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The LANL Foundation strongly supports public school education throughout Northern New Mexico through the K-12 Education Program, which serves nineteen public school districts as well as tribal schools and non-profits.

The K-12 Education Program has two main goals: Promoting the social and emotional well-being of students and teachers and preparing and growing teachers and education leaders.

The Thriving Students Program is a social emotional learning (SEL) professional development program offering a framework that supports educators to implement trauma informed practices within their classrooms, including developing safe and empathetic relationships with their students. Thriving Students has been instrumental in helping teachers and staff work through a trauma-informed lens to best support each other and the children in their school.

Teachers’ skills are also enhanced through participation in the National Board Certification for Local Teachers Program, which provides a scholarship and one-on-one support to teachers who are eligible to pursue their National Board Certification (NBC). NBCs nationally-respected, advanced teaching credential goes beyond state licensure. Research shows teachers who have achieved their NBC see increased student academic performance and success within the classroom.

An additional way that the K-12 Education Program supports teachers is by honoring them and recognizing their achievements through the Rio Arriba County & Pojoaque Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Centerra Los Alamos. This prestigious award recognizes those teachers in the region who have gone above and beyond with their students, schools and communities in their work to provide excellent educational opportunities.   

The K-12 Education Program has developed many projects through the years in partnership with various local partners. In addition, the K12 department aims to move education in Northern New Mexico forward through our Education Enrichment and Education Outreach grants, which provide general operation and project specific funding to tribes, districts, schools and non-profits in the region.

K-12 Programs

Growing and Supporting Teachers and Educational Leaders

Investing in Our Educators Teaching matters, and the LANL Foundation is committed to supporting those teachers and school leaders who are providing positive, engaging learning opportunities for students every day.   Through our grants , we support schools and non-profit organizations aiming to…

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Whole Child Development

The LANL Foundation is grounded in the belief that children are best served when their education encompasses culturally and linguistically sustaining practices that embrace the development of the whole child and social emotional learning. Out whole child development grants support organizations that…

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K-12 Initiatives

Group photo of Grants High School team. One of the winning teams, sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories. (Courtesy photo)

NMSU Announces 2022 NM Governor’s STEM Challenge Winners

More than 400 students participated in the fourth annual New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, a competition testing high school students’ ability to use science, technology, engineering and math to solve real-world problems. New Mexico State University hosted the hybrid format 2022 showcase, with the virtual event held Dec. 2 and the in-person event held Dec. 3 at NMSU’s Corbett Center. 
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Shilayia Antonio, 16, looks at her phone with her friend, Shanaeya Thomas, left, in the media area of Cuba High School. Antonio, a student who in the 2020-21 school year was experiencing housing instability, was among 53 students who participated in the pilot program giving conditional money for basic needs. (Eddie Moore/ Albuquerque Journal)

Update on One of Our Biggest Grants Yet

October 30, 2022 – In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LANL Foundation made a strategic decision to release more grant funding to support the students of Northern New Mexico. As part of this effort, we partnered with New…

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NMSU to host New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge Dec. 2-3, 2022

New Mexico State University will host the 2022 New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge Showcase event. The event will be held in a hybrid format with the virtual STEM Showcase Dec. 2, and the in-person STEM Showcase Dec. 3 at Corbett Center Student Union.    The NM Governor’s STEM Challenge partners include NMSU, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation and the New Mexico Public Education Department along with various industry partners from across the state.
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Thriving Students Training for Española Educators

Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute Founder & CEO Craig Pierce led a workshop on understanding how trauma interrupts brain development in children and how to work with traumatized students in the classroom. LANL Foundation is committed to preparing and supporting…

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National Board Certification for Local Teachers

LANL Foundation recognizes that the salaries of public school teachers do not match their dedication nor the importance of their work. In an effort to encourage teachers to elevate their earnings as well as their professional practice, the K-12 Program…

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Past Intitiatives

TESOL Teacher Certification

Melisha Martinez was on a very different career path before becoming an educator. Over 10 years while her three children were young, she worked her way up from desk clerk to manager at a Santa Fe hotel with a daily…

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Social Emotional Support for Educators

Teachers are always on the go. They are required to focus on the needs of their students throughout the day with minimal breaks and little time for themselves. With this fast pace comes stress, fatigue and lack of self care. “As…

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Hour of Code

More than 350 schools and community sites hosted Hour of Code learning events in New Mexico during national Computer Science Education Week, held December 3–7, 2018. New Mexico TechWorks and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) connected local volunteers with classrooms throughout…

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