Arizona Science Center to use grant for rural teacher training
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Arizona Science Center to use grant for rural teacher training

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  • Michele Meyer/Arizona Science Center


The APS Foundation announced this July it had awarded more than $1 million to nine nonprofit groups in Arizona to support STEM programs. Arizona Science Center is honored to receive $246,080 from the APS Foundation.

The funds received will enable the Arizona Science Center to continue its efforts in bringing valuable teacher, leader, and community professional development along with student programming to school districts in rural communities through the continuation of the Rural Expansion Project.

Arizona Science Center to use grant for rural teacher training ArizonaScienceCenterTeacherStudent“We are proud to continue our partnership with the Arizona Science Center’s teacher development programs. As this learning is shared in the classroom, it will equip Arizona students with the scientific skills necessary to compete in a global economy,” said Tina Marie Tentori, director of the APS Foundation. “STEM skills now are as fundamentally important as learning to read and write.”

With these funds, Arizona Science Center will build on continued partnerships with four school districts in APS service territories to build upon the high-level success encounter through the initiation of this comprehensive initiative: Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary, Humboldt Unified, Williams Unified, and Winslow Unified school districts.

In addition, the project will engage two additional districts, Prescott Unified School District and Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District to expand programming. Sessions will incorporate models of engagement, exploration, explanation, extension, and evaluation that tailored to the unique needs of the learners.

Arizona Science Center to use grant for rural teacher training ArizonaScienceCenterEducators“We are honored to be partnered with APS Foundation and rural school districts to positively impact Arizona students in their success in learning. The scaffolded approach includes strategically planning with educational leaders, training mentors and coaches, and professionally developing teachers in their capacity to engage students at an increased level of rigor and relevance. This comprehensive partnership of support provides a more expedited return on investment of time, resources, and quality practices. It is extremely rewarding to be involved in an ongoing process of growth with these committed educators, parents, and business and industry. The youth, our communities, and our future workforce are the beneficiaries,” stated Dr. Sharon Kortman, Chief Learning Officer of the Arizona Science Center and PI on the project.

About Arizona Science Center
The goal of the Learning Division is to advance educational leadership, quality teaching, parent and community support, and student engagement for success in learning. The Learning Division provides professional development for educational leaders, teachers, parents and the community, and business and industry partners, as well as student programming and outreach.

The mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages about science. The Center, located at 600 E. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium and a five-story IMAX® theater.

For more information, visit or call 602-716-2000.
About APS Foundation
The APS Foundation is committed to making an impact in Arizona communities and does so by supporting nonprofits throughout the state that advances knowledge in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

The Foundation supports a range of STEM programs including a signature initiative that focuses on supporting teachers by developing content knowledge in the STEM subjects, as well as strong pedagogical skills. The goal of the Foundation is to best equip the next generation of Arizona’s workforce and keep the state strong and competitive.

Privately endowed by Pinnacle West Capital Corp. in 1981 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, the APS Foundation distributes funds through a bi-annual grant process. Since its inception, it has invested more than $31 million in Arizona nonprofits. For more information, please visit