2020 Impact Award Winners
A big THANK YOU! to all of this year’s submitters. We always enjoy seeing the creativity and energy that goes into your videos, and this year was no exception. While it is unfortunate that we are not celebrating in person this December, we are still excited to give due credit to this year’s recipients!
Elizabeth Bell, Fort Worth Christian School
Our first recipient, earning a Bronze Award of $2,500 is Elizabeth Bell of Fort Worth Christian School who’s submission is for an upgrade to the garden serves the campus’ Lower School while at the same time providing an opportunity to teach students about decomposition and water conservation while supplementing lessons involving everything from climate change to gravity, to cooking their produce!
Monica Valenta, Northwest High School
Our second recipient, earning a Bronze Award of $2,500 is Monica Valenta of Northwest High School who’s submission “Health Science - Meaningful Spaces” will advance the career training and preparation by improving the facilities and systems available to a large program of 300+ students who are interested in health sciences. The end goal is to give these students a better chance of completing the four year program and becoming an EMT or Medical Assistant.
Charnella Derry, Cedar Crest Elementary
Our third recipient, earning a Bronze Award of $2,500 is Charnella Derry of Cedar Crest Elementary, who’s submission “Closing the COVID-19 Learning Gap” which will improve and expand their math tutoring programs which serve disadvantaged students. They intend to use the award to complete their pilot program with the goal of increasing service to additional campuses. So far 90% of students in their program have improved their scores!
Vanessa Valadez, Arlington ISD
Our fourth recipient, earning a Gold Award of $7,500 is Vanessa Valadez of Arlington ISD, who’s submission “P.L.A.Y. -Parents and toddlers Learning At home, why?” will serve multiple campuses within the district with a focus on economically disadvantages students who can no longer meet on campus due to the pandemic. Their program will supplement the home learning environment by providing parents and caregivers tools to grow their child’s emotional, educational, and physical skills so that they are more likely to succeed in spite of the challenges created by the strain of the pandemic.
Patricia Lopez, Student at CityLab HS
Our fifth and final recipient, earning a Gold Award of $7,500 is Patricia Lopez, a student at CityLab HS, who’s submission “Calm Pods” focuses on improving the mental health of her fellow students. The pods are specifically designed to provide students with a safe place to relax and de-stress, which is particularly important during the added pressure of the pandemic. The impact award will go toward the purchase of materials to create the pods.
On a final note, thank you to all of the supporters of the A4LE North Texas Chapter! It is because of your time, efforts, and donations that we are able to provide these awards!
2020 Impact Awards
The North Texas Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments is proud to announce this year's annual contest for IMPACT GRANT AWARD OPPORTUNITIES. During these unprecedented
circumstances, our A4LE Chapter invites you to consider focusing your IMPACT teaching solutions on
COVID‐19 distance learning efforts.
We are excited to announce the following award opportunities:
Consideration of up to $7500 for each Gold Award offered
Consideration of up to $5000 for each Silver Award offered
Consideration of up to $3000 for each Bronze Award offered
The purpose of this impact award is to not only enhance the usability of any qualified educational
environment with a permanent improvement or modification but to also impact the community and its
involvement in the local education process. The implementation of this IMPACT GRANT AWARD is
intended for collaboration between the North Texas A4LE Chapter membership and Educators across
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