In 2012, Helios invested over $2.687 million in strengthening early childhood systems in Arizona and Florida.
Childsplay / EYE Play: Teaching Literacy Through Drama
Folds their successful model of educating elementary school teachers to use drama in teaching literacy into a curriculum for Early Childhood practitioners. It will also offer professional development that uses creative drama to achieve Department of Education and site-specific objectives for language and literacy. Visit Website
United Way Northern Arizona/ Northern Arizona University / Read on Flagstaff
Promotes community awareness and mobilizes action towards reaching the goal of every Flagstaff child reading at grade level or higher by the end of third grade. Read On collaborators will build a culture of literacy within families and neighborhoods where children are most at risk. Visit Website
Valley of the Sun United Way / Read on Phoenix
In collaboration with the City of Phoenix, several school districts and community partners, VSUW is leading the Read on Phoenix initiative to increase the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Visit Website
In 2012, Helios invested over $11.255 million to improve academic rigor and relevance with an emphasis on STEM in Arizona and Florida.
ACT / ACT-District Choice State Test
Continued funding of the ACT District Choice State Test in Arizona to provide school districts with data and tools to support the development of college- and career- ready students. Visit Website
Arizona Community Foundation / Rodel Foundation, MacRo Program
Uses research-based components to raise math achievement of Arizona students in high-need and/or rural communities. Aligns all of its components to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Visit Website
Arizona State University / ASU - Spirit of Service Scholars
Encourages high school students to play an active role in creating a college-going culture within their schools and advances community leadership and public service opportunities for young students. Visit Website
Center for the Future of Arizona / Education Innovation Collaborative
Establishes a sustainable structure where diverse schools learn about systemic educational change through shared experiences and ideas. Visit Website
Council for Educational Change / Project STEM: Strong and Steady...Building Capacity for Student STEM Success through Excellence in Instructional Leadership
Creates and implements a Middle School Professional Development model for STEM instructional leaders. This grant will help participant school teams develop and practice successful STEM instructional leadership. Visit Website
Gila County Education Service Agency / Arizona Rural Tri-County Education Initiative
Creation of an organizational model and implementation plan for effective professional development in rural counties by building capacity to use interactive technology-based applications. Visit Website
Science Foundation Arizona / Developing the Arizona STEM Network and Implementing the Helios STEM School Pilot Project
Implementation of the Arizona STEM Network, including Knowledge Management, Helios STEM Schools Pilot and a suite of web-based tools for teachers and administrators. Visit Website
University of South Florida Foundation / Robert Noyce Master Teacher Fellowship Program
Provides stipends to mathematics and science teachers to attend teacher development programs. These teachers will become Master Teacher Fellows and will be prepared to assume leadership roles within their schools or other high-needs district schools. Visit Website
In 2012, Helios invested over $1.495 million to strengthen student supports critical to persistence and align pathways to relevant, high demand careers.
Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation / Diamondbacks Helios Scholars Program
Scholarship partnership with Arizona College Scholarship Fund, including a mentoring initiative to ensure postsecondary success. Visit Website
Foundation for Florida Colleges /
Credit When It's Due
Facilitates the awarding of an associate's degree to students who transferred from a college system to a state university prior to completing the associate's degree, and who meet degree requirements. Visit Website
In 2012, Helios invested over $1.95 million in Innovative Partnerships.
Florida Consortium of Education Foundations / Florida Common Core Communication Collaborative
A collaborative of funders working to create communication strategies in support of common core implementation. Visit Website
Miami-Dade College Foundation / Education Nation On-The-Road Miami
NBC Education Nation On-the-Road - Miami, FL.
The goal of Education Nation On-The-Road was to foster communication around local and national education issues and spotlight solutions. Helios partnered with NBC News along with the University of Phoenix, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NBC Learn and Miami-Dade College to bring Education Nation to Miami. Visit Website
Stand for Children / Stand Arizona Education Reform
Grassroots leadership development in support of improving public education. Helios grant supports the Arizona Affiliate Expansion to work on projects that will bring the organization to scale and expand its reach to create deeper impact for children and families. Visit Website