Newsletter – Volume 9, Holiday 2013

The holiday tradition of re-gifting takes on a positive light when education is the gift. In this edition of Odyssey, Fellows share how their FFT grant continues to open opportunities for their students.

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Teacher Visits WWII Sites on Fund for Teachers Fellowship; Discovers Grandfather’s Photo in RAF Museum

While researching D-Day sites across England and France on his Fund for Teachers fellowship, a Chicago teacher discovers a photo of his grandfather hanging in a wartime museum. He now uses his grandfather’s service to guide students’ exploration of World War II and the overarching question, “What makes people brave?”

Last July, with a Fund for Teachers grant, Dan Lundak set out to retrace his grandfather’s D-Day experience. The American History teacher planned to use his research to help eighth graders at Chicago’s Sauganash Elementary School personally connect with World War II. The pilgrimage grew more personal than expected, however, upon discovering his grandfather’s photograph hanging in a wartime museum.

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FFT Founder Honored by Houston Technology Center

The Houston Technology Center (HTC), announced it will honor Fund for Teachers founder, Raymond Plank, at their “A Celebration of Entrepreneurs” gala. This annual event honors Houston entrepreneurs who have made a significant impact in the community. Learn more about the event, here.

Teacher Prepares Students to Become Future Chemistry Nobel Laureates

Fund For Teachers Grant Turns Oklahoma Science Teacher into Scientist at UC Berkeley Chemistry Department Lab; Researches Under International Expert in Protein Synthesis to Model Fundamentals of Biochemistry for Students and Encourage Careers in Science

The newly announced Nobel Laureates in chemistry relied on research conducted in the 1970s to develop their award-winning work. Jan Post wanted his students at the Oklahoma School for Science and Math to comprehend this relationship between years of research and results – so he became part of the process this summer using a Fund for Teachers grant.

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Grants Now Available for 2014 Summer Learning

National nonprofit tells preK-12 teachers “It’s Your Turn to Learn” — Invites teachers to design unique fellowships that pursue new knowledge and hone skills to advance student achievement. Individuals eligible for grants up to $5,000; teams $10,000.

Houston, TX – October 1, 2013 Teachers committed to expanding their knowledge and increasing student engagement are invited to apply for 2014 Fund for Teachers grants beginning today. These grants allow preK-12 teachers to design and pursue summer learning experiences that meet specific learning gaps – theirs and/or their students’. As a result, teachers (or Fellows) return to classrooms with insights, energy and abilities that directly advance student achievement.

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Newsletter – Volume 9, Fall 2013

We know that teaching is an art and a science; teachers are creative and committed to their craft. As evidenced by stories in this issue of Odyssey, effortful practice for these teachers included becoming a propellant in a physics experiment, assimilating into a different culture and returning to the role of student in a seminar. The complexity and the perseverance exercised in the pursuit of new knowledge make these, and all of our Fellows, leaders in their field.

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Newsletter – Volume 9, Summer 2013

We ask so much of our teachers, trusting them to be first responders, fully expecting them to guide every student toward futures as prepared, productive citizens of a global economy. In this issue of Odyssey, we recognize Fellows from across the country doing just that—and so much more.

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Thanking Teachers By Awarding $2 Million in Grants for Summer Fellowships

National nonprofit Fund for Teachers believes the key to improving teacher effectiveness lies in asking what teachers need to improve, then funding their individual growth strategies. For Teacher Appreciation Week, Fund for Teachers distributes $2 million in grants to 500+ teachers to narrow achievement gaps and enhance learning in 350 classrooms across the country.

Across the country this week, gift cards, cookies, bouquets and lattés remind teachers that they matter. National nonprofit Fund for Teachers joins the Teacher Appreciation Week celebration by distributing checks totaling $2 million to more than 500 preK-12 teachers for their self-designed summer fellowships.

2013 Houston Fellows

A complete list of grant winners, along with their fellowship descriptions, is available at fundforteachers.org.

Fund for Teachers’ approach to improving teacher effectiveness involves recognizing and rewarding educators’ innovative ideas for improvement. Instead of applying a top-down, unilateral approach to professional development, Fund for Teachers asks individual teachers what they need to succeed. Teachers annually propose solutions for narrowing achievement gaps – theirs or their students’ – by pursuing new behavioral strategies, instructional techniques, curriculum enhancements or scholarly advancement. Fund for Teachers then supports teachers’ growth plans by funding summer odysseys to locations ranging from hometowns to distant continents.

Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has awarded $20 million in grants to more than 5,000 preK-12 teachers.

“Effective teachers model for their students a growth mindset of inquiry, engagement, and achievement,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “Fund for Teachers grants represent exemplary educators’ efforts to analyze growth areas, develop strategies for improvement and pursue deeper learning to leverage greater student success.”

When school lets out for the summer, Fund for Teachers grant recipients become the students – conducting field research, volunteering with community organizations, mastering new skills, strengthening command of a subject. Each self-designed fellowship increases teachers’ competency, confidence, and commitment to teaching. Most importantly, these odysseys culminate in broadened perspectives that directly transfer to students, classrooms and school communities.

The online application for 2014 grants is available beginning October 1, 2013. For more information, visit fundforteachers.org.

About Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the world that impact their practice, students and school communities.

Teachers in the following locations are currently eligible for Fund for Teachers grants: Alabama, Boston, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Minneapolis, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York City, Oakland, Oklahoma, San Francisco, Texas, Washington DC, Wisconsin and Wyoming.