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News Release - Alcoa Foundation Grant $30,000

Alcoa Foundation Grants $30,000 to The Alliance for Education

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California, Nov. 20, 2014 – Alcoa Foundation has announced a $30,000 grant to The Alliance for Education, San Bernardino County’s premier partnership between businesses and education communities working to foster Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning both in and out of the classroom in all age groups. The Alliance is focused on supporting strategic work in three areas: education, family involvement and economic and workforce development.

Alcoa Foundation made the announcement after Alcoa announced today that it had completed the acquisition of Firth Rixson, a global leader in aerospace jet engine components with facilities in the Sheffield area. The Company closed the transaction, which was announced on June 26, 2014, after receiving all of the required global regulatory approvals and arranging financing for the deal.

“Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to supporting STEM education is key in changing the future for our students and communities,” said Debra Mustain, Interim Director, The Alliance for Education. “We welcome their partnership and look forward to sharing exciting learning experiences in the field including opportunities to explore STEM careers and educational options beyond high school.”

The funds will support The Alliance for Education’s continued effort to increase interest in STEM by engaging diverse and under-represented populations in rigorous real-world academics and educational events. At least 2,500 students from 10 schools will increase their knowledge about postsecondary and career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

“Alcoa Foundation focuses on projects that increase the number of students enrolled in STEM studies,” said Scott Hudson, Principal Manager of Social Responsibility and Community Outreach, Alcoa Foundation. “We believe this partnership with The Alliance for Education will help foster future leaders in California.”

Alcoa Foundation was established six decades ago to extend Alcoa’s values to benefit the communities where it operates. Since 2000, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $10.3 million in Southern California, partnering with nonprofit organizations to address community development needs and advance Alcoa’s core priorities around environment and education.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $470 million. Founded 62 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $590 million. In 2013, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2013, a record 62 percent of Alcoa employees took part in nearly 1,300 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 505,000 people and 1,900 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

About Alcoa
A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 62,400 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow us on Facebook at

About Alliance for Education
The Alliance for Education is a partnership among business, labor, government, community and education in San Bernardino County in Southern California. Our mission is to produce an educated and skilled community that provides a qualified workforce for the continued economic well-being and improved quality of life for all residents. Since February 2002, the Alliance members and executive board have advanced a collaborative effort that has aligned common goals of key educational institutions, workforce preparation training organizations and committed stakeholders to achieve three goals: Education (Strengthen a standards-based, academically rigorous and technically advanced education with relevant, work-based learning opportunities provided by business, labor, and community partnerships), Family Engagement (Provide family education, parent engagement activities, and literacy support programs and resources through education institutions, businesses, and community and faith-based organizations) and Economic and Workforce Development (Utilize current systems of workforce preparation in order to effectively align common goals and resources and deliver services, education and/or training to students and adults countywide). For more information, visit, follow @Alliancefored on Twitter at and follow us on Facebook at

Lockheed Essay and Media Contest

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Presents………... Help That Habitat! An Essay and Multimedia Contest!

Monarch butterflies are largely recognized throughout North America for their distinct orange, black and white wings. Often referred to as the “king” of the butterflies, these majestic creatures are also known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make this massive journey—up to 3,000 miles! Each spring, monarchs fly across California in search of the perfect habitat to lay their eggs. Adults will only lay their eggs on milkweed plants and the caterpillars will only eat milkweed plant. Scientists have long thought of these majestic creatures as an indicator of ecological health and pollinator populations. The future of the western monarch migration is at risk! Over the last 20 years, scientists have monitored California’s overwintering monarchs and found an 80 percent or more drop in butterfly numbers at many sites. Scientists believe monarchs are declining due to loss of milkweed habitat and overwintering groves from herbicide use, urban and rural development and long term drought.

In 250 words or less, can you tell us three ways you can help protect the Monarch butterfly and its habitat?

Students may submit one entry per person documenting Monarch butterfly waystations or habitat restoration in their community or yard in the multimedia form of:

• A 30 second to one minute length video documenting habitat restoration efforts
• A “selfie” photo documenting habitat restoration efforts

There are FIVE prize categories:
Grades 1-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. Winners will receive a gift card for the following amounts: First place winners will receive $50, second place $25, and third place will receive $15. Kindergarten winners will receive a $10 gift card for all places instead of the above prizes. In addition all winners will receive a Monarch Waystation kit of their very own!!!

Deadline for submission is November 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Submissions may be submitted to: MEEC, 14306 Park Ave, Victorville, CA 92392
FAX: (760) 241-6271
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For flyer and full details icon Lockheed Essay and Media Contest

News Release - Tom Torlakson

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SACRAMENTO - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today released updated guidance that assists districts in planning and implementing programs to increase parent participation in their child's education and meet the requirements of the Local Control Funding Formula, which requires family engagement. The Family Engagement Framework: A Tool for California School Districts (PDF; 4MB) is a free publication available in both English and Spanish (PDF; 4MB).

"This is a tool districts can use to increase the participation of parents, family members, and community members in a child's education," Torlakson said. "Research has shown that high levels of parental and community involvement help students succeed in the classroom."

The Framework shows districts how to encourage parents to become more involved in their students' education in many ways. This includes helping with homework, talking about the importance of college and careers, meeting with teachers, attending "Back to School Night," visiting the parent resource center, covunteering and serving on advisory committees, or attending the meetings.

The Framework describes 18 principles that are essential for family and community involvement and describes a range of actions districts can take to implement these principles. It also gives districts methods for evaluating their progress in increasing family and community participation.

The Framework, first issued in 2011 was revised by the California Department of Education in collaboration with the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention under a contract with Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, with funding support from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Copies of the revised Framework will be distributed to all school districts in California and will also be posted on the CDE's Parent/Family Web page.