Helping students learn

ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITY FUND

Our Academic Opportunity Fund provides resources to educators and schools through grants that enable all students to fully engage in learning. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and prioritize schools and programs with the highest financial need.

Providing opportunities for BVSD students, from tutoring to software to transportation expenses, reduces the economic barriers to academic success.

Funding requests include

  • School tutoring before and after school
  • Academic tutoring, test prep, or other supplemental support
  • Class fees (lab materials, textbooks, test or equipment fees)
  • Technology (software licenses, supplemental equipment)
  • Supplies for individual students
  • Transportation expenses (bus passes, bike repair)
  • Music instrument rental and repair
  • Educator curriculum or materials for classroom use

Applications

The last round of the Academic Opportunity Fund has closed for the 2022-23 school year.

2022-23 Survey

Awardees can submit their grant results here.


MENTAL HEALTH

Impact on Education makes investments to support the ongoing mental health needs of students and staff throughout the Boulder Valley School District.

Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a pediatric mental health state of emergency in May of 2021, citing skyrocketing demand for mental health services among Colorado’s youth.

In addition to the well-documented impact of the pandemic on mental health, our community also experienced a mass shooting and Colorado’s most destructive wildfire in 2021. BVSD is committed to providing mental health support for students from kindergarten through graduation.


LITERACY FUND

In 2019, BVSD was working to roll out a new phonics-based curriculum in elementary schools and begin screening Kindergarten students to identify those at risk for dyslexia, but they lacked the funds to quickly train all educators.

Impact on Education, in partnership with Boulder Valley Kids Identified with Dyslexia (BVKID), stepped in to fund professional development and training for 46 BVSD interventionists and classroom educators.

The training took place in the summer of 2020 and meant that during the 2020-21 school year, every school in BVSD had at least one interventionist who was trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to better support students. In 2021, IOE also supplemented BVSD’s educator training, but we are pleased to share that over the summer of 2022, BVSD made their biggest investment to date for this critical training opportunity by funding 85 elementary educators to participate in the training.

SUPPORT EQUITY IN BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOLS

A donation to Impact on Education allows us to invest in the 30,000 students and 4,000 educators of the Boulder Valley School District.

RECENT STORIES

Community conversation brings youth mental health to the forefront

Young people today are experiencing a mental health crisis unlike anything we’ve seen before. Nearly one in five youth in Colorado reported poor mental health in 2021 — double the rate seen in 2017. Social media, the pandemic, and climate change were just some of the external pressures students and parents cited during a panel discussion that gathered more than 300 people at Manhattan Middle School on April 12, 2023.

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How educator grants made a difference this year

Throughout the 2022-23 school year our Academic Opportunity Fund awarded over $230,000, providing opportunities for creativity and innovation and helping to bridge the funding gap for 166 educators and schools.

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Why we need to talk about mental health

Mental health has a significant impact on a student’s academic performance, social interactions, and overall well-being, and unfortunately mental health challenges have skyrocketed among children and teenagers. We’re working to raise both the awareness and funds needed to bolster youth mental health supports in our community.

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Funding mental health and student well-being

We are committed to providing an elevated level of mental health support for all students, especially those affected by the Marshall Fire. From Wellness Centers to Mental Health Advocates, we’re working toward three goals that would allow us to serve 11,698 students at 12 schools across BVSD.

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