A Legacy that Changed Destinies, thank you Marion Knott

A Legacy that Changed Destinies, thank you Marion Knott

Earlier this week we learned about Marion Knott’s passing as the age of 92. Marion, youngest daughter of Walter and Cordelia Knott, the founders of Knott’s Berry Farm, was one of THINK Together’s greatest supporters. During the years of 2003 – 2005 THINK Together was experiencing challenges.  The organization at

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How is THINK Together responding to Common Core?

How is THINK Together responding to Common Core?

There are many shifts from previous state standards to the current Common Core State Standards. How has THINK Together responded to all of these big shifts? 1. THINK Together has aligned expanded learning and early literacy & math curriculum with the Common Core. 2. THINK Together has initiated a Common

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Student & Parent Guide for Common Core Mathematics Learning

Student & Parent Guide for Common Core Mathematics Learning

1. Build skills across grade levels Students need to keep building on learning year after year. Parents need to be aware of what their child struggled with last year and how that will affect ongoing learning. Advocate for your child. For example, parents can talk to the teacher if there are

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Lights On! Afterschool at Herbert Hoover Middle: Warrior Dash

Lights On! Afterschool at Herbert Hoover Middle: Warrior Dash

Recently, Hoover Hawks and Trace Tigers paired up as “Battle Buddies” to complete a Lights On! Afterschool “Warrior Dash.” Their objective? Students asked their community to sponsor them to complete the Warrior Dash taking place at Hoover Middle School. Upon completion of the Warrior Dash, sponsors would then donate their

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Major Shifts in Common Core Mathematics Learning

Major Shifts in Common Core Mathematics Learning

The following are the key shifts called for by the Common Core in Mathematics learning: (1) Focus: The Common Core calls for greater focus in mathematics. Rather than racing to cover many topics in a mile-wide curriculum, the standards ask math teachers to significantly narrow and deepen the way time

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A Common Core ELA/Literacy Learning Guide for Students and Parents

A Common Core ELA/Literacy Learning Guide for Students and Parents

1. Read as much fiction as non-fiction Students need to read more non-fiction, understand how non-fiction is written and put together. Enjoy and discuss the details of non-fiction. Parents can supply more non-fiction texts, read a combination of fiction and non-fiction aloud or with your child. Have fun with non-fiction

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Still a little unclear about common core state standards?

Still a little unclear about common core state standards?

We hope this short 2 min. video, below, and accompanying blog will shed some light on Common Core State Standards. Read the blog post here: http://www.thinktogether.org/commoncore/ SHARE

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Keeping music education alive after school

Keeping music education alive after school

Music education is alive after school at Hosler Middle School in the Lynwood Unified School District thanks to volunteer Edgar Aniguao, a music education major at El Camino College. Edgar volunteers with THINK Together at Hosler Middle every week to teach students in the band club how to play instruments.  

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6 key shifts in Common Core’s approach to ELA and Literacy

6 key shifts in Common Core’s approach to ELA and Literacy

The following six points are key shifts called for by the Common Core in ELA/Literacy learning: (1) Increase Reading of Informational Text: Informational texts play an important part in building students’ content knowledge. In elementary, at least 50% of what students read is informational; in middle school, it is 55%,

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What You Need to Know about Common Core

What You Need to Know about Common Core

What are Common Core State Standards? Common Core State Standards are a set of clear college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. They establish consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do at every grade level. Today,

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Time Well Spent

Time Well Spent

Research shows that school districts that invest in expanded learning time* are already ahead when it comes to maximizing student outcomes and meeting district goals.  Those extra hours make an enormous difference, especially for students who need extra help but aren’t able to get it during the school day or

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Read with us at Pretend City!

Read with us at Pretend City!

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Education Report from THINK Together Bay Area

Education Report from THINK Together Bay Area

Mario Vargas, THINK Together Executive Director for the Bay Area attended an Informational Briefing with the California Legislative Black Caucus and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which addressed the following question. How does “Math Misplacement” impact students of color and what is its effect on the achievement gap? California students

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Community Engagement and Local Giving in the Bay Area

Community Engagement and Local Giving in the Bay Area

THINK Together Bay Area Senior Leadership attended Technology for Social Good 2014 hosted by LinkedIn. The goal of this event is to inspire local companies, nonprofits, foundations, and individuals to think about how they can engage locally, and to expand the definition of what it means to “give back,” whether

