SEEDS of Learning engages teachers and families to give children the boost they need to enter kindergarten with the skills and enthusiasm to learn, and successfully read by third grade. It respects family culture and language, is adaptable for any classroom curriculum, and meets teachers’ classroom needs.
The Rainin Foundation is investing in the adults who interact with children every day by implementing and funding SEEDS of Learning in Oakland.
Hear from Teachers Participating in SEEDS
“Students whose teachers participated in SEEDS of Learning have experienced double digit gains in school readiness.”
SEEDS of Learning Accelerates Progress
In 2014, the Rainin Foundation launched the SEEDS of Learning professional development program. Since then more than 170 Oakland teachers have participated in the program.
During the pilot year, more than 60 pre-kindergarten and transitional teachers participated in a summer training and nine months of ongoing professional development and coaching. The results were astounding—in our SEEDS transitional kindergarten classrooms, 30% more children were on target to be successful readers compared to students with teachers who did not participate in SEEDS of Learning. Thrilled by these early results and how new approaches are showing us different paths to success, we are continuing to scale this program and support teachers of children from preschool through first grade.