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Posted: February 20, 2014

Just a Few Weeks Left to Submit Horizon Awards Application

The deadline is Friday, March 7 for the awards that provide $1,500 to $5,000 for projects that support fine arts, literacy, middle and high school activities and STEM.

Apply Now (Horizon grant button)

Teachers, do you need money for an innovative project that will improve student achievement in your classroom?

School teams, are you looking to fund an idea that will infuse excitement and energy into multiple classrooms, enabling teachers to collaborate around ideas supporting Common Core and other standards?

The APS Education Foundation has the answer for you! The seventh cycle of the Horizon Awards is taking online submissions through Friday, March 7.

Think about how $1,500 to $5,000 would make a difference in your classroom or school. The APSEF staff is available for questions and to help refine that great idea you’ve always wanted to implement. For questions, contact Phill Casaus at 878-6165 or or Lauren Joule at 855-5274 or

Not sure whether to apply? Just listen to what these past recipients had to say about the Horizon Awards:

"I received a Horizon Grant two years ago for robotics materials to be shared between two Albuquerque inner city gifted programs.  I believe we have changed the lives of our students with this experience.  Our programs are now immersed in a STEM adventure that is without limits and I believe we have helped to level the educational playing field for these girls and boys.  The teachers collaborating have grown from two to six STEM minded individuals who are exploring Common Core for connections and supporting each other in grant writing and STEM curriculum development. It is amazing what funding an educational dream can do.  Thank you for the Horizon Award."
Diane Cameron, teacher of the gifted, Dolores Gonzales ES

"The Horizon Award offers our partner schools' students the opportunity to learn and experience science in an engaging, motivating, hands-on way through problem solving and 21st century skills.  Students gain the ability to apply their content knowledge to real-life scientific problems and issues through the Project-Based Learning (PBL) units while also having the chance to share their learning with a greater community beyond their schools and classrooms.  Teachers gain the ability to learn, implement, and practice a curricular model (PBL) that supports implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary format with their teacher colleagues.  At least 1,500 students and 20 teachers have participated in our pilot program over the past two years and it's clear how powerful these learning units can be for students and teachers!"
Vince Case, APS Environmental Education Resource Teacher, Sandia Mountain Natural History Center

"I am THRILLED with my Horizon Grant which we used to purchase an ALEKS subscription for each of my students.  ALEKS is an individualized math program which allows students to work at their own pace and receive individualized instruction.  The students are motivated to use the program and some even use it at home!  The program is available in both English and Spanish so I can use it throughout the year in our Dual Language Classroom.  I am able to create individualized assessments to help me reach all students and during the time the students are using ALEKS, I am able to work in small groups or individually with students.  The students are making FANTASTIC connections between what they are learning on ALEKS and what I'm teaching in class.  I feel that the students are more motivated and enthusiastic about math since beginning the ALEKS program in our class.  Thank you for giving our students this opportunity!"
Treva Morath, 5th grade dual language teacher, Dolores Gonzales ES

"I think that it is important for kids to have fun, hands-on experiences with doing STEM activities that help them to make decisions about careers in their future. If we give them experiences when they are young that include the sciences and technology it can have lasting effects that will influence them in their future choices. It might make harder classes like math seem more worthwhile because they know that it will help them in fields like robotics or space science. Also, robotics can be cross-curricular because robots are being used in all types of situations all over the world. What is more engaging than robots!"
Jeanne Kumpunen, Chaparral ES

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