FFT Fellow Receives White House Award

FFT Fellow Erik Fogel accompanied his students to the White House to accept the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. The NYC Urban Debate League, an after school program Erik founded, is one of 12 school groups awarded and will receive a $10,000 prize. Erik applied two Fund for Teachers fellowships toward establishing and growing this program: first in 2007 at Dartmouth College’s Debate Institute and in 2011 at the International Society for Technology in Education conference where he pursued technology relevant to debate team research.

FFT Fellow Erik Fogel and Ashley Meija, member of the New York City Urban Debate League, accepting their award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Read more about Erik’s award, here.

Richard Dreyfuss Speaks Up for Teachers

Academy Award winner speaks up for teachers in Houston, raises $620,000

Culture Map Houston
by, Shelby Hodge

Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss with honoree Walt Smith and event co-chairs Vicki and Steve Farris.

With an acting career spanning decades, Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss focuses today on education, working through his Dreyfuss Initiative to put civics education back in classrooms across the country. That was the focus of his straightforward talk at the Fund For Teachers dinner at Hotel ZaZa.
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FFT Board Member and Partner Named Ashoka Fellows

Fund for Teachers congratulates two of the newest Ashoka Fellows: FFT Board member and Strive leader (local partner), Jeff Edmondson and Scott Hartl, President, long-time local partner Expeditionary Learning. Jeff and Scott are making a tremendous impact in the world, and at Fund for Teachers.

To learn more about Jeff and Scott’s work, Forbes has posted a description of each of this year’s winners.

Fellow Moves Audience at Annual Fundraiser

Fund for Teachers annual fundraiser, Food for Thought, was a huge success thanks in great part to the moving speech given by Houston Fellow, Patricia Greenleaf. Watch as Patricia shares her fellowship’s impact on her teaching and the many at-risk students she serves.