough County Public Schools objective of a 90 percent-plus graduation rate will require teachers who have the qualifications to prepare our students for success. Our goal is to make NBCT certification accessible to every teacher who would like to earn this important certification of teaching excellence.

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    naTionaL Board cerTified TeachersTeachers who meet higher standards = students who reach higher levels

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  • schooL enrichMenT granTsCreativity in the classroom creates students who love to learn

    Our goal is to create students who have a sense of Wow! and wonder when they are in school. Hillsborough County can be where the next generation of innovation will be inspired. School Enrichment Grants from the Hillsborough Education Foundation fund new and innovative teaching practices that encourage creativity in students everyday learning experiences. These are initiatives that are not covered by a typical school budget, such as establishing an indoor greenhouse so students can study the complete life cycle of plants.

    Teachers are eligible for funds they can use for special classroom projects. Schools can apply for matching funds to improve the overall experience and upgrade technology.

    Thanks to the generosity of our business and community partners, the Foundation creates grant programs for initiatives ranging from the environment and music to engineering and recycling.

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    $211,492 awarded= 110 GRANTSto improve classroom experience

    Karen g. harrison dale Mabry elementary school excellence grant project feeder Watch:Thank you so much for awarding our group, Project Feeder Watch, a School Excellence Grant. Our Dolphin Buddies, students with disabilities and without disabilities, have been watching and counting birds since November, 2011. Students are collecting the data and we have begun electronically submitting the data to Cornell University. The grant will greatly help us by paying for supplies that will help us attract more birds to count, as well as providing us with the tools we need to watch and correctly identify the different species of birds.

  • schooL enrichMenT granTsCreativity in the classroom creates students who love to learn

    Some programs have their genesis in an individuals passion. Others begin with a business focus.

    The Hillsborough Education Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grants during the year. Teachers and schools compete for these dollars and provide details on how the monies will be used. If you have a specific passion or interest that you believe could be adapted into an exciting new teaching practice, it coul