The Mikkelson Education Fund and The Mikkelson Foundation provide support for groups and organizations that develop and deliver programs for the improvement of teachers' technical knowledge and skills.
We believe that an extremely important element for improving the level of science and mathematics competence is to generate in students the desire to learn and understand how things work. Increased interest in science can be encouraged by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher who can make the subject matter relevant and understandable. Our goal is to provide such teachers with opportunities to renew or advance their knowledge and enthusiasm, with the expectation that a few more students will be inspired to follow technical careers, or at least become more technically astute.
Our primary interest is in preparing students for success in technical fields that require a strong understanding and competence in advanced mathematics and science. Our focus is on the improvement of the individual teacher's academic and technical skills, and on hands-on learning experiences in science and mathematics. Supporting programs which provide scientific and technical training of teachers helps to achieve our goals.
The Mikkelson Education Fund provides grants to non-profit groups, organizations, and institutions which provide teacher training experiences consistent with the Fund's objectives. The Mikkelson Education Fund generally provides support for existing programs and a small number of participants. We primarily support educational requests in Colorado. Through the Mikkelson Education Fund we expect to be able to support two to three group or institutional programs each year. Grants will be evaluated on the basis of the suitability of the program or project to further the goals of The Mikkelson Education Fund.
For more information go to The Mikkelson Education Fund.
The Mikkelson Foundation works on longer
term projects with institutions to develop and present programs for
teacher training. Additionally, The Mikkelson Foundation funds some
groups and organizations which provide teacher training experiences
consistent with the Foundation's objectives.
The Mikkelson Foundation currently supports four institutional programs.
For more information go to The Mikkelson Foundation.
For some examples of the programs we support go to Programs.