Adams, Boulder, Denver and Jefferson counties
                                        Teachers, would you like:
 artists, actors, singers, scientists, historians, dancers, and others to
      help support your curriculum units with active workshops?
 earning credits toward CDE re-licensure in a fun way?

 free assemblies and library materials for your school?

 assistance paying for field trips, buses and subs
                      These are some of the opportunities for public schools in the
                           7-county metro area through the Alliance Project.
The Alliance Project is a grant of educational outreach. It partners the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District’s (SCFD)
arts, science and cultural organizations with teachers in creating curriculum applications and learning opportunities for


                                                WHY NOT APPLY TODAY?
                                           For more information and application contact:
              Charlotte D’Armond Talbert, Coordinator 303-519-7772

 Imagine working with these organizations to receive relevant programming at no cost to the school:
   Arvada Center, Butterfly Pavilion, Central City Opera, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, City of Aurora
 Cultural Services, Colorado Ballet, Colorado Children’s Chorale, Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado
Railroad Museum, Colorado Symphony, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Lakewood Heritage,
Culture and the Arts, MACC (Mizel Arts and Culture Center), Mizel Museum, Opera Colorado, Rocky
                       Mountain Bird Observatory and The Wildlife Experience

                           Applications due April 21, 2011 by 8:00 p.m. via email

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                                       The Alliance Project: Just the Facts!
WHY:           18 arts, culture and science organizations called the Scientific and Cultural Collaborative (SCC)
                have pooled resources to help students learn through interesting and engaging activities.
                Former teachers have viewed this as an excellent professional development for connecting
                cultural organizations with their students.

WHO &         A school identifies a group of teachers (including elective teachers) who will meet with the SCC
 WHAT         Coordinator on-campus to identify team needs based on their curriculum. In-school performances,
              guest artists and scientists, workshops, field trips, library materials, paid substitute teachers and
              buses are provided to meet the team’s requests.

WHICH SCHOOLS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY: Public schools with middle school grades 6,7,8 in Adams County,
Boulder County, Denver County and Jefferson County. K-8’s or K-12’s may apply.

These schools have previously participated in the Alliance Project and are NOT eligible to apply.
Adams County: Crown Pointe Academy, Kearney Middle, Vikan Middle, North Middle, Clear Lake Middle, Thornton Middle, Adams City Middle
Boulder County: Nederland Middle, Platt Middle, Louisville Middle, Heritage Middle, Manhattan Middle, Casey Middle, Peak to Peak Charter
Denver County: Skinner Middle, Smiley Middle, Lake Middle, Merrill Middle, Hill Campus, Slavens K-8
Jefferson County: Center for Discovery Learning, Deer Creek Middle, Collegiate Academy, Mandalay Middle, North Arvada Middle, Dunstan
  Middle, Bell Middle, Carmody Middle

WHEN &  September-October 2011 - Planning with teacher teams and culturals
 WHERE: November 2011- May 2012 - Multiple events on and off campus
        This is a one-year grant pending continued funding.

HOW: The Alliance Project Coordinator will come to your campus for a series of planning meetings to hear ideas and
   requests for programs. She will contact, schedule, and pay for these programs for your school using SCC funds.
  Attending meetings can be used toward CDE re-licensure. No funding from the school is required.

What else? The Alliance Project also provides:

 Creating connections across the curriculum through outreach opportunities (workshops, performances, field trips to
 sites, science programs) that utilize the resources and experience of area arts, history and science organizations to
 fulfill your requests that compliment state standards and school improvement goals
 Books, CD’s, videos for your library
 Credit towards teaching re-licensure through CDE
 Workshops, performances and field trips for partner school (another local school)
 Funds cover a majority of costs including substitute teachers and buses (up to $175.00 per bus)
 Last year, ~ $9,000 in goods and services were provided to the joint school teams. This is not a cash award.


 What type of programs can your school expect to receive? Teachers request programs and culturals
 will make every effort to provide them. It could be a simple field trip to a concert, play or museum that matches your
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     curriculum. Or specialized programs such as “how to Interpret Shakespeare”, “weather in CO”, or your students
working with a professional dancer, artist, singer, or historian.

