What’s Working in Education: Is the United States’ Antiquated School Funding Model to Blame for its Achievement Gap?

What’s Working in Education: Is the United States’ Antiquated School Funding Model to Blame for its Achievement Gap?

According to OECD data, the U.S. spends more per student, per year than South Korea, Canada, Japan, and Finland; a total of more than $11,000 per student, per year. With such high numbers one would assume that the U.S. education system would be top notch. However, the United States falls far behind top PISA performers, having scored 24th on reading, 26th on science, and a staggering 36th on math achievement on the 2015 PISA test. While the PISA is not the be all and end all of success indicators, it's troubling that a country with such wealth and resources can’t crack the PISA’s top 10. So, why are students in the U.S. falling behind?

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Corrina Grace: Founder & Executive Director of SERES

5 Things You Didn't Know About Corrina Grace: Founder & Executive Director of SERES

We have had the pleasure of working with Corrina and the SERES team since 2014, when we partnered with them to support their Sustainability Leadership program. The SERES mission is to  cultivate and catalyze youth leaders to create more just and sustainable communities in Central America, and under Corrina's leadership they are doing all that and more.

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Trash to Treasure, Bin to Beauty: The 2018 Recycled Materials Art Competition

Trash to Treasure, Bin to Beauty: The 2018 Recycled Materials Art Competition

The Recycled Materials Art Competition is always a highlight of our year, filled with outstanding entries from local students all over Marin County. Judging was incredibly challenging, as we received a number of beautiful and creative entries. We would like to congratulate and thank ALL of our entrants for joining this year and demonstrating how creative problem solving can help us achieve a sustainable future.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Kristi Grusby: PaperSeed Novato Member

5 Things You Didn't Know About Kristi Grusby: PaperSeed Novato Member

Kristi works in the accounting department in CellMark's Novato office and, in addition to engaging with all of the fun extras the Novato team gets up to (like rooting for the office softball team, the CellMark Ducklings), Kristi is an active PaperSeed Local volunteer who is always willing to lend a hand. This month, we're learning more about what makes her a PaperSeed Champion!

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Caren McNelly McCormack, President & Co-Founder- The Kilgoris Project

5 Things You Didn't Know About Caren McNelly McCormack, President & Co-Founder- The Kilgoris Project

We have had the pleasure of working in partnership with the Kilgoris Project over the past six years. In that time, we have aided with the building and expansion of two of their schools, and provided seed funding (pun absolutely intended) for their social enterprise tree farm. We are so inspired by the work the Kilgoris Project team does, and are pleased to introduce you to Caren, TKP's dedicated president and co-founder!

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A Visit to Vida Verde

A Visit to Vida Verde

It’s a bright, cold February morning in Half Moon Bay. Sixth-graders are walking around the garden, collecting leaves of kale and chard, using their senses to scope out items for a scavenger hunt. Nearby, another group of students gather on a semicircle of hay bales to learn about milking goats, bolstering their voices to be heard over the contented clucking of the laying hens who wander the neighboring pasture. It is, for all intents and purposes, a typical morning at Vida Verde Nature Education.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Dhirendra Pratap Singh: Co-founder and CEO of Milaan Foundation

5 Things You Didn't Know About Dhirendra Pratap Singh: Co-founder and CEO of Milaan Foundation

Milaan Foundation is our newest grantee partner, and we couldn't be more excited to join them in designing a curriculum to help expand their innovative Girl Icons program.We're proud to feature Milaan's Co-founder, Dhirendra Pratap Singh, as this month's PaperSeed Champion!

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Dan Cotter: Vice President of CellMark's Recycling Division

5 Things You Didn't Know About Dan Cotter: Vice President of CellMark's Recycling Division

Our friends at CellMark are some of our biggest fans and advocates, and Dan Cotter is no exception. Dan is always looking for ways to work with PaperSeed and further our mission, and (as you'll read below) he shares a our passion for education and lifelong learning! As we're getting ready to kick off our annual Recycled Materials Art Competition, we couldn't think of a better person to interview for this month's newsletter! 

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Laura Sears: Co-Founder & Development Director, Vida Verde Nature Education

5 Things You Didn't Know About Laura Sears: Co-Founder & Development Director, Vida Verde Nature Education

We have had the privilege of working with Vida Verde for a number of years now, and continue to be impressed by their commitment to equity in education and teaching the next generation about nature and sustainability. Laura Sears is Vida Verde's dynamic co-founder, and a PaperSeed Champion through and through.

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