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THINK Together Parents Night Cooking Class and Nutrition Education with Chef Lee Burton

THINK Together Parents Night Cooking Class and Nutrition Education with Chef Lee Burton

Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, and Nurturing not only kids, but parents too. THINK Together at Good Hope Elementary and Palms Elementary, in the City of Perris, along with Chef Lee Burton recently partnered to host a Parents Cooking Class with an emphasis on nutrition. “Students are now teaching their parents about the

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The Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s annual Education Summit

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s annual Education Summit

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s annual Education Summit brought together industry executives, education leaders, policy makers, and elected officials to learn from leaders in the field to actively engage in conversations about regional initiatives, programs, and policies that help shape the Pre-K through higher education systems in Silicon Valley.  

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Young Women of Vision Gearing up Shalimar Students for Back to School Success

Young Women of Vision Gearing up Shalimar Students for Back to School Success

On Monday afternoon a group of Young Women of Vision girls and moms got together at the THINK Together Shalimar Learning Center to distribute backpacks to 120 excited students! The Young Women of Vision girls enjoy helping out at Shalimar, they all had a great time talking to the kids

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What’s going on after school?

What’s going on after school?

It’s back to school time and THINK Together staff has been busy with staff trainings and for some the first days of school. Those already in session are having a fun time introducing and welcoming students to the expanded learning program. Not only do students benefit from additional academic support

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Summer Learning Fun at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden

Summer Learning Fun at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden

Over 600 elementary students from the Mountain View School district attended the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden for one of their summer learning field trips with THINK Together. Having fun and learning about animals while viewing them provides students with a real opportunity to discover their passions and reach their

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OC Fair ‘We Care Wednesday’ Book Drive benefits Children Throughout County

OC Fair ‘We Care Wednesday’ Book Drive benefits Children Throughout County

Every year THINK Together raises over 100,000 books to be distributed into the community through our Early Literacy and Math program in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. Partnering with the OC Fair this year we were able to collect over 55,000 children’s books in a single

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Baba the Storyteller visits THINK Together at Fremont Elementary

Baba the Storyteller visits THINK Together at Fremont Elementary

After winning funds for being a top fundraiser from THINK Together’s Friends & Family Campaign Site Coordinator Jennifer Duarte arranged for Baba the Storyteller to perform for summer program students at Fremont Elementary in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Baba’s performance challenges student’s imaginations while infusing cultural and historical

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Leona Aronoff-Sadacca a Woman of Distinction

Leona Aronoff-Sadacca a Woman of Distinction

Leona Aronoff-Sadacca, THINK Together board member, puts the I in THINK, Inspiring! Check out Leona’s section in Inland Empire Magazine‘s June issue highlighting ‘Women of Distinction’ by clicking, here.  SHARE

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Congratulations to THINK Together’s Top Friends and Family Campaign Fundraisers!

Congratulations to THINK Together’s Top Friends and Family Campaign Fundraisers!

Congratulations to the following Friends & Family campaign top individual fundraisers who received a special recognition dinner with THINK Together CEO & Founder Randy Barth at AnQi’s private chef’s table.  Tia Dwyer • Daryl Eaton • Jim Eddy • Adriana Kingston • Ericka Rios-Strietz                               

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Middle School Archaeology Adventures

Middle School Archaeology Adventures

Sunnymead Middle School Students at Sunnymead Middle school had the opportunity to take a field trip to visit the Center for Near Eastern Archeology at La Sierra University. They were able to discover ways in which archeologists learn about the past. Through an examination of the site labs students saw

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OC Fair “We Care Wednesday” Book Drive – Free Admission -

OC Fair “We Care Wednesday” Book Drive – Free Admission -

  Start your summer at the OC Fair by sharing your love of literacy! Receive your free admission to the OC Fair and one carnival ride ticket on Wednesday July 23rd from 12:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. by donating 1 new or 3 gently-used children’s books for ages 0-5.  Every year we

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This program gives me peace of mind, a letter from a parent

This program gives me peace of mind, a letter from a parent

To whom it may concern: As another school year draws to a conclusion, I would like to take a moment to recognize an outstanding after school program called THINK Together. My daughter has attended Miramonte Elementary since kindergarten, and in more recent years my niece has also attended. Being a

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Dear Graduating Class of 2014,

Dear Graduating Class of 2014,

Congratulations on your journey thus far as you move from high school onto new opportunities.  For many of you, continuing your education will be the next task at hand and we know that with the skills you have gained and the support we have offered as an organization, you will

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Meet Jacob Chavez, THINK Together Promise of Greatness Scholarship recipient and Shalimar Teen Center graduate

Meet Jacob Chavez, THINK Together Promise of Greatness Scholarship recipient and Shalimar Teen Center graduate

I had no real motivation to start the THINK Together program because I started back when I was back in 1st grade. I just started because my mother signed me up really. The reason why I continued to come for 12 years straight is because it became my home away

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You shop. Amazon gives.

