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The Feed the Need to Read book drive is a response to the many grant requests the Salem Education Foundation received from teachers in 2013 to purchase books. In fact, books accounted for nearly 25% of all grant funds requested in 2013!

Please check out the Feed the Need to Read  wish list and purchase a book to donate today!

School librarians, teachers, and literacy specialists all need books. With implementation of a Reader’s Workshop model of teaching reading, students are looking for books that are “just right” for their reading level, and still engaging and interesting for them. It would be nearly impossible for any teacher, school or system to buy all the books necessary without outside help, especially with the onset of increasingly rigorous State-required curriculums and assessments.

Librarians, specialists and classroom teachers have been sending us lists of the books their students need to read. We’ve entered over 400 of those titles in our Amazon “wish list” so far and expect to have over 1,000 titles listed when all is said and done. The list of requested books can be found on Amazon at Feed the Need to Read or by searching for Salem Education Foundation under “Find a Wish List”. If you would rather purchase your books locally, you can print out the list and use the “Buying this gift elsewhere?” option.

Please check out the Feed the Need to Read wish list and purchase a book to donate today!

Please note that some schools have requested multiple copies of a single title, for discussion purposes, and some titles have been requested by more than one school. In order to promote equitable distribution of resources, books will be shipped to the SEF office and distributed from there to individual schools.

Books requested range from “The Kissing Hand” to “The Fault in Our Stars” to books about art, music, science, history, and anything else the students will be learning in school or out.













Close to 100 people opted to miss the first few innings of last night’s World Series game to hear insights and opinions from the city’s six School Committee candidates.  Read more at October 29, 2013









The Salem Public Schools’ past, present and future was topic of debate last night at the Salem Education Foundation’s School Committee candidate forum.  Read more at September 11, 2013













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The Salem Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for local public schools, recently delivered over 400 backpacks loaded with supplies to elementary school principals to give to children. The donation for the backpacks comes from the Fund-A-Need initiative, an auction introduced at the organization’s annual “Hats Off to Education Auction and Gala” last May. ……read more


School Turnaround Presentation

On Wednesday, Dr. Russell and Mayor Driscoll updated the public on the school department’s progress with the school turnaround initiative.  Click here to download or view their presentation.

SEF Announces $20,000 in Grants,     Published by the BOSTON GLOBE

The Salem Education Foundation has announced that it will be awarding upwards of $20,000 in grant funding to 24 public school teachers in all of the district’s public schools, plus Salem Academy Charter School, at a ceremony on Thursday. The grants are part of the SEF’s annual Teacher Grant Program, in which proposals for innovative classroom programs are selected to receive funding through a competitive blind process.The SEF received 37 proposals this year, and 65 percent of them will receive funding.    Read more

SEF launches its new bilingual newspaper on Nov 14.  From left, Salem Education Foundation Executive Director Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, Mayor Kim Driscoll, Rep. John Keenan and SEF President Janine Matho  [Heather Famico/Courtesy photo]

SEF Announces New Citywide Bilingual Newspaper

Starting in late November, Salem residents will be treated to a new, free newspaper, focused entirely on public education in Salem.   Salem Education NOW / Educación AHORA is the first citywide newspaper published in English and Spanish and the only Salem newspaper to focus exclusively on education. Click here to download the full press release / pdf. New citywide bilingual SEF Newspaper announced on Primer Momento   BOSTON GLOBE:  Salem’s first bilingual newspaper will focus on public education issues SALEM NEWS: Hot off the press: Salem Education Foundation publishes bilingual newspaper

Bentley to get $1.5 Million Grant, published in the Salem News


Salem News Article - June 22, 2012

Bentley Elementary will receive nearly $500,000 a year for the next three years to fund turnaround efforts to improve student achievement. The Memorial Drive school is one of nine in Massachusetts selected yesterday for federal redesign grants. Salem schools have focused on districtwide improvement since Bentley was declared a Level 4 “underperforming” school by state education officials last fall, based on its history of scores on the MCAS exam. Salem High School, Collins Middle School, Nathaniel Bowditch School and Carlton Elementary School were also identified as being one year away from a Level 4 designation. Continue reading the full Salem News article Click here for the Press Release from Supt. Dr. Russell

Letter: Salem Schools are Changing for the Better, published in the Salem News


Salem News Article – March 27, 2012

Something truly amazing happened at last week’s Salem School Committee meeting. Did you see it? A major step of our school turnaround happened that night — intense community engagement. A solid crowd of approximately 100 people — representing the diversity of our community — attended the meeting to learn about, contribute to and support the future of our schools. Even a few months ago, after the Level 4 designation, attendance at School Committee meetings remained low, and the number of people utilizing the public comment time was minimal. While many have stepped up to participate as stakeholders, last Monday’s meeting was unique: A vision for change was stated, public comments representing a wide range of perspectives on our schools were delivered, and together we took our first real turnaround steps as a community. Continue reading the full Salem News article Download/View our Letter to the Editor

Foundation pledges $100K for school plansby Bethany Bray, Salem News


Salem News Article – March 14, 2012

SALEM — The Salem Education Foundation has pledged to raise $100,000 for the public schools’ turnaround effort. At the same time, its leadership is speaking out against several of the key initiatives being considered. The Salem public schools are forming a districtwide improvement plan after Bentley Elementary was designated as a Level 4 “underperforming” school by state authorities in November. The foundation announced yesterday that it will raise startup funds for the turnaround process through several spring fundraisers.

SEF Letter to the Editor

The organization’s board of directors also released a letter yesterday calling for the district to focus on initiatives that will directly improve student achievement and delay several proposed — and controversial — items, including changes to the in-district school-choice program and the reorganization of the elementary schools to kindergarten through sixth grade, with all students going to one school for the seventh and eighth grades. Continue reading the full Salem News article Read our Letter to the Editor

Year End Report and Introduction to New Leadership, by Sarah Morrill

Read about SEF’s many accomplishments and meet Janine Matho and Patrick Schultz.

SEF Announces New Leadership and Commitment to Salem’s Students

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Bentley Elementary School Placed on Accelerated Turnaround Path

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