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The TOSCA-Prien Innovative Education Fund (TOSCA-PIE) is dedicated to enriching education in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District. The Education Fund seeks to form a bond between community and those who are creatively carrying out the education of our children. To date, $402,463 in grant awards has been distributed to our local schools.


Mission Statement

The TOSCA-PIE award program, in partnership with the Newman-Crows Landing School District, is committed to promote education in the classroom. TOSCA-PIE requests teachers to submit proposals for classroom activities that will improve academic performance and are highly creative. Focus more on innovation and not just requests for standard technological equipment.


Who Should Apply For a Grant?

  • Teachers

  • Principals

  • District Programs

Grant Award for 2020-2021

Read and Write Toolbar for Google Chrome:
$15,904 for a three year software license for all grades and all students K-12 and all school sites within the NCLUSD

Read and Write will provide students with an easy-to-use toolbar that makes documents, files and web pages more accessible. It is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs support with reading and writing. Its literacy features help English Language Learners, as well as people with learning difficulties or requiring dyslexia tools.


Some of the supports include:

  • Improve reading comprehension by hearing web pages and documents read aloud with a choice of natural voices.

  • Help students understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries.

  • Develop writing skills and confidence with word prediction and a grammar, spelling and confusable words checker.

  • Support homework and independent research with study skills tools.

  • Accessibility features like screen masking give extra support to students with dyslexia and other literacy challenges.


More Information...

For additional informaton on the TOSCA-Prien Innovative Education Fund (TOSCA-PIE), please contact Bob McConnell at (209) 988-4469.

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