Educational Institutions

Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • SupportAnnArborSchools.org

Mission Statement

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is committed to helping all Ann Arbor Public Schools students achieve their highest potential by providing community support for innovative and excellent educational opportunities within the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Main Programs

  1. Elementary Enrichment Coorinators
  2. Great Idea Grants
  3. Environmental Science Program Support
  4. Air Tracks for Physics in every high school
  5. PLAN tests for all 10th Graders
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

We provide funding for programs to all Ann Arbor Public Schools in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 2006

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Ms. Wendy Correll

Co Principal Officer since 2006

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Wendy Correll

Keywords

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Educational Foundation, Education, Ann Arbor, Public Schools, Literacy Programs, Foundation

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Also Known As

AAPSEF

EIN

38-2972660

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Alumni Associations (B84)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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AAPSEF funds programs in the Ann Arbor Public Schools impacting more than thousands of students and staff annually.  Students are given opportunities to improve academically, develop their talents, and prepare for participation in 21st century workplaces.  Great Idea Grants for staff provide inspiration and funding to "think outside the box" and be creative providing students with opportunities to learn in different ways.  Directed funds provide support for targeted audiences - Village Fund (social inclusion), Disability Awareness Workshops, Karen Thomas Fund (Title 1 Schools - literature acquisitions), Madeleine Thompson Fund for High School Humanities Programs, Scholarships (K-12 and post-secondary)

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Elementary Enrichment Coorinators

The grant for elementary school enrichment coordinators provides funding to secure the staffing necessary for implementation of enrichment programming across all elementary schools.  Enrichment planning and coordination will be characterized by embedded programming vetted by enrichment coordinators and supported by school faculty members.  Scheduling of enrichment activities will be balanced across grade levels, developmentally appropriate, and accessible by all students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$23,000.00

Program 2

Great Idea Grants

Great Idea grants are made to individual/teams of teachers for innovative and creative ideas to supplement classroom teaching.  Grants range from $500 - $1,000.  Ann Arbor Public Schools staff can apply annually. More than $300,000 has been awarded since the programs inception.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 3

Environmental Science Program Support

The Ann Arbor Public Schools has a long history of environmental science programs. The philosophy of the AAPS Environmental Education Program is to support and enhance the curriculum with outdoor education experiences stressing knowledge, characteristics, interrelationships and uses of natural resources. 
Specifically, AAPSEF funds are for the following
programs: Kensington Metropark (1st
grade, $16,286), and 3rd grade Planetarium visits ($6,846).   Total student participation in these programs is approximately 2,500 students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$23,133.00

Program 4

Air Tracks for Physics in every high school

With significant funding support from IMRA, America, scientific equipment for physics experiments was added to or upgraded in every high school.  AAPS students must take physics or chemistry to graduate.  Support for this program is consistent with the AAPS mission that ensures learning be curiosity driven, student directed, teacher inspired and that the curriculum be challenging and provocative.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$52,662.00

Program 5

PLAN tests for all 10th Graders

The PLAN tests, as part of ACT's Educational Planning and Assessment System, provide information for students and classroom teachers about students strengths and weaknesses in English, math, reading and science.  Data is used to assist with educational planning and support for the high school years as well as post-secondary planning.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$13,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

We provide funding for programs to all Ann Arbor Public Schools in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Funding Needs

There will always be innovative programs that the Ann Arbor Public Schools would like to fund but hasn't the money to implement or maintain.  For the 2011-2012 academic year, AAPSEF received over $1,000,000.00 in grant requests from AAPS.  We are unable to fund all requests.  Left unfunded were important programs supporting academic support to all students in Algebra 1 and Algebra II, a stipend to support art supplies at every school, a Fine Arts Fund to support enrichment activities developing the humanities programs in the elementary schools, support for Reading Apprenticeship programs; and funding support for math intervention modules to complement and strengthen the core curriculum. At this time, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is working to fund those creative and innovative programs in the Ann Arbor Public Schools that may disappear due to funding shortfalls.  If the current economic climate continues we may be raising money to mitigate class size, purchase textbooks and technology, etc.  In the academic year 2011-2012, class size for most high school classes exceed 32, elementary classrooms exceed 25 in the lower elementary grades and push or exceed 30 in upper el.

Affiliations + Memberships

National School Foundation Association - Member

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ANN ARBOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Wendy Correll

Co Principal Officer

Wendy Correll

BIO

Ms. Correll has served as the Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation since 2006. In 2011 she earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management, and in 2008 she earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Ms. Correll is a member of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and serves as the Strive Committee co-chair. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County and previously on the board of the Arts Alliance.   She completed the Leadership Ann Arbor program of the Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and served on the Impact 2008 and 2009 planning committee of the Chamber.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Funding provided by AAPSEF is having a significant impact on student development and achievement. 
 
Elementary Enrichment Coordinators in the elementary schools are able to deliver programs to every elementary school that enhanced the efforts of classroom teachers.
 
AAPSEF provides funding to ensure every 8th and 10th grader in the Ann Arbor Public Schools was able to take the PLAN and Explore tests - designed to assist students, families and guidance counselors in planning a 4-6 year path of academics for each student to assist the students in reaching their goals.  Effective with the 2012 academic year, the state of Michigan will pay for these tests for all Michigan students having identified them as important elements in post-secondary planning.
 
AAPSEF is providing support to the district-wide fifth grade instrumental music program to support maintenance of instruments and purchase of new music books.  Ann Arbor Public Schools are renowned for their music programs.
 
AAPSEF is supporting environmental science field trips for every1st and 3rd grader in the school district.  Support pays transportation and admission fees.  These field trips, while fun for the students, are aligned with the science curriculum and build upon classroom knowledge.
 
AAPSEF has provided support to the physics programs in every (six) high school.  The AirTracks equipment enables hands on, interactive physics experiments. 
 
In addition to providing funding for programs in the schools, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation facilitates relationships between the community and schools that enhance educational opportunities for students and staff in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.  One such example is The Principal Business Mentor Program launched in January 2012.  This is a five month mentorship with a customer service theme.  Eight principals and eight business partners are involved.
 
Program evaluation is a part of all grants awarded to the Ann Arbor Public Schools.  We continue to refine evaluation and use of outcome data for measuring impact of donor dollars."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Helen Starman

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Term: July 2010 - June 2012

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