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Redwood City Education Foundation champions educational equity through upcoming summit

Equity Summit unites community leaders and education experts to discuss unmet needs and foster collaboration in Redwood City schools facing social and economic challenges
RCEF Equity Summit: Evolving to Meet the Needs of Our Students on April 25, 9:00 – 11:00 am

The Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) is set to host an Equity Summit as part of its ongoing mission to address educational inequity within the community.

The nonprofit, focused on raising money for the Redwood City School District, supports schools facing significant unmet needs due to social and economic disparities. As RCEF celebrates its 40th anniversary, it remains dedicated to providing quality education for all students and bridging the gap between state-provided resources and the necessities required by local educators.

The RCEF Equity Summit, "Evolving to Meet the Needs of Our Students," will take place on April 25, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the CZI Community Space.

Shannon Petrello, President of the Board of Directors for RCEF, expressed concern over the disparity in resources available to public schools in California.

The event will bring together government and school officials, local partners, and community members for a panel discussion on the role of educational equity in building strong local communities. The summit will feature a panel of experts discussing the importance of using an equity lens when considering how to support local schools.

Moderated by Sara Alexander, executive director of RCEF, the panel will delve into the social and economic realities of living in the Bay Area and their impact on schools. Panelists include Briana Evans, equity and inclusion officer for the City of Redwood City; Dr. Amy Gerstein, executive director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities; Pati Ortiz, former director of Community Schools and Partnership for Redwood City School District; and Principal Lupe Guzman of Hoover Community School.

Interested attendees can register for the RCEF Equity Summit here.

Event Details:

  • What: RCEF Equity Summit: Evolving to Meet the Needs of Our Students
  • When: April 25, 2023, 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Where: CZI Community Space, 801 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City

RCEF was founded by concerned parents and community members in response to drastic cuts in school funding resulting from California's Proposition 13.

RCEF specifically supports schools with the greatest unmet needs, such as Garfield, Hoover, and Taft Community Schools.

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