2015