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FCF Partners in Education
Teacher Vision Grants

January, 2015

Dear Educator,

Do you have a creative idea for your classroom or whole school? Are you inspired to adopt new and innovative ways to  teach, but there are no funds to support your great idea? Then you are ready for a Foothills Community Foundation Teacher Vision Grant. Through these grants the FCF Partners in Education Committee has supported such ideas as a Shakespeare Festival, the Arizona Legacy Project “At Home in the Desert”, programmable robots for K-3 students, equipment to produce an in-house school newspaper, a walkway composed of tiles created by every child in the school and a sound system to enhance physical education programs. TVG’s have provided materials for special science projects, as well as iPads and Chromebooks for students at all grade levels to incorporate technology into their learning.

In 2015 Vision Grants will be awarded in amounts from $500 to $5000. Applications are accepted from teachers in schools within the boundaries of the Cave Creek Unified School District. FCF-Partners In Education has a special interest in projects that promise to advance learning in the arts, mathematics, technology and the environment in grades K-12. However, any innovative project that has an academic focus and measurable objectives to improve student achievement will be considered.

Applications will be judged on the extent to which they promise sustainable innovations in teaching methodology, the number of students impacted, transferability to other classes or schools and the degree to which the project is integrated with curriculum goals. Projects that incorporate matching funds, community resources, and interdisciplinary approaches will be highly regarded. Applications from grade or subject matter teaching teams are encouraged. A copy of the Grant Evaluation Criteria form used by the PIE Committee to evaluate the project is attached.

Grants may be used to purchase equipment, curriculum materials, training or hiring consultants. Purchases should be just one component of a well-planned project, integrated with other curriculum materials and activities.

Please send your completed application to Visiongrants@azfcf.org by midnight, Friday, March 6, 2015. Your application must be approved by your principal and respective curriculum supervisor and/or technology director. If you have questions please contact Penny Davis at 480-488-6453 or pzwdavis@cox.net.

Submitting the application indicates that you understand that all grant awards shall be at the discretion of the PIE Committee and that you understand and agree to the following:

  1. Teacher Vision Grant finalists will be invited to follow up their written application with an informal discussion of the project with PIE Committee members at the FCF Holland Community Center or the applicant’s school.
  2. Grant recipients are required to submit a Teacher Vision Grant Program Evaluation form (attached) to PIE by the conclusion of the school year, as well as participate in a classroom observation by several PIE Committee members.
  3. PIE shall have the right to disseminate project descriptions and evaluations. Print or digital pictures may be used to enhance project summaries. PIE may use appropriately released photos for publicity purposes.
  4. Your principal and curriculum supervisor and/or technology director have reviewed this application and are supportive of your application.

We look forward to some innovative and creative grant ideas and truly appreciate all you do for our students.

Sincerely,

Partners in Education Committee

Karen Anderson
Nicole Cantalme
Suzy Cary
Janice Castro
Penny Davis
Knoppy Hoffman
Rachael Madden
Chris Winger

Teacher Vision Grants

2013 Award Winners

Tandehl Collentine-McLean - $3,800

Foundations of Academic Mentoring (FAM) Teacher
Cactus Shadows High School

Anne Skummer - $1,500

5th and 6th Grade Teacher
Foothills Academy Elementary Prep

Angie Braude - $4,000

Science Teacher
Sonoran Trails Middle School

Cindy Puschak - $5,000

Music Teacher
Desert Sun Academy

Katherine Pulling - $5,000

Physics Teacher
Cactus Shadows High School