Jeffco Schools Foundation

Helping Students Thrive

aka The Jefferson Foundation   |   Golden, CO   |  http://www.jeffcoschoolsfoundation.org

Mission

Our vision is that every Jeffco student thrives. Our mission is to secure resources and engage in partnerships to ensure Jeffco students thrive through equitable, excellent, and engaging educational experiences. Our strategic priority areas are equity, excellence, and engagement.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Angela Baber

Main address

581 Conference Place PO Box 4001

Golden, CO 80402-4001 USA

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Formerly known as

The Jefferson Foundation

EIN

84-0970315

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We seek to ensure every Jeffco student thrives. Jeffco Public Schools includes 155 public schools, 84,000. students, more than 14,000 district and school staff, and spans a vast geography. One in three students are low income (as designated by Free or Reduced Lunch status). We seek to deliver for all of our students, and to always be anchored in our values. Values: • Students first, always • Equitable supports matter more than equal supports • Community and family engagement are essential • Educators and schools are valuable partners and leaders • Measuring success is critical to achieving success • Honoring our past is critical to securing our future • Quality education is the right of every Jeffco student

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

STEM Smart Labs

Jeffco Schools Foundation serves the over 80,000 students in Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado. STEM Smart Labs are within a number of Title I schools in the Arvada articulation area.

STEM Smart Labs are one of the nine program areas we support. STEM education in Jeffco emphasizes an interdisciplinary, innovative, and authentic approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In addition to essential skills such as communication and collaboration, our STEM programs also emphasize transferable STEM specific skills that students are able to apply across STEM aligned disciplines. These STEM skills include: Asking Questions and Defining Problems, Creating and Using Models, Planning and Carrying out Investigations or Valid Tests, Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Constructing Explanations / Designing Solutions, and Engaging in Argument from
Evidence.

Our STEM programs embrace a student driven, inquiry embedded instructional approach, utilizing educational models such as Project/Problem Based Learning and Design Thinking. Some of our Jeffco Schools partner with organizations to support STEM learning, including but not limited to: Creative Learning Systems, Expeditionary Learning, New Technology Network, PBL Works, and Project Lead the Way.

Population(s) Served
Children
Low-income people
Working poor

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Jeffco Schools Foundation's vision is that every Jeffco student thrives.

To achieve this, Jeffco Schools Foundation has defined three strategic priorities.

EQUITY: Identify Opportunities to Meet Needs
• Expand effective community and school partnerships
• Invest in equitable student supports
• Diversify and target supports to meet individual student and school needs

EXCELLENCE: Shine a Spotlight on Success and Invest in Excellence
• Define key elements needed for students to “thrive”
• Identify, measure, and celebrate success
• Seed promising innovations and expand successful models

ENGAGEMENT: Convene, Collaborate, and Move to Action
• Invest in strategic partnerships
• Remain nimble and responsive
• Act on community feedback to inform investment and action

Jeffco Schools Foundation has 1-, 3-, and 5-year goals and related metrics aligned to our three strategic priority areas: equity, excellence, and engagement.

Equity:
1-Year Goals and Metrics: Define effective partnership criteria; Invest deeply in three
effective partnerships to support schools with highest
needs; Support school relationships with at least 80 percent of schools

3-Year Goals and Metrics: At least a twenty percent of partner schools report a meaningful JSF partnership; JSF Board diversity more fully reflects the diversity of our community; JSF programs report results and impacts by Board
defined equity criteria

5-Year Goals and Metrics: Track process for partner engagement and data collection; Track success and impact of JSF programs on student success; Report success rate on investments

Excellence:
1-Year Goals and Metrics: Define what it means for a student to “Thrive” and articulate measures; Pilot community engagement focus groups to inform JSF efforts; Create annual program and
overall impact statements

3-Year Goals and Metrics: Expand supports for programs aligned to “Thrive” measures; Expand three excellent programs to at least five schools; Communicate impact broadly; Publicly celebrate excellence
through two or more events

5-Year Goals and Metrics: Majority of JSF-supported schools report progress on “Thrive” measures; Engage the community in development and release of 2025-30 strategic plan building on excellence

Engagement:
1-Year Goals and Metrics: Convene, Collaborate, and Move to Action; Establish strong school
engagement mechanisms; Reach 80 percent or more of schools; Engage at least seven key
community partners to collaboratively support schools

3-Year Goals and Metrics: Three articulation areas have thriving school support partnerships; Three articulation areas are forming school support partnerships

5-Year Goals and Metrics: Six articulation areas have thriving school support partnerships; Partnerships are supporting a majority of schools; At least a twenty percent increase in student
engagement in excellent programs

Jeffco Schools Foundation has a strong and diverse Board of Directors, deep partnership with our district, direct relationships with over 80 of our schools, and a very supportive community.

We have all the elements needed to achieve success in ensuring every Jeffco student thrives. However, we cannot succeed without partnership, community support, and funding.

Jeffco Schools Foundation is honored and privileged to serve our students, families, educators, and schools. We are delighted to share that in the 2019-20 school year we provided some level of support to 80 percent of our 155 schools. At the same time, based on feedback from our strategic planning process and our community, we know there is work to be done in regard to impact, measuring that impact, expanding supports for what works, investing in innovations, and communicating successes and challenges with our community.

Financials

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Jeffco Schools Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dayna Ashley-Oehm

Aurora Housing

Term: 2018 - 2023

Josie Huelskamp

First Bank

Jesse Von Feldt

Wells Fargo

Kristopher Schuh

Jeffco Public Schools

Andrea Hart

Organizational Consultant

Pam Brier

The Action Center

Clint Hinman

Centura Health

Dawson Jones

Swinerton

Ben Miller

Kaiser

Stephanie Schooly

Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education

Christie Searls

Standards Board Ltd.

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/02/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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