Growing Access to Information
TCF presents over $26,000 in Teacher Awards!
TCF hosted two receptions in November 2014 and presented nearly 70 teacher awards for classroom support/professional development tools in both the Taos Municipal and Mesa Vista Consolidated School Districts. As part of a mini-teacher grant award initiative, now in its 6th year of funding, educators were presented with funds to purchase specific materials, supplies or equipment to assist them with new or existing projects in their classrooms. The awards were selected through a competitive process and are reviewed by TCF advisory committees and shared with interested TCF donors / fund holders, who then had the option to “adopt” a particular project for funding.
Since TCF implemented this successful award program, over 300 teacher awards have been presented, totaling over $126,000 in funding. In review, the teacher awards often serve as the “bridge” for getting a new project up and off the ground, or have given teachers the needed funds to implement something new with their students. As one teacher shared, “the award sparked an idea of utilizing our computers differently….it magnified what I was able to do”. Other teachers were able to leverage the funds with other business donations in town – “we presented the TCF award letter to a local business, and they matched the contribution”.
Classroom projects have included enhanced curriculum materials, listening centers for students in early grades, school gardens, robotics equipment, materials for theater/art programming and professional development tools for teachers. For a complete list of all recently awarded TCF teacher awards, and a complete overview of all TCF funding this year, please visit our website (www.taoscf.org).
Education Focus for Grantmaking
Apart from our goals of helping citizens meet basic needs, TCF and our partners plan initiatives for education and information access, creating a firm foothold and making possible the step-up for individuals and families to think and do differently, and thereby to contribute to positive change in our communities. One of the main goals of TCF is to develop the informed citizenry, and through that development help individuals achieve personal success and self-sufficiency which will redouble our contributions and efforts as they in turn give back to the community through their own successes.
Many would agree that education is key to a child’s success in life, to the stability of a skilled and robust workforce, and to the health of a community’s future. Knowing that a strong education system enables both youth and adult students in our region to realize their individual potential as well as that of our larger community, TCF continues its strong commitment to education, using all the tools available: grant-making, convening and advocacy.