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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
 2023Alfred I. duPont Middle School - Jacksonville, FL  

Wendell Phillips Academy High School - Chicago, IL

Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School  - Nashville, TN


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School - Anaheim, CA. (Online Meeting) 

Columbus Alternative High School - Columbus, OH (Online Conference)
 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Complex - Atlantic City, NJ. 
 Online, No GiveBack
 2019 Coretta 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)

Alfred I. duPont Middle School

Our chosen Annual Meeting Give Back School will be

Alfred I. duPont Middle School

in Duval County, Jacksonville, FL

View a Powerpoint PDF with more information about our Give Back School!

Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School

This year’s Give Back School for the 2022 Summer Conference is the

Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School 


As an Arts STEAM magnet elementary school located in historic Edgefield of East Nashville, we inspire our scholars to imagine a future in an exciting career that makes the world a better place. Warner weaves dance, art, drama, and music into the core curriculum where reading, math, social studies, and science come to life. We utilize cutting edge research-based curricula Wit & Wisdom (ELA/social studies), Eureka (math) and Engineering is Elementary (science).

Student body

Warner has about 300 students enrolled (76% Black or African American, 18% White, 4% Hispanic/Latino, 1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 1% Asian).

Warner serves about 21% of the population as students with disabilities, while only 6% are English language learners. Low income enrollment is at 88%.

Teachers and community

With 18 classroom teachers, and twice as many itinerant and support staff, Warner is proud of the unique opportunities and experiences partnerships create for our scholars. We partner with area businesses, churches, professional artists, and non-profits, including Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

School vision and mission


Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School will ensure that every student, no matter what their economic, racial, or ethnic background, will achieve at high levels and become successful lifelong learners.


To succeed we must provide a safe, supportive, and arts-enriched learning environment that encourages all students to realize their potential, become continuous learners, and move towards becoming responsible, productive, and creative citizens.

Wendell Phillips Academy High School

This year’s Give Back School for the 2022 Annual Meeting is the

Wendell Phillips Academy High School, Chicago, IL 

Phillips is a High School Transformation and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) school and offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as honors courses as part of its academic curriculum. It provides a positive learning environment through an academic curriculum promoting literacy and inquiry-based learning. AP courses are offered in U.S. history, Biology, and English. Honors courses are offered in 15 subjects. Education To Careers (ETC) programs are offered in fashion design, graphic communications, and drafting. Phillips also features a Junior Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (JAFROTC) program and a health clinic to serve the needs of its students.

Enrollment is open to students living in its attendance area; if space is available, students outside the area may apply.

In addition to its longstanding sports program, Phillips offers students the opportunity to participate in Student Council, Air Force (AFJROTC), a school Newspaper Club, the Book Club, the Culture Club, a Music Production Project, an Entrepreneurial Project, Junior Achievement, yearbook, and a debate Team.

Phillips became a turnaround school in an effort to lower the school's one–year dropout rate of 66.8 percent. The school received the Spotlight on Technology award from the Chicago Public Schools leadership technology summit in 2013. The school's attendance boundary includes areas of the South Side, Chinatown, and portions of the Chicago Loop.

Columbus Alternative High School

This year’s Give Back School for the 2021 Summer Conference is the

Columbus Alternative High School, Columbus, OH 

Columbus Alternative High School is a public high school in North Linden, Columbus, Ohio. It is a part of the Columbus City Schools district. The school is a magnet school for college-bound students in Columbus, with both AP and IB programs.

“CAHS administration and staff are honored to be recognized for our unwavering commitment to academic excellence for all students," said Darryl C. Sanders, Principal of Columbus Alternative High School. "It’s always rewarding to see that CAHS students can compete in the same academic field as their suburban counterparts. This honor makes our school’s motto a reality: CAHS, where Academic Excellence is the Standard and not the Exception.”

Read the Full Statement Here

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Anaheim, CA.  

