Local teachers to benefit from Xcel Energy grant to Adams State University Extended Studies


Adams State University Extended Studies received a $7,500 grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation to support professional development of science and math teachers in the San Luis Valley.

The grant was made through the education focus area for Xcel Energy's corporate giving, part of the company's effort to support non-profit agencies in towns and cities served by Xcel Energy.

"This grant will provide scholarships for between 15 and 20 San Luis Valley teachers," said Liz Martinez, program director with Adams State Extended Studies. "The teachers may choose from 24 online courses that support Colorado's new P-12 academic standards. The result will directly impact more than one thousand area students."

The two and three-credit courses are offered by Adams State partners such as PBS, U.S. Satellite Labs, Advanced Learning Designs, and the American Museum of Nature & Science. Each of the online courses includes modules focused on effective research-driven teaching/learning strategies, successful teaching modeling, lesson plans, and other resources. Credit will be awarded by Adams State University.

"The success of our company is directly related to the health of our communities," said Monique Lovato, Xcel Energy's director of Corporate Giving. "While Xcel Energy's employees invest in our local communities with charitable contributions and volunteer time, these grants are another way Xcel Energy shows our commitment to improving the quality of life in the towns and cities we serve."

The scholarships are available to middle or high school teachers of math or science in a San Luis Valley school district that demonstrates need. Rural and/or low-performing schools qualify. Applicants must have a valid Colorado teacher's license. Adams State Extended Studies is collaborating with area schools and the BOCES to make teachers aware of this opportunity. Application information is available by calling 719-587-7671.

By Julie Waechter