You shop. Amazon gives.

Support THINK Together when you shop online at Amazon Smile. Haven’t heard of AmazonSmile? It’s an easy and automatic way for Amazon customers to support their favorite nonprofit and it’s simple to get started. Sign in on AmazonSmile’s site: http://smile.amazon.com/ select THINK Together as your charity of choice and shop away. That’s it! AmazonSmile will

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THINK Together Health and Wellness Fair at Lynwood Middle School

THINK Together Health and Wellness Fair at Lynwood Middle School

The entire soccer field at Lynwood Middle was filled after school with health and wellness activities and resources for students to enjoy. THINK Together staff along with Lynwood middle school students hosted the fair for neighboring THINK Together elementary students and to celebrate the close of another successful academic school

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THINK Together students in the Los Nietos School District perform ‘The Lion King’ with a roaring applause

THINK Together students in the Los Nietos School District perform ‘The Lion King’ with a roaring applause

THINK Together at Rancho Santa Gertrudes in the Los Nietos School District hosted a “Lion King” play to celebrate the end of another successful academic year. Community volunteers, school teachers, and THINK Together staff gathered together to support 84 THINK Together elementary students get their costumes, faces painted, and cue

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Local Teen honored with Girl Scout’s Gold Award for Healthy Living project supporting THINK Together

Local Teen honored with Girl Scout’s Gold Award for Healthy Living project supporting THINK Together

Makenzie Dudley, local high school student, says she chose to volunteer with THINK Together because she’s passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and wanted to share with kids the tools they need to also lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Over the summer Makenzie volunteered at the Shalimar Learning Center

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Collaborating to bring all kids the opportunity to be healthy

Collaborating to bring all kids the opportunity to be healthy

THINK Together celebrated its wellness programs in the Los Angeles Region this week by joining together with support staff and partners to share and showcase the inspiring work going on at 24 afterschool sites in the Baldwin Park Unified School District, Azusa Unified School District and Mountain View School District. The celebration began

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Dear THINK Together Seniors,

Dear THINK Together Seniors,

  As you step into this new chapter of your life, we would like to leave you with a few words of wisdom. Be yourself, set goals, and take risks. We hope that you can take these three principles and change your life and your world to be what you

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THINK Together Science Fair in Lake Elsinore Unified School District fusing afterschool and the school day through science

THINK Together Science Fair in Lake Elsinore Unified School District fusing afterschool and the school day through science

THINK Together students in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District challenged their curiosity during the entire month of April to create science experiments for the third annual May Science Fair. This type of project is a great opportunity for students to collaborate and apply what they have learned during the school day after

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3rd annual Little Lake City School District basketball tournament turns out to be best one yet

3rd annual Little Lake City School District basketball tournament turns out to be best one yet

Students, staff, and families from Cresson, Paddison, and Lakeland Elementary recently gathered together for the 3rd annual Little Lake City School District basketball tournament. Students enrolled in THINK have been practicing their basketball skills and learning the importance of sportsmanship for weeks in preparation for this event.  THINK Together cheerleaders

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Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, and Nurturing Kids to be healthy, together!

Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, and Nurturing Kids to be healthy, together!

THINK Together at Aeolian Elementary hosted a Family Cooking Night in support of the Healthy Los Nietos Initiative. The initiative, a collaboration between Los Nietos School District and PIH Health, was established after reviewing current public health data which according to, Los Angeles County Public Health, ranked local youth obesity

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Celebrating education and community in Whittier

Celebrating education and community in Whittier

Carmela Elementary in the South Whittier School District hosted the third annual Whittier Area Resource Fair in partnership with THINK Together. The fair provided community and wellness resources to locals and highlighted the great work going on in the South Whittier School District. This year’s events included a Science Fair,

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THINK Together at David A. Brown Middle School recognized for winning LA84 basketball tournaments

