LEAD, acronym for Leadership: Education and Development, is a professional development program designed to foster, cultivate, and build school leadership in Bradley County and Cleveland City Schools. In collaboration with the Directors of Schools, BCPEF will oversee and host this year-long professional development program designed for emerging school leaders to develop skills and knowledge in…

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The Lillie F. Fitzgerald Excellence in Teaching Award was granted to Rodney Broadnax and Stacey Wielfaert at the Cleveland City and Bradley County Schools’ opening sessions.   This Fitzgerald Award is the highest honor at the local level to recognize and encourage teaching excellence in the classroom. In 2005, in honor of Lillie Frank Fitzgerald, her…

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Nothing moves us like art. Amy Sherald, Frida Kahlo, and Yayori Kusama inspire us to renew our commitment to art as an essential part of education. With a renewed focus on social and emotional health, educators are seeing an academic shift where the arts are again welcomed in the classroom – empowering students to embrace…

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Congratulations, Candice, on receiving the 2021-22 Friends Innovation Award from BCPEF. Q: How will the ThinkSpace provide innovative instruction at Walker Valley High School? A: We know that in order for students to learn, they need to create, and in this ever-changing technological world, students deserve opportunities to create solutions to real problems. In order…

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Annually, BCPEF hosts the Vision 100 reception to encourage major giving to our local public education systems. On October 28th, over 200 guests were welcomed to Creekridge, local property of the Allan Jones family, to celebrate the importance and impact of local public education. The evening was hosted by the Foundation’s Executive Committee including Business/Corporate…

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In honor of Mrs. Fitzgerald, her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Rodney and Margo Fitzgerald, have established the annual “Lillie F. Fitzgerald Excellence in Teaching Award.” Lillie Frank Fitzgerald taught English and speech at Bradley County High School for 37 years. She was passionate about teaching, instilling into each student a love of learning and a…

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BCPEF, much like everyone, has navigated a challenging year, yet our grant process remains consistent.  Have you ever wondered how Bradley County and Cleveland City Schools receive funding from BCPEF?  There are two categories of grants  BCPEF manages: Major Grants and Teacher Grants.  Major Grants support major initiatives that address school wide or system goals…

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In 2016 EDGE Billboards, BCPEF and art teachers collaborated to publicly display the artistry and talent of local public school students.  As a result, the artists themselves, proud parents, teachers and the general public have been treated to billboards decorated  with images of the season or other artistic themes.  ArtSmart, the creative initiative of Key…

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Did you notice the rolling numbers as you opened our website? Did you realize that since 2004, BCPEF has raised 4.6 million dollars from private donors investing in innovative and strategically targeted programs and projects in the 2 local public school systems?  Why does BCPEF provide financial support for the Bradley County and Cleveland City…

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