Photos and other examples are on the Basics of the Alliance Project PDF distributed with application.

Here’s a sample of what was requested by teachers and provided by SCC culturals this year!
 *Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory – at Barr Lake, students watched bird banding with nature activities followed by an
     on-campus class using math and the data collected
 *MACC (Mizel Arts and Culture Center) – professional cartoonist worked with students using their “doodling” skills to
    create comics and cartoons while other artists used geometry to create Islamic art
 *The Wildlife Experience – on-campus programs focused on animal adaptation or tours for an IWERKS movie,
    Globeology trail, art and animal exhibits
 *CO Railroad Museum – storyteller and railroad expert came to the school to tell students how railroads changed CO
    history and the stories behind them
 *Museum of Contemporary Art –tour the MCA galleries and student art workshops were part of a day downtown
 *Cherry Creek Arts Festival – Mobile Art Gallery brought over 25 pieces of professional, contemporary art for two
    weeks with students serving as guides for others
 *Mizel Museum – large cases displaying artifacts from many countries were brought to the school for several weeks to
    explore other cultures and traditions
 *Arvada Center - workshops included printmaking, writing, poetry and performance skills
 *Central City Opera – assemblies with professional singers included “En Mis Palabras” about the a young girl living in
     two cultures and “How the West Was Sung” focusing on westward expansion
 *Lakewood Heritage, Culture and the Arts – provided tours of the Heritage Center with history from the 20th Century
 *Opera Colorado – professional singers performed “Romeo and Juliet” on-campus and worked with classroom staff on
      poetry, vocal workshops, and the basic etiquette at a performance
 *Denver Center for the Performing Arts – teaching artists engaged students through workshops on the digestive
      system, the Periodic Table of Elements and aspects of the Civil War
 * Butterfly Pavilion – “Bug Bites” shared how insects are used as and in food with samples of bug snacks and other
    schools toured the Pavilion for nature programs
 * CO Symphony Orchestra and CO Children’s Chorale – both presented assemblies and workshops with professional
      singers, conductors and musicians
  *Aurora Cultural Services – provided visual artists, professional writers, and others to answer the needs of teachers
 * Aurora Fox Arts Center – teaching artists worked with students on African drumming and stage combat
 * Aurora History Museum – historian/curator from the museum brought artifacts about Colorado homesteading
 * CO Ballet – field trip at the studios of CO Ballet for a multi-cultural dance experiences and tour of the costume shop
 * CO Mountain Club – schools used compasses in an orienteering exercise and learned avalanche safety

How does my school apply?
    Carefully complete this application with as much information is as known at this time. We understand that there
      could be changes in personnel and curriculum.
    Include a partner school of your choosing that you would like to build a stronger relationship through the grant –
      perhaps a feeder connection.
    Follow your school district regulations in applying for grants
    Submit this application electronically by April 21th at 8:00 p.m. and fax the last page with signatures

What does my school have to agree to?
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The SCC will provide planning time, artists, scientists, supplies, performances, classes, hands-on workshops,
mentoring, and information. We ask that the school be our partner by committing to the following:

1. Provide a team of 6-8 teachers/staff, who agree to meet monthly for one hour on their campus either
     before, during or after school for planning, requesting, creating ideas, and updates on events.
     This is a volunteer team, who should receive credit for school committee work, and who can earn
      credit toward re-licensure. Tip: Successful teams are those that have shared students to some extent.
     Arts, consumer science, physical education electives, librarian/media specialists are encouraged to
     apply with grade level teachers.

We understand that you may not be able to include a confirmed list of teachers as hiring, contracts and assignments
may change – please apply anyway! You are urged to apply and indicate that some positions are pending.

2. Identify a “Contact Teacher” who will be the liaison between the school and the Coordinator. The contact
    teacher will have the full assistance of the Coordinator in all matters. They should be prepared to delegate
   and help build a team of interested, enthusiastic, and dedicated teachers.

4. A group of students (generally no more than 150) will receive multiple experiences. This grant is not
    intended to be a grant that serves all students and all teachers in a school. This program is intended to serve
    only the students taught by team members to reinforce curriculum. Tip: Avoid “pulling out” students or
   afterschools for events, but identify those students who would participate as a part of their regular classes.
   Also, be careful if dividing up a grade level so that only one portion receives the grant as may cause hard
   feelings among faculty of the same grade level not receiving the programs.

How will the decision be made to select our school?

Applications will be reviewed by the SCC organizations and the Coordinator. Decisions announced in May 2011.
Follow-up phone calls, interviews or on-campus meeting may be requested as well.

Criteria for selection – How will schools be selected? The application must demonstrate:
a. Committed teachers who have a desire to be a team through planning relevant activities
b. Identification of a LIMITED, specific group of students to participate (generally 150-170)
c. Awareness of how external organizations can create learning opportunities tied to curriculum
d. A well-written application with detailed and thoughtful answers. Handwritten ones are rejected.

Please note that awarding of this grant is not based on “need”, performance scores, Title I status, free and reduced
lunch percentages, or socio/economic levels. We recognize all these are important issues. However, the Alliance
Project criteria highest priority is serving teachers who can best utilize our programs.

    Please remember that your application will represent your school!

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           Don’t use jargons or acronyms that may not be generally known to others
        Don’t use non-SCC organizations as curriculum examples (look at the list of partners in this application and
         think of ideas that might work for you)
        Flush out the examples with nice ties into curriculum, so it doesn’t seem like merely an enrichment exercise.
         How will you use the Alliance Project to tie with your curriculum?
        Please check for typos and spelling. It will avoid embarrassing typos such as the Civil Wart!

About the SCFD The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) was established in 1988 by the voters in metropolitan
Denver to distribute funds generated by a sales tax, equaling one penny on a $10 purchase to support scientific and cultural
facilities within the 7 metro counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson. In the last 16 years,
330 non-profit arts and science organizations have received funding from SCFD, supporting thousands of programs and events
that have been enjoyed by millions of people.

Need more information? Just ask! The Alliance Project Coordinator can come to your school to meet with interested
staff. Call 303-519-7772 or email

Check out for examples of programs, teacher comments and more!

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                               SCC ALLIANCE PROJECT APPLICATION
Please save this document to your computer. Complete the application keeping it to 7 pages total with font at 12 points
or higher. This should be send electronically – the signature page should be faxed to 303-825-2117.
                                        SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

School Name:                                               County:

Address:                                           City:                              Zip:

District:                                           Grades at the school:

Grade Levels to be involved:                    Approx. Number:                     Is this the entire grade level?

School Phone:                                                    School Fax:

Population size:

Beginning date of 2011-2012 school year:                            School hours:

The Contact Teacher must be a volunteer who is enthusiastic about the project, and willing to be a liaison between the
Alliance Project Coordinator and the team

Name of Contact Person:                                           Their position:

School Phone:                                                       Home Phone:


                                   INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PARTNER SCHOOL
You must choose one school in your community to be a Partner School. This partner must participate on the grant planning from
the outset. K-8 schools can use their elementary grades as their partner.

Name of Partner School:                                              Grade to be Involved:

Address:                                                              Phone:

City:                                    Zip:                        School fax:

Name of Partner Contact Teacher:                               Their position:
(elective teachers or those representing the highest grades at feeder school are often successful)

School Phone:                            Home Phone:                                Email:

School Principal:

Is your school close enough for students to walk to the middle school for occasional events? (not required, bussing
can be provided)

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     Beginning date of 2011-2012 school year:               School hours:

The Team of Teachers/Staff: The team of teachers (no fewer than 8) is the essential for the success for the Alliance
Project. Tip: Shared planning time and shared students generally allow higher success. Your teachers in the arts
should be included. Additional pages may be used.

 Name                              Subject Area                   Grade

  What are some of the strengths and resources this person can bring to the Team?

 Name                                          Subject Area                           Grade

  What are some of the strengths and resources this person can bring to the Team?

 Name                                          Subject Area                           Grade

  What are some of the strengths and resources this person can bring to the Team?

 Name                                          Subject Area                           Grade

  What are some of the strengths and resources this person can bring to the Team?

 Name                                          Subject Area                           Grade

  What are some of the strengths and resources this person can bring to the Team?

 Name                                          Subject Area                           Grade

  What are some of the strengths and resources this person can bring to the Team?

 Name                                          Subject Area                           Grade

  What are some of the strengths and resources this person can bring to the Team?

 Name                                          Subject Area                           Grade

  What are some of the strengths and resources this person can bring to the Team?

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Complete the following questions.

1. The mission of the Alliance Project is “to provide educational outreach partnering SCFD arts, cultural and
science organization with teachers in creating curriculum applications and learning opportunities for students
and professional development for teachers.”

   What benefit and results do you hope will result from participating in a program that brings organizations
into your school to assist with curriculum?

2. The Alliance Project exists to assist schools with developing curriculum applications for units of study.
   What are some of the major curriculum units your team will be covering?

 3. How well does your team know the SCC cultural organizations? Provide three examples of possible
educational programs from the SCC that would assist your teachers in one of the units mentioned above. Tip:
Samples of educational programs can be found in the “Directory of Educational Activities for Teachers and Schools”
Note: there are organizations in the SCC who do not participate in the Alliance Project – please use examples from
these only:
     Arvada Center, Butterfly Pavilion, Central City Opera, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, City of Aurora Cultural Services, Colorado Ballet,
                Colorado Children’s Chorale, Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Railroad Museum, Colorado Symphony,
         Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Lakewood Heritage, Culture and the Arts, MACC (Mizel Arts and Culture Center),
                     Mizel Museum, Opera Colorado, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and The Wildlife Experience

4. Is this an established team of teachers or one being developed for the grant? What is their history of
working together? What and how many students do they share? What grade level or grade levels?

5. Explain who will be the core group of students participating (including approximately how many and what
grades they represent.) Tip: This Project should work closely with a core group of students, not all of your
students. Maximum of 150 –175 students. This is not intended to serve the entire school.

6. Will this team be recognized as a school Committee to allow for planning time and release from other
Committees over the next year?

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7. The Alliance Project encourages the inclusion of elective/specialist teachers. Please indicate if you have full-
time or part-time teachers in these areas. (These positions are not required to participate)
Visual Arts ___ Full time ____ Part time            Technology        ___ Full time ____ Part time
Drama          ___ Full time ____ Part time         Physical Ed.      ___ Full time ____ Part time
Dance           ___ Full time ____ Part time         Foreign Lang. ___ Full time ____ Part time
Band             ___ Full time ____ Part time        Life Skills      ___ Full time ____ Part time
Orchestra       ___ Full time ____ Part time         Other? _________________________________
Choir          ___ Full time ____ Part time

8. What other initiatives, grants, or programs will your school have for 2011-2012?

9. What is the current relationship between your school and the partner school you have selected?

10. If you are a charter school,
      a. Your mission and focus
      b. Your facilities including art area, lab space and performance space.
      c. How long have you been in existence?

11. Why should the Alliance Project be awarded to your school and your partner school?

12. If your school receives this grant, how would you extend its value by sharing knowledge gained with other
teachers and staff that may be outside the team or outside your school?

12. How did you learn about the Alliance Project?

13. Other comments may be written and attached to this application.

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Fax this page to 303-825-2117 attention Charlotte D’Armond Talbert or Lisa Peterson

 “The above information is correct and I support our school in the Alliance Project. I understand that planning
time must be provided and that the team must have adequate support. We have followed our district guidelines
in the application for this grant.”

  Principal’s Signature:                                  Contact Teacher Signature:

   Print Principal’s name:

  Principal’s email:

 Please obtain the signature of the Partner School Principal and Contact Teacher

“We are committed to be active Partners during the Alliance Project. We will provide both a contact teacher and release
time for planning sessions.”

Partner School Principal’s Signature:                       Partner School Contact Teacher Signature:

   Print Principal’s name:

   Principal’s email:

Application submitted by:                 _________________________________
                                           Contact Person’s Signature

                         Applications must be received by Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

                                          Send to Charlotte D’Armond Talbert
                   Email the application as a Word attachment to and
                                         fax the signature page to 303-825-2117

   For more information or have questions, call Charlotte D’Armond Talbert at 303-519-7772

                       * Program pending funding approval by the SCC and the SCFD Board.

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