Mountain View Voice

News - March 11, 2011

Community briefs

Schools get $1.1 million

Fifteen school districts and educational programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties will receive $1.1 million in grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the foundation announced Monday, March 7.

The funds will support training and development for local math teachers in hope of bridging the "achievement gap" between students in socio-economically disadvantaged areas and their peers in more affluent communities.

"California's students are scoring far below other states and other nations and we need more well trained, effective mathematics teachers if we are going to change that," foundation president Emmett D. Carson stated in a press release.

The Krause Center's Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence at Foothill College will receive $99,200 for its development program for middle-school math teachers.

"Shrinking and shifting school budgets have meant severe reductions in professional development and coaching resources," Gina Dalma, the foundation's education-program officer, stated in the release.

She added that the programs funded are providing educators with instruction they wouldn't have otherwise received.

—Zohra Ashpari

Career expert honored

Betsy Collard, a Mountain View community volunteer and high-tech career specialist, is being honored for her lifetime of social service and activism.

Avenidas, a Bay Area non-profit support organization for senior citizens, announced its annual lifetime achievement awards last week, singling out Collard and six other local seniors for their contributions to community service.

Collard was program director for the Career Action Center for 21 years and has been quoted as an expert in the field of career development and adaptation, according to an Avenidas. She has worked as the director of Stanford's Alumni Relations and volunteered at the Community School of Music and Art, the Mountain View School Board, the Palo Alto chapter of the American Red Cross, the Mountain View Human Relations Commission and the Day Worker Center. She is the author of "The High-Tech Career Book."

At Avenida's Feb. 3 reception at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto, CEO Lisa Hendrickson praised the 2011 recipients. "Caring and commitment are two hallmarks of each of these outstanding nominees; they all have made their mark on their community and for that we are grateful."

The other recipients of the award include former Palo Alto mayor and council member Jim Burch, Celebrity Forum Speakers Series at Foothill College founder Dick Henning, environmentalist Jan Fenwick, League of Women Voters leader Veronica Tincher and Palo Alto Commons founders Bill and the late Carolyn Reller.

Avenidas, The Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online are sponsoring a celebration for the honorees open to the public Sunday, May 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. for $75. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the programs and services available from Avenidas for Midpeninsula residents over 65. Call Avenidas at (650) 289-5445 or go to www.avenidas.org.

—Peter Maxwell

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