THINK Together at David A. Brown Middle School recognized for winning LA84 basketball tournaments

THINK Together’s LA84 basketball team at David A. Brown Middle School in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District was recognized by Wildomar City Council for being this year’s tournament winners. Way to go Brown Middle!   SHARE

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Actress Danielle Fishel visits THINK Together at McFadden Intermediate

Actress Danielle Fishel visits THINK Together at McFadden Intermediate

Boy Meets World actress Danielle Fishel, visited 6th- 8th grade THINK Together students at McFadden Intermediate School in the Santa Ana Unified School District to speak about the importance of getting an education after high school and how earning a college degree has made a positive impact in her life. Danielle

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Whittier Area Resource Fair

Whittier Area Resource Fair

Join us Saturday, April 12 from 9am-12pm at Carmela Elementary, 13300 Lakeland Rd, Whittier, CA 90605 for the third annual Whittier Area Resource Fair that THINK Together and South Whittier School District host to bring resources and wellness to the community and highlights the South Whittier School District. This year’s events

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LA84 Foundation and THINK Together bringing organized afterschool sports programs to Riverside County

LA84 Foundation and THINK Together bringing organized afterschool sports programs to Riverside County

The LA84 Foundation grant has been an integral part of THINK Together’s Middle School program in Los Angeles for a few years now. Recently, the foundation also awarded THINK Together’s Riverside County a grant that also provided them with the resources needed to run organized afterschool sports programs in Jurupa Unified, Lake

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- A Giving Heart – Food, Wine and Beer Event benefiting THINK Together

- A Giving Heart – Food, Wine and Beer Event benefiting THINK Together

Join THINK Together and 22 local purveyors of food, wine, pastries and beer at this celebration benefiting 7,500 students in THINK Together programs the Redlands, Colton Joint and Rialto unified school districts. Enjoy the flavors of Europe and the United States while having fun with friends. Date: Thursday, April 10 Time: 6:00

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MMA Star Tito Ortiz talks about bully prevention with local youth

MMA Star Tito Ortiz talks about bully prevention with local youth

Jacob “Tito” Ortiz visited THINK Together at May Ranch Elementary in Perris to talk about bullying with students. As Tito stepped onto stage, taller than a skyscraper, he began his speech by talking about his childhood in Huntington Beach. Who would have thought a former Light-Heavyweight UFC Champion was bullied

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Local afterschool programs march against bullying

Local afterschool programs march against bullying

Kaiser Permanente Southern California, THINK Together, and Little Lake City School District collaborated for their first after school “March Against Bullying”. The march was highly anticipated by students as it culminated a three-week long curriculum on bullying. More than 150 kids from Cresson, Jersey, and Paddison Elementary proudly celebrated their diversity and pledges

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Fusing performing arts with math, science and technology after school

Fusing performing arts with math, science and technology after school

THINK Together at Lake Marie Elementary in the South Whittier School District recently hosted a movie premiere, red carpet and all. Families, school partners and THINK Together staff were present to view two films created by THINK Together film club students and to celebrate this artistic accomplishment as a community.

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Collaborating Internally and Externally for Community Wellness

Collaborating Internally and Externally for Community Wellness

THINK Together’s Wellness Committee held a retreat in February hosted by Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center to discuss the future with a focus on sustainability and growth in the area of holistic community wellness starting in our schools. The committee provides resources and leadership in the area of health

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Learning is the work

On Feb. 19 THINK Together in the Bay Area hosted their mid-year training at Horace Mann Elementary School in the San Jose Unified School District.  One hundred site supervisors and program leaders from THINK Together programs throughout the Bay Area received training on how to best implement curriculum such as

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Jesse Rangel a THINK Together program leader and U.S. Marine

Jesse Rangel a THINK Together program leader and U.S. Marine

Inspiring, energetic, dependable and positive are words to describe program leader Jesse Rangel. Not only is he a positive role model to students at Aeolian Elementary in the Los Nietos School District but he is also a United States Marine. Jesse will be deployed to Kuwait on Mar. 8, for

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Fighting Childhood Obesity in Baldwin Park

Fighting Childhood Obesity in Baldwin Park

On Feb. 27 Univision Reporter, Norma Roque, visited Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park and THINK Together’s program at Tracy Elementary in the Baldwin Park Unified School District to talk to Baldwin Park residents about how they are staying healthy and fighting childhood obesity.

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