This year’s Give Back School for the 2021 Annual Meeting is the

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Anaheim, CA. (conference held online)

                               Adolfo Herrera, Principal

The mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School is to create a culture of higher academic learning among all Kindergarten through Fifth grade scholars, their families, and surrounding communities by instilling in them an awareness and motivation towards obtaining a four year university degree. Recognizing that the school community inspires the highest level of academic commitment, scholars at King School are provided with a rigorous high quality instruction in order to meet and exceed the state standards in all the subject areas.  King Elementary staff prepares all scholars with the knowledge and skills required to be productive members of their community.

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At King, they are committed to preparing all scholars to be successful and responsible

global citizens who contribute and thrive in the 21st Century.

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary (King Elementary) is an inner-city urban school located in one of the most impoverished sections of Santa Ana, California. King Elementary student body is predominantly Hispanic, or Latino and all students receive free lunch as part of the district program called Provision II.  Our mascot is the Eagle as it represents the freedom that Dr. King fought so valiantly for. 

We are committed to preparing all scholars to be successful and responsible global citizens who contribute and thrive in the 21st Century.  Our School Mission is “To ensure scholar success, we will provide a rigorous and supportive academic experience that encourages all learners to meet high expectations. By providing a positive school climate, all scholars will develop the personal skills necessary to achieve academic and social goals, including nurturing high motivation, and social and emotional well-being.

Our school community is passionate about instilling an awareness and motivation toward obtaining a university degree.  To this end, King School is in its fourteenth-year implementation of its own unique University Starts Now “USN” program. The University Starts Now/No Excuses program instills high expectations and academic achievement in order to succeed in school and go to college. To further support these goals King school is in its first year of implementation of the AVID Elementary program to prepare scholars for college and career readiness. King Elementary believes that every student deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college.  Scholars, therefore, learn the history of their particular university. Scholars and staff participate in school-wide pep rallies, assemblies and develop chants and songs for their respective universities.  Scholars and staff develop a high sense of pride for their universities, thus transferring this pride to their studies, and increasing their academic performance. The University Starts Now/No Excuses program has enhanced the school culture to a heightened level.

All of the King School teachers are fully credentialed and highly qualified. Sixty percent of the teachers have their master’s degree and the average number of years of teaching experience is 20 years. King School provides two different instructional programs: Structured English Immersion and the Dual Language Academy.   Outside of the classroom our teachers and support staff support such activities at King such as the King School Garden, Latino Heritage Celebration, MLK Day, Black History Month performance assembly, Fall Festival Parade, Winter Performance and End of Year Promotion Ceremony.

The backbone of our outreach and family support is our FACE (Family Community and Engagement) program.  Through FACE, our Parents are highly encouraged to get involved in King Elementary School's learning community by attending our King Parent University, volunteering their time, attending school events, or sharing in the decision-making process.   We support our foster family community through McKinney-Vento providing parents with information about local community agencies, counseling centers, free medical clinics, and resource centers which many times provide free services for the families, such as free uniforms, backpacks and shoes. Classroom teachers and Administration encourage parents to participate in their child's education by attending monthly parent meetings, attending parent conferences sponsored by the district, by coming to Back-to-School Night, Open House, and attending a variety of parent education courses offered by the school. 

To instill the teachings of Dr. King our school personnel implement the PBIS positive school climate initiative. We want to create a positive school culture where all scholars are “Respectful, Responsible and Ready.”: We seek to maintain a school environment that is positive by providing regular recognition for positive behavior.  We seek to maintain a school environment that is safe where violent and disruptive behavior is not tolerated and all discipline is restorative and not punitive. We thank the Association of Teacher Educators for adopting our school an assisting us in all of our endeavors.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Complex, Atlantic City, NJ

This year’s Give Back School for the 2020 Annual Meeting is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Complex in Atlantic City, NJ.  

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Complex is a public school located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This school serves children in grades PreK-3 through 8th grade. 94 per cent of the students are eligible for free and/or reduced fee lunch. This is a multicultural school that strives to do better each day until everyone reaches their potential.  At MLK, students are actively engaged in learning through traditional means as well as innovative methods like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning in the MakerSpace, and through challenges and competitions. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in Visual and Performing Arts and Television Production to build a greater understanding of the world in which they live.

Discover more and see the video below!

The video link for the school is:

As evidenced by the video, Principal Jodi L. Burroughs and the MLK faculty and staff strive to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century.

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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