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Chamberlin Education Foundation receives 2022 Partners in Education Excellence Award

ACSA Award recognizes CEF's partnership with WCCUSD principals and instructional leaders

RICHMOND, CA — The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) announced Friday that Chamberlin Education Foundation (CEF) will receive the 2022 Region 6 Partners in Education Excellence Award.

The annual award goes to “exemplary school-community partnership programs that promote effective educational performance, enhanced student achievement, and strong community involvement in educational quality,” according to the ACSA website.

The Richmond Association of School Administrators nominated CEF for the award for its ongoing work to support WCCUSD principals and teams through the foundation’s Instructional Leadership Community of Practice (ILCoP).

Alison Evert, the Principal at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary and a participant in the ILCoP, was among the WCCUSD principals who endorsed CEF for the award.

“I credit much of my professional growth as a site leader to the work they facilitated for me and for many other site leaders in our district,” Evert wrote in her letter of support.

“The Chamberlin Education Foundation is a great asset to our district, our leaders, the community and most importantly our scholars.”

“They are singularly focused on erasing the achievement gap in West Contra Costa Unified School District and in supporting our students with the greatest needs” Evert said in the statement.

Since 2018, CEF’s Instructional Leadership Community of Practice has provided grants to Chavez Elementary and eleven other WCCUSD schools to support curriculum materials, leadership coaching for school leadership teams, and sponsorships to best-in-class instructional conferences.

“It’s exciting to earn recognition for our continuing partnership with WCCUSD principals” said Dr. Stefanie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer at CEF.

“We’re committed to supporting their growth as instructional leaders, and we believe that their leadership will result in stronger academics and improved outcomes for students in our district,” Phillips said.

The Partners in Education Excellence Award honors education partners that demonstrate a “sustained, positive impact on student achievement and learning, and effective collaboration between education and community leaders,” among other criteria, according to ACSA’s website.

“With support from CEF, my team at Chavez Elementary was able to make great strides in teaching and learning to better support the needs of our scholars,” Evert said.

“For their work, their investment in me and my school site, I am eternally grateful,” Evert said.

About the Chamberlin Education Foundation

The Chamberlin Education Foundation supports initiatives that advance education equity and academic excellence in West Contra Costa public schools. CEF’s grants and programs support effective education leadership, high-quality curriculum and instruction, restorative student interventions, and help create and sustain a student-centered public education ecosystem.

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