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Posted: February 22, 2019

Among the Best

In her weekly message, Supt. Reedy writes about inventive teaching and grants that fund it.

If you want to help students reach their full potential, you have to be innovative. Long gone are the days of dittos, drills and regurgitated facts. Today’s students – our students – demand and deserve more.

Inventive education is alive and well in classrooms and schools across APS. Our teachers and staff are coming up with new and exciting ways to keep students engaged and excited about learning.

One of the challenges of inspired teaching is the price tag that sometimes comes along with it in the form of supplies, outreach, technology or other resources.

Enter, the APS Education Foundation.

In the past few years, the Foundation, thanks to its many donors, has pumped a million dollars into classrooms and schools in the form of hundreds of grants. Maybe you know someone or work at a school that received one of these grants. Maybe you yourself are a recipient. If so, congratulations. These grants reflect hard work and a commitment to improving instruction and outcomes for the students of Albuquerque Public Schools.

For the second consecutive year, the Foundation is showcasing three exceptional grant recipients at its annual Gold Bar Gala, and you have a say in crowning one of them as Best in Class. 

The three Best in Class nominees are:

  • Collet Park Elementary School for its 4-H School Wide Club that introduces experiential learning to students and staff.
  • Kennedy Middle School for successfully implementing a student incentive program to improve classroom behavior, attendance, and academic outcomes.
  • Eldorado High School for Chaco Canyon Project Based Learning in which students successfully created a student activity center featuring a visitor app for the national park.   

Learn more about the three finalists.

From March 1-21, you can vote online for your favorite program. The winner will be announced at the Gold Bar Gala on March 22 at the Sandia Resort. First place gets $15,000 to grow their program, $10,000 goes to second place and $5,000 goes to third.

Congratulations to the Best in Class nominees and to all Foundation grant award winners, and thanks to those of you who took the time over the years to submit a grant application. I encourage you to learn more about these great opportunities

Keep thinking creatively, keep teaching innovatively, keep supporting each other. You are the best. 

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