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Do not forget that all classroom and school-wide grant applications are due this Thursday, Sept 15th at 5pm. Click here to get started! If you need help completing your grant application, please contact Grants Program Manager Kati Burns at or 941-927-0965.

Education Foundation of Sarasota County hires Camille Cline to serve as vice president of strategic philanthropy

Sarasota, Florida – August 10, 2016 – The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is excited to announce that Camille Cline joined its office as vice president of strategic philanthropy on July 1.

“Philanthropy is at the heart of what we’re trying to do here,” said Education Foundation of Sarasota County Executive Director Jennifer Vigne.  “Camille’s background as a book editor in New York and as an advancement officer in higher ed, blended with her volunteer spirit and parent’s eye toward education, make her approach the perfect complement to our mission, guiding values, and goals toward partnerships and investment.  I am thrilled that Camille has joined us here at the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and I am sure her work will have a positive effect on all our students, teachers, and the community.”

Cline comes to the Education Foundation from the University of Virginia’s Office of Engagement and Annual Giving, where she served as senior associate director of alumni and parent engagement beginning in October 2006. While at the university, she served as her office’s liaison with the admissions office and led the annual global alumni community service initiative.  

“It’s a dream to blend my background working with students, parents, teachers, community and business partners, and leaders to grow our area’s commitment to education and promote lifelong learning opportunities,” Cline said.

Prior to her work at the University of Virginia, Cline worked in the publishing industry. She founded The Literary Spa, a media consulting firm. She also served as editor-in-chief at LifeCast, a web communications company in Dallas, and as senior acquisitions editor of nonfiction and fiction books at New York and Texas publishing houses. 

Cline serves on the board of directors for the Friends of the Venice Public Library and the Pine View Association. In 2007, she moved to Venice, Fla., to be closer to extended family. Her daughter and son attend a Sarasota County School District school.

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is an independent, philanthropic organization that exponentially enhances the educational experiences available to the children of Sarasota County. The Education Foundation works to match donors’ passions with high-impact projects and initiatives that help every child rise to his or her full potential. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County and its philanthropic investors are champions for students, teachers, and schools.

Camille Cline

Education Foundation and Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Introduce Anti-Bullying Initiative in Sarasota County Schools

By: Jacob Ogles, SRQ Magazine

"Students cannot succeed to the best of their potential if they are subject to difficult and confrontational situations, particularly as it relates to online and in-person bullying, racism and anti-Semitism." - Howard Tevlowitz, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

An effort to make middle schools safer in Sarasota County could soon change the disciplinary environment for eight schools. Following an investment by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and facilitation of the program by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, the Restorative Strategies initiative will expand from a pilot program at Booker Middle School to start serving multiple campuses, and won’t be stopping there. “We have designed this program to be large-scale,” says Jennifer Vigne, executive director of the Education Foundation. “We will continue to expand this.”  

The program is designed to promote positive behavior through problem-solving, conflict resolution and the careful establishment of expectations. Rex Ingerick, a program specialist with the Sarasota County School District, says the effort stems from successful efforts in Minnesota. The proactive approach increases dialogue between students and administrators through community-building circles. “There are no wrong or right answers in these circles,” he says. School officials will bring the circles into lessons, and conversations will be followed with problem-solving discussions where students themselves are encouraged to come up with solutions for behavior problems in school. 

The effort will also facilitate dialogue when students have problems such as bullying. Ingerick notes that in a social media-connected society, physically separating students at school often doesn’t erase the contact or conflict. “Rather than an arbitrary suspension from school, which for some kids isn’t a penalty and just allows a problem to fester, this seeks to solve the problem that caused the incident to occur,” he says.

The initiative will be employed at Booker Middle, Brookside Middle, Sarasota Middle, McIntosh Middle, Laurel Nokomis, Venice Middle, Heron Creek Middle and Woodland Middle schools.

Howard Tevlowitz, executive director of The Jewish Federation, says the effort will boost the quality of education for all enrolled in the schools. His organization will invest $15,000 to cover the expansion. That money covers the expansion at seven of the schools, while a federal grant will continue to fund the effort at Booker Middle. “Students cannot succeed to the best of their potential if they are subject to difficult and confrontational situations, particularly as it relates to online and in-person bullying, racism and anti-Semitism,” Tevlowitz says. “We believe this investment will help mitigate that problem.”

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Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Search

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The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is working with the Sarasota County School District and the Florida School Boards Association to conduct a national search for a successor to Superintendent Lori White, who is retiring in February 2017. It is essential that applicants for the position understand the values and expectations of the Sarasota County community regarding their public schools. That information also will be an important consideration for the screening committee and the School Board as they determine which candidate is the most qualified and best suited to lead our highly successful district to even greater achievement in the coming years.

One of the first steps will be to gather information from community members what they believe to be the strengths of the school district, what challenges it faces and what characteristics are the most important for a superintendent to exhibit. Opportunities for community input will be offered at four Superintendent Search Community Forums to be hosted by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County between April 26 and May 26 (see dates and locations below). Another opportunity for community input is through an online survey which can be completed by clicking here.

Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Search update page:

Who will lead Sarasota County’s 42,000 students?

Thank you to the community members, school staff, parents, and students who participated in the first Superintendent Search Community Forum at North Port High School. Please join us at the additional forums below:

Superintendent Search Community Forums:

Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 7:00-9:00PM

Booker High School - Cafeteria
3201 N. Orange Ave
Sarasota, FL 34234

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 7:00-9:00PM

Venice High School - Cafeteria
1 Indian Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Grand Opening - Digital Learning Lab @ Tuttle Elementary School

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Join us on March 10th and check out the new technology resources available to Tuttle Elementary School students and families.

Tuttle Elementary School
2863 8th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237


Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation for funding the launch of this Education Foundation Digital Learning Lab!

Talent4Tomorrow FAFSA Workshops for Sarasota County Students

Talent4Tomorrow Partnership

We know hard it can be to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on your own. Don't struggle alone! There are many volunteers ready to help you. Don't miss the chance to get FREE money for college (technical school, 2 year or 4 year college or university). Last year, over 2 million dollars for college was left unclaimed... Visit one of the workshops below to get help completing your FAFSA application and get money for college now! Click here to learn what to bring with you to the workshops.

District Workshops
Thursday, February 11th at North Port High School, 2-8pm

Sunday, February 21st at Sarasota High School 1-4pm

Booker High School seniors only: after school, every-other Friday, starting 1/29

Community Workshops 
Adults going back to school are welcome to attend the following events to get help completing the FAFSA

February 27th at University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, 9:30am-12pm Sponsored by Sarasota Y

 January 26th to April 16th at the following United Way free tax prep sites:

                Tuesdays, 2-6pm, United Way Downtown VITA (1800 2nd St.,Ste 102, Sarasota)

                Saturdays 10-2pm, Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club (3100 Fruitville, Sarasota)

                Saturdays, 10-2pm, North Port Family Service Center (1st Floor, 6919 Outreach Way, North Port)

Questions? Call 211 for more information!

Check out more of the winning (and hilarious!) Sarasota Film Festival FAFSA Public Service Announcements by clicking here

Science Fair Expo Showcases Next Generation of Young Scientists

For the first time ever, students’ winning projects from grades 3-12 were on display for public viewing on the evening of January 27 at Robart’s Arena for the Sarasota Regional Science, Engineering & Technology Fair Expo. The Expo included demonstrations by students and the Suncoast Science Center and featured displays from local organizations.

Top scoring student projects have the opportunity to compete at the state and international levels. The top two high school student projects will be sent to the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona this May.

Click here for a complete list of winning projects.