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Teacher professional development pilot program accepting applications
recent survey emphasizes the need for STEM teachers, especially in the subject area of physics. Certified teachers can apply now to receive up to $2,000 in professional development scholarship money over three years. Professional development must support the certificated teacher in gaining additional credentials and/or certifications in math, science, technology, engineering or career and technical education.
Scholarship applicants must: • Be an Arizona certified teacher with a current contract at an Arizona public school; • Pursue professional development at a regionally or nationally accredited public or private postsecondary educational institution(s) in Arizona; and • Agree to teach in a public
school in Arizona for three years after the completing coursework or program.
For more information, visit azed.gov/hetl/pd-pilot-program/, email TeacherProfession-
alDevelopmentScholarship@ azed.gov or call 602-364-1842
Casa Grande receives $144,000 grant for neon sign park
asa Grande was recently selected second among 11 cities or towns across the county to win a grant from Partners in Preservation. The $144,000 grant will fund a planned project to add a neon sign park downtown. The sign park project is a joint effort between Casa Grande Main Street and the Casa Grande Historic Preservation Commission. Construction is estimated to begin in early 2018 and finish by the end of the year. The Partners in Preservation: Main Streets competition was
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determined by popular vote. The winners will each receive a share of the $1.5 million total in grants to fund their respective preservation projects. The contest ran for 37 days and brought in more than 920,000 votes. Locations and projects awarded include: • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Open Doors in Germantown • Casa Grande, Arizona: Light Up the Night in Casa Grande • Los Angeles, California: Stage a Comeback in WeHo • West Des Moines, Iowa: Light the Lyric in Historic Valley
Junction • Greensboro, North Carolina: Save a Seat in Greensboro • Las Vegas, New Mexico: Answer the Call in Las Vegas, NM • Birmingham, Alabama: Shine a New Light in Birmingham • Cincinnati, Ohio: Brighten a Beacon in Cincinnati • Cape Girardeau, Missouri: Take Center Stage in Cape Girardeau • McKinney, Texas: Polish a Gem in McKinney • Salt Lake City, Utah: Advance the Arts in Salt Lake City
An additional $500,000 in grants was distributed to the 25 Main Street communities that participated in the program at the outset of the campaign to help raise awareness about their preservation needs. Partners in the project included American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The project was aimed at raising awareness of the Main Street movement nationwide. For more information on the winning sites, visit savingplaces.org/partners-in-preservation-main-streets. GOLDEN CORRID OR LI V ING