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Academic Achievement

Why we’re creating equitable opportunities for students to excel in academic achievement

Academic achievement is the bedrock of any educational experience. Improving attainment levels, especially for those students with the greatest achievement gaps, is pivotal to the Pinellas Education Foundation’s work. That’s why we strive to support highly effective teachers and principals.

Our academic achievement initiatives and impact

Closing the Gap Initiative

How we’re striving to close the gender achievement gap in Pinellas County

Boys are underperforming girls at alarming rates in literacy. This disparity follows the genders through to graduation. The current structure of curriculum and the learning day can inadvertently ignore boys’ interests, experiences and inherent tendencies. To address the gender achievement gap, the Foundation works directly with elementary teachers and principals to improve instructional practices that help boys and girls achieve at higher levels.

Our Impact

4,733

Students directly impacted by Closing the Gap grants

316

Teachers directly impacted by the program

47

Pinellas County Schools participating and the annual Boys Read Book Battle

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Reading Recovery

Reading recovery to accelerate grade-level proficiency

One-to-one tutoring is provided to low-achieving first-graders as part of this highly effective short-term reading intervention program. In many of the schools where participants are enrolled, low-income populations begin school unprepared for kindergarten. In this nationally recognized program, struggling students achieve grade-level proficiency before falling further behind.

Our Impact

15

Pinellas County elementary schools selected for the program

130

Students who participated in 1-on-1 instruction

70%

Students expected to improve to first-grade level in the program

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Digital Equity

Reimagining education through a lens of digital equity

In an era of expanded online learning tools and continued hybrid learning, not all families have access to the internet or knowledge about the digital educational tools available to them. The Foundation seeks to close the digital equity gap, by providing hundreds of families free and reliable access to the internet and technology coaching through the Family E-Learning Coaching Program.

Our Impact

352

Individual coaching sessions completed within first year

45

Average minutes per technology coaching session

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Pinellas Early Literacy Initiative

Improving kindergarten readiness and literacy proficiency

The Pinellas Early Literacy Initiative is a collaboration with Pinellas County Schools to boost reading proficiency in children from Pre-K through second grade by providing specialized training, tools, and resources to their teachers. Literacy achievement largely predicts academic success in every subject area. The goal is to lay a strong foundation for all students early on to give them the best chance of thriving throughout their education.

Our Impact

2,093

Pre-K and K-2 students served by the initiative

186

Teachers and administrators impacted by the project

8%

Increase in reading proficiency among 2nd grade students

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INITIATIVES

Other strategies for success

The Pinellas Education Foundation is dedicated to identifying current issues in public education and strives to provide innovative solutions that will further enhance the quality of learning.

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