Thanks to financial contributions by TPES families, the Foundation funds two full-time classroom teachers, professional development opportunities for teachers, and much needed supplies for teachers and staff positively impacting all TPES students.
2 Classroom Teachers (1.0 FTE): The largest portion of our annual budget funds two full-time classroom teachers which has great positive impact on reducing class sizes across grade levels and also protects teachers from the risk of losing teachers when enrollment figures fluctuate.
Every summer, the school district provides a set number of district-funded classroom teachers based on school enrollment figures. At key points in the year, including within weeks of the beginning of school, enrollment may shift and teachers can be at risk of being excessed and moved from TPES, which impacts the stability of classroom communities. This risk of losing teachers and the benefits of reducing class sizes are key reasons why the Foundation is funding two classroom teachers this year.
Currently the class-size standards in California are as follows:
Because of the 2 additional Foundation-funded teachers, TPES classes are below the class size standards per grade level.
By funding full time classroom teachers, the principal can work towards the goal of having smaller class sizes not only because of the research supporting the benefits, but because we have seen first hand how it impacts the learning and socialization of our children. Thanks to your contributions the Foundation is able to provide the Principal with supplemental funding to ensure that learning groups at all grade levels are at optimal sizes to more adequately meet the needs of our students and school community.
Professional Development: The Foundation funds professional development programming for all classroom teachers. In collaboration with teachers, the TPES Principal, organizes professional development programming based on the needs of students and teachers to impact teaching and curriculum skills for classroom teachers across all grade-levels.
Classroom & School Supplies: The Foundation provides funding for much-needed classroom supplies teachers and staff that support all students at TPES. This enables teachers to make purchases that are classroom-specific to augment supplies provided by the school and parent donations at the beginning of the year. Additional supplies and books may be purchased by TPES staff through this supplement, the Yubbler school supplies fundraiser, and Scholastic Book Fair fundraisers.
For more information, please contact TPESF Academic Affairs.