Happy New Year of Learning!

Here’s to our 2017 FFT Fellows who designed learning in 88 countries on 6 continents. Watch how a few of our 546 grant recipients explored climate change, history, STEAM, literacy, archaeology, social justice and world cultures and languages. They now are applying their experiences and insight to inspire 11,000 public, private and charter students in 341 schools across the country.

A Year of Learning

Visit Our Blog for Newest Stories

Beginning in 2017, we realized our grant recipients’ stories far outstripped the confines of a quarterly newsletter. Therefore, please visit the blog section of our site for our newest Fellow stories of student impact.

Teachers Innovate with Self-Designed Grants

Fund for Teachers awards 546 teachers $2.1 million to design relevant learning

April 6 (HOUSTON) – Fund for Teachers, one of the nation’s largest investors in teacher learning and leadership, has awarded $2.1 million to 546 preK-12 teachers from across the country for self-designed fellowships to support student success, enrich their practice and strengthen their schools and communities.

Unique to this grant opportunity, teachers submit projects and destinations they believe best address specific achievement gaps – theirs and/or their students. Since 2001, more than 7,400 preK-12 teachers have leveraged
$27.5 million in Fund for Teachers grants into relevant learning for students and best practices for peers.

This year, grant recipients designed summer learning experiences spanning six continents and ranging from STEAM to language/cultural immersion to socio-emotional learning. Grant recipients’ most common fellowship destination is North America; themes include immigration, storytelling and social justice. A complete list of Fellows is available at fundforteachers.org.

“This fellowship changed the way I think about being a scientist; which in turn, changed the way I think about educating my students to become scientists,” said Kristin Knight Burrus, teacher at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. “Collaborating with professionals in various STEM fields during our fellowship provided a perspective that cannot be learned in books.” Last summer with colleague Janie Fossett, Kristin explored the geology, engineering and architecture associated with San Francisco’s “safe buildings” to develop a cross-curricular, multi-grade student exhibit involving students in middle school science, high school geometry and a peer mentor program.

“Teachers who model a passion for life-long learning inspire the same in their students,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “The experiences, skills and knowledge gained by Fund for Teachers Fellows influence students’ education and achievements. The ripple effect of one fellowship can impact students and school communities for decades.”

Teachers may begin applying for 2018 Fund for Teachers grant on the organization’s website beginning October 1, 2017. For more information, visit fundforteachers.org or fundforteachers.tumblr.com.

Newsletter – Volume 12, Winter 2016

Read how self-directed teachers designed and pursued fellowships now impacting students’ digital literacy, health and wellness, environmental literacy, artistry, problem solving and global awareness.

Read the latest issue of Odyssey, here.


Newsletter – Volume 12, Fall 2016

Read the latest issue of Odyssey, here.


Newsletter – Volume 12, Summer 2016

The Summer Olympics, migration and gender awareness top today’s headlines and this issue of Odyssey. More than 500 FFT Fellows are pursuing relevant, timely learning this summer – get inspired by a few of their stories here.

Read the latest issue of Odyssey, here.


Newsletter – Volume 12, Spring 2016

Read the latest issue of Odyssey, here.


The Ford Family Foundation and FFT

Original release appears on tfff.org, accessible here.

February 12, 2016: The Ford Family Foundation is bringing the national Fund for Teachers grant program to Douglas County, Oregon, to support teacher-designed educational experiences that impact their practice, students and school communities.

This is the first year that the Foundation, in partnership with Fund for Teachers, is providing this opportunity to Douglas County public school teachers. Up to $50,000 total will be awarded to teachers in Douglas County.

Continue reading, here.