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Chalkdust Education Foundation (CEF): A Brief History

General Information

Chalkdust Education Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 2004. It offers direct services through the development and promotion of model programs for K-12 educators, parents, and students to assist them in facilitating the growth and development of children.   It also collaborates with other organizations to sponsor strategic initiatives of mutual interest and benefit to the Northeast Ohio community. CEF saw the need to provide services to families through programs offered directly to schools.

Donations enable us to offer designated programs at no cost to those whose resources would not permit them to participate otherwise. Help us continue to fulfill our mission to serve educators, parents and students.  Chalkdust Education Foundation is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.

Parents desiring to optimize family engagement;K-12 educators committed to enhanced teaching and learning; and students exploring pathways to innovation.

Parent Programming

Blending Leadership Advocacy Culture & Knowledge (BLACK) Lemonade for All (BLFA) is an asset-based program designed to address issues surrounding the parenting of children in multicultural school and community environments.

Focus areas: 

  • Communication between parents and their children, parents and teachers, counselors, administrators
  • Effective cross-cultural communication
  • Introspection and self-assessment
  • Quality time (Self-care, family, school, community)
  • Goal setting (Individual, family, school, community)

BLFA: (BLFA is a legacy program of CEF.  Visit:

Blueberry Lemonade: (A custom-design program right-sized for each organization)

IWC: (Our Signature Program)

Blueberry Lemonade Project for Teachers (BLPT)

The Blueberry Lemonade Project for Teachers (BLPT) is an interactive introspective experience designed to reaffirm, reconnect and celebrate teachers’ commitment to the profession. Designed by a practicing teacher in collaboration with an administrator and a professor, BLPT enables teachers to reflect and assess themselves individually and collectively to better serve students and their families. BLPT helps teachers to squeeze success out of their learners’ circumstances by adopting personal and professional routines; improving communications between them and their students; building upon the strength of students’ heritage; establishing classroom environments conducive to positive interaction; and increasing student performance in school. The primary goal of the BLPT is to empower teachers and champion children in ways that create and maintain sensational classrooms. This work is particularly focused on cultural competence.

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