Education Foundation and School District Launch Innovation Centers at San Ramon Valley Schools
The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF) and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) have teamed up to create two Innovation Centers with current STEM tools, which can be used by all schools in the District. These Innovation Centers will provide increased opportunities for teachers to integrate new technologies and innovative teaching strategies into their curriculum at all grade-levels and in all content areas.
“We are grateful to the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation for funding these excellent digital resource hubs for our teachers and students,” said SRVUSD Superintendent RIck Schmitt. “The tools encourage collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication- cornerstones of the learning needs of today’s students. This is another great example of the type of innovation that can take place in public education through the support of private partnerships.”
Last week, the Centers opened for the 2018-19 school year at Gale Ranch Middle School Library in San Ramon and Charlotte Wood Middle School Library in Danville. SRVEF donated $30,000 to create these hubs. Each Center is equipped with innovative technology that all SRVUSD teachers can check out and use in their classrooms.
“The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is pleased to have opened two state-of the-art Innovation Centers in the SRVUSD,” said Gary Alpert, President of the SRVEF. “These centers expand our long-standing partnership with the District by providing places that teachers can go to preview what is new in technology and bring it back to their classrooms. Access to these resources for teachers furthers the Foundation’s goal to expand innovative teaching practices and bring the latest in resources to our teaching community.”
The vision behind the Centers is that teachers have the ability to pilot new technology and experience it with their students prior to making a longer term investment. Examples of the type of tools that will be available include hands-on robotic kits, coding materials, virtual reality cameras, design challenges, and many more!
The Innovation Centers were funded through proceeds from the 2017 Run for Education. This year’s Run will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Over 7,000 students, parents and community members participate in the run each year. Now in its 35th year, this annual event supports the SRVUSD in providing outstanding learning opportunities for students. To learn more about the Run for Education, visit