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“This is exactly what MFEE was created to do,” says MFEE founder Joyce Michaelson. “Educational Excellence grants nurture our teachers’ innovative ideas, which in turn unleash the innovation and creativity of our next generation of leaders. We are so thankful to our donors for making exciting work like this possible.”
"With the shape of education in the fall in question, Montclair’s teachers have come up with innovative ways to teach students.
The three projects had the backing of the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence. The MFEE provided funding for materials for the media literacy courses and a 360-degree camera to use as part of the Global Citizen Project, as well as for curriculum materials for the teletherapy sessions."
"In the wake of ongoing protests around the world sparked by the death of George Floyd, the “America to Me: Real Talk Montclair” initiative that was launched March 1 in Montclair has taken on a broader scope, with a more urgent sense of purpose.
What began as “watch groups,” in which community members gathered virtually in small groups to discuss the TV docuseries “America to Me,” are now becoming “action groups,” with participants looking for ways to take part in a social justice moment and make anti-racist changes now."
"Through the “America to Me: Real Talk” Montclair initiative, MFEE has provided training on key frameworks and language for understanding issues of race and equity. Participants use these frameworks to debrief the documentaries in watch groups and to guide self-reflection on their own racial literacy and personal accountability. They end the experience by identifying individual and/or collective action items to tackle."
Ultimately, Rodriquez-Vars said, it’s not just about getting the school community through the next few months, but preparing for what may be permanent changes in the schools due to the outbreak.
“We don’t know what the fall is going to bring,” Rodriquez-Vars said. “This is about making investments in structures that we can call up when we need them.”
Families join MFEE's TikTok Together Challenge to raise money for new programs to support students and teachers during school closures.
"The current three ongoing projects associated with Arts Open Hearts are the ballroom dancing at Renaissance Middle School, the intergenerational story slam at Montclair High School, and the poetry slam at Buzz Aldrin Middle School."
Although Covid-19 cancelled the larger performance that was scheduled, students were able to perform in school the day before our schools closed.
"It was standing room only at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoon for the launch of the community-wide phase of “The America to Me Real Talk Montclair” Initiative organized by the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE)."
MFEE's America to Me: Real Talk Montclair launches!
"For this pilot program in Buzz Aldrin, there were four 80-minute lessons. The first lesson offered a news vocabulary lesson, including bylines and headlines. Subsequent lessons quizzed students on what was fact and what was opinion, comparing news articles from different sources, and learning about fact-checking. A “scavenger hunt” of sorts had students searching newspapers to find items such as ads, opinions and other features."
MFEE Launches a News and Social Media Literacy pilot program for middle school students.
"Don’t miss out on MFEE/MHS Guidance Life After High School Conference for teens and their caregivers on Saturday January 11th, 2020 in the George Innes Annex, 141 Park Street. This FREE event is open to all 8th – 12th graders."
"When MFEE said this year’s MFEE Amazing FundRACER would be BIGGER, BETTER, AND BOLDER, they were really talking about the AFTERPARTY!"
"A new date has been set for the MFEE Amazing FundRACER. On Sunday, September 15, the event, which is a mini-version of the competition show The Amazing Race - minus the $1 million prize and the worldwide travel, will take place in Montclair to benefit all 6,000 Montclair Public School students."
MFEE is proud to have helped get this program started!
"For Legman, who teaches an elective called “Mural Painting” in the fall and spring, one of the best things about the project is just walking through the hallways, and seeing the transformation of the building from an institutional style to something filled with color."
MFEE Calendar of Events 2019 - 2020
MFEE has some innovative and exciting plans to support our teachers, students, and community in the 2019 - 2020 school year!
The Amazing FundRACER, grants to support our teacher and students, a Mini-Conference for our oldest students and families, a community film watch group, and an exciting talent show extravaganza are just a few examples of the important work MFEE will do this year!
Your support and donations help us achieve these goals!
After taking a year off to host the Showdown Montclair, a talent show competition and lip sync battle fundraiser, The Montclair Fund For Educational Excellence (MFEE), the town’s educational foundation, is bringing the MFEE Amazing FundRACER back on Sunday, May 19th and it promises to be Bigger, Better, and Bolder!
Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) is proud to announce that Showdown Montclair has received the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising” from the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership (NJEFP).
MFEE Executive Director Masiel Rodriquez-Vars, a member of St. Peter’s added, "Dr. Johnson's talk on ‘Derailing Racism’ was a powerful way to celebrate MLK's legacy. St. Peter Claver is home to some of the families who helped launch our magnet schools and continues to serve a diverse community. Her insight and resource-sharing inspired us and gave us concrete ways to continue Dr. King's work."
Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) is in the midst of its “Publicly Proud” Annual Appeal to raise funds to support the Montclair Public Schools. The ambitious campaign seeks to recruit 500 donors who believe in the power of public schools to transform lives, our community, and our country.
Eight new members were appointed to serve on the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE), Board, the local education foundation that supports the Montclair Public Schools.
Parenting is often a lonely, stressful job.
The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, in partnership with some other groups, wants to help make it feel a little less lonely and stressful.
Next month, the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) will present “You Got This,” a series of workshops for parents of young children. The conference will take place at Nishuane School on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.