The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) identifies, recognizes and rewards excellent students, teachers, schools, and administrators through its programs.
Teacher of the Year
AEF’s Teacher of the Year Program is the only statewide program to spotlight and honor Arizona’s public school teachers. Each year AEF solicits applications from teachers statewide and honors 10 teachers at its annual awards luncheon in November.
A+ School of Excellence™ Program
The AEF A+ School of Excellence™ Program identifies, recognizes and celebrates outstanding Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade public schools that serve as models of overall educational excellence in Arizona.
Arizona Spelling Bee
Winners from every county in Arizona compete annually to determine who will represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Principals’ Leadership Academy of Arizona
This 9-month academy develops new and aspiring principals into effective schools leaders.
UnitED- Uniting Education and Business
Establishes, builds and maintains beneficial, meaningful, sustainable relationships between public education and business to positively affect students.
Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest
Winners of this creative writing contest for students in grades 7 through 12 are recognized at the Arizona State Capitol on Statehood Day.
Take Your Legislator To School
The Take Your Legislator to School program is an annual collaborative initiative lasting the entire month of September. Teachers invite local state legislators to spend a full day at their school to gain an intimate look at the day-to-day realities of public schools in Arizona. These visits help start meaningful conversations between policy makers and educators.