617 331 6589
265 Essex Street, P.O. Box 8184, Salem, MA 01970
The Salem Education Foundation began 24 years ago as a Teacher Grant funding organization. The original, sole purpose was to support innovative classroom projects and initiatives that fell outside of the district budget. We continue to have a strong teacher grant program, giving out more that $25,000 annually. We have also given several thousand dollars in the past few years to our Fund-a-Need program.
In 2011, when the district was in danger of losing governing power to the state because of test scores and poor performance, SEF stepped up to help lead the way to a successful school district. We became strong advocates of progressive educational strategies, better practices in the classroom, fighting injustices in the schools, and helping rally the entire Salem community around the importance of education for the viability of our city. Now Salem is on its way towards success! There is always room for progress, but people are paying attention and making good decisions to benefit all of our students. This allows us, SEF, to step back from our advocacy role, returning to our original mission of providing experiences for students that cannot be funded by the district and engaging the community.
We continue to engage the community and celebrate education in creative ways. We’ve expanded our work into community engagement including hosting forums, creating a biannual, bilingual newspaper covering the school district and partners, and sitting on many educational and community boards and committees. We fiscally sponsor a authentic African and Latin Dance program in the schools and partner with several non-profits in the district. Most recently we began a bilingual spelling bee for 5th graders and an Adult spelling bee. All Board and committee members are devoted to bettering all schools in Salem. You can find volunteers and board members in numerous positions and roles, from parents, to teachers, to business folk, to non-profit leaders. We are very connected and committed to Salem.
OUR MISSION IS TO:
Provide funding for projects that further students’ educational experiences in science, mathematics, the arts and humanities
Support projects that go beyond the scope of those funded by the Salem Public School Department.
Work with the larger community to make education a true community enterprise by promoting and coordinating volunteerism and participation in the schools.
Programs and Services
The Salem Education Foundation is a board of 12.
Currently we are 9 female and 3 male, with