W.K. Kellogg Foundation Awards PLAN Grant

May 30, 2017 - 4 minutes read

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May 2017

Contact:
Pecolia Manigo, pecolia@bayareaplan.org
Executive Director 510-444-7526

For Immediate Release

$450,000 Two-Year Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Bay Area Parent Leadership Group strengthen parent engagement.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network, or PLAN, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization, will expand its efforts to strengthen the parents’ voice, engagement and leadership in Oakland public schools with a $450,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

“Years of research has shown that when families are engaged, schools improve and students thrive. In a time when school districts like Oakland have seen over $10,000,000 in additional funds from the recently implemented Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) why is it that districts like OUSD are in budget shortfalls,” said Pecolia Manigo, Executive Director.

Throughout this two-year investment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, PLAN will work to improve outcomes of low-income children by strengthening implementation of the LCFF and Every Student Succeeds Act in the San Francisco Bay Area. PLAN will focus on employing a regional family engagement approach that deepens skills, knowledge and best practices of key stakeholders. PLAN’s WKKF project will meet a majority of the needs in the Bay Area, while ensuring that parent and student leaders are at the forefront of monitoring ESSA and LCFF accountability from a racial education justice framework.

The W.K. Kellogg’s past investments in PLAN have helped deepen the work of PLAN’s Leaders for Engaged and Active Parents (LEAP) by increasing their expertise in family engagement research and best practices to create a program model for transformative family engagement at elementary schools that focuses on student achievement. Moreover, PLAN has redesigned their fee for service work into a new Transformative Capacity Building Program for organizations, school, districts and counties to increase their implementation of transformative family engagement in their implementation of LCFF and ESSA through dual capacity building coaching, training and implementation consulting.

PLAN empowers parents to transform schools so that all children can receive an excellent education. Since 2004, PLAN has provided more than 1,000 parents with leadership training and engagement opportunities that enable them to become leaders in their children’s education and work with schools to promote success for all children. For more information, visit www.bayareaplan.org.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org

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