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ATE's Give Back Program Archive

Attendees at ATE's meetings have donated money to "give back" to the communities where the meetings are held. Following are some of the schools that have been selected as recipients of the Give Back Program:

  Annual Meeting Summer Conference
 2019Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy - Atlanta, GA
Sustainability Academy, Burlington, VT
2018 John C. Freemont Middle School - Las Vegas, NV
Apache Elementary School and Native American Community Academy - Albuquerque, NM
Council of Three Rivers Head Start - Rochelle Site, Pittsburgh, PA
  LaGrange Elementary School, Louisville, KY

M.O. Bush Elementary School, Phoenix, IL

Jefferson Community School, Minneapolis, MN

Dunbar Elementary School, E. St. Louis, IL

Niagara Street Elem. Sch., Niagara Falls, NY
2013 Fred A. Toomer Elem. Sch., Atlanta John A Ross Elem. Sch., Washington, D.C.
2012   Brooke Mattapan Sch., Mattapan, MA
2011 UCF/City of Orlando Reading Camps Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Carrie Jacobs Bond Elem. Sch., Chicago, IL Della Lamb Elementary Charter School, Kansas City, MO
2009   Natchez Elem. Sch., Reno, NV
2008 Recovery School District, New Orleans, LA  
2005   United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND (1st Give Back)

Sustainability Academy, Burlington, VT

The Give Back School for the 2019 Summer Conference is the Sustainability Academy. 

At the Sustainability Academy they are learning together to gain the knowledge, skills, and habits of responsible community members. They are engaged in making a difference by learning to create social, environmental, and economic justice in our community and world.

Sustainability Academy Badge System Overview

The Sustainability Academy community has developed an innovative program that we are preparing to pilot at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. The idea is to use the framework of a badge system as a visible pathway representing SA students’ learning about sustainability. The badge system would function somewhat similarly to merit badges, showcasing students’ developing understandings of and experiences with diverse core concepts of sustainability. 

Based on the Sustainable School Project’s Big Ideas of Sustainability ( and the work teachers have already done to integrate the Big Ideas into the curriculum, grade level teachers are developing pathways and a process for students to earn badges. Through literacy, science, social studies or sustainability units, students would have opportunities to earn badges within five categories: Systems, Cycles, Interdependence, Make a Difference, and Connection to Place & Community. Students’ depth of interaction with the concepts would determine to what level their learning is recognized. To clarify, each badge will have satellite badges that distinguish the five different levels (Member, Participant, Citizen, Leader, Activist). 

The steps to earning a badge are outlined in a structured yet flexible way. To earn a badge, students must complete four steps of learning:

  1. Participate in an experience around that idea (outdoor exploration lesson; trip to Shelburne Farms; visit from a community helper; etc.).

  2. Research (read, listen to, or interview three sources [books/ primary sources/ videos]).

  3. Reflect on and demonstrate understandings - writing (could be an informational book in Kinder or an argument essay in fifth grade), presentation at school-wide meeting, create video, draw and label diagram, etc.

  4. Transfer and apply your new understandings. (Do something with what you’ve learned!)

The eventual goal is that each year, students of each grade will have the opportunity to earn badges in five categories, plus there may be opportunities to develop specialized badges to reflect spontaneous critical learning. Additionally, every student in the school will be encouraged to achieve Sustainability Academy community badges as well as school culture and climate/wellness badges that reflect our school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Restorative Practices.

Students and their newly earned badges will be regularly recognized at our school’s Wednesday Morning Meetings, which will be an essential system of communication for showcasing students’ Education For Sustainability understandings and progress, making learning about sustainability more tangible for everyone in our community.

The 2019-2020 school year will be a small scale pilot, allowing us to better refine the badge system. Additionally, beginning with a small scale requires a lesser financial investment in patches, and we plan to cover the first year of the badge system with an anticipated grant from the Association of Teacher Educators. We expect that building success with a scaled down pilot of the badge program will enable us to secure more funding from community partners to fund a more expansive version of the badge system for the 2020-2021 school year. During the June 14 professional development day, SA teachers at each grade level will design one academic badge (for just one category), as well as at least one social emotional and one community member badge to be used in the pilot rollout. Contributors to this idea include Christina Erickson of Champlain College (original idea generator); Julie Norman, Joby Gallagher and Kellie Smith of SA; and Kestrel Plump and Aimee Ostensen of Shelburne Farms.

Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) Atlanta, GA

The Give Back School for the 2019 Annual Meeting was the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy. 

Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) was founded July 2010. Representing the class of 2017, the legacy class is progressing on target with their sights set on college. CSKYWLA has a singular goal – to ensure each young woman graduates from college ready to make a positive impact on the global community. The school’s founding principal, Melody Morgan, set a solid foundation to advance the vision. The torch has been passed to the current principal, Eulonda Washington, during the summer of 2016. Since this time, the faculty has reaffirmed the vision and developed additional academic expectations, support mechanisms, rituals and traditions that cater to the complex academic and psychological needs of young women. Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy graduates will enroll in and earn a post-secondary degree from a college or university. Our mission is to develop globally competitive leaders by providing a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum.

Apache Elementary School in Albuquerque, NM

In 1967, Apache Elementary School opened its doors to welcome students from the far northeast heights in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Grandparents and parents frequently share their experiences as Apache students when they walk through the hallways.  Apache ES has a long history of educating the children in the neighborhood.  The school is a Title I school with all students receiving free breakfast and lunch. Despite the challenges, this neighborhood school is committed to providing high academic expectations and experiences for all students and their families.

Apache Elementary School will create a STEAM lab, a play-based learning environment where students explore, design, create, test, and redesign in a multidisciplinary and multi-modality approach. Programming robots, coding, designing and building structures, testing marble roller coasters (simulation of a Rube Goldberg setup that students design), and experimentation with electricity (Snap Circuits), are some of the hands-on activities that will engage and excite students.

The Apache Elementary School STEAM lab is now in full swing!

Watch the videos below for an example of what ATE's Give Back Program donations can do...

The Apache S.T.E.A.M. Dream from Technology Teacher on Vimeo.

This video is about The Apache S.T.E.A.M. Dream come true!

Apache Coyotes Get S.T.E.A.M. from Technology Teacher on Vimeo.

This video is about The Apache Pop-up S.T.E.A.M. Lab.

Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, NM

 The Native American Community Academy (NACA) is a tuition-free public charter school in Albuquerque, New Mexico serving grades K-3 and 6-12. NACA was founded in 2006 to reimagine Indigenous education. NACA provides an academically rigorous education that is culturally relevant, community-driven, and strengths-based. NACA's mission is to engage students, educators, families, and the community in developing strong leaders who are academically prepared, secure in their identities, and healthy.

 NACA seeks funding to support the critical tutoring program which provides a needed resource for students who do not complete their work or otherwise fall behind in their classes. The mission of NACA's tutoring program is to create an environment that is safe, supports learning, promotes personal growth, and builds relationships. Held during Out of School Time (OST), students and adults are engaged in effective communication and positive interaction that fosters critical thinkers and leaders. The program draws on NACA's Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Community/Service, Culture, Perseverance, and Reflection to form the foundation for OST, providing a bridge between OST experiences and in-school learning.

Council of Three Rivers Head Start, Pittsburgh, PA

Click here for a PDF developed by Christie McIntyre showing the schools that have received donations and the amounts donated. For additional information on the Give Back Program, click here to send an email to ATE's Executive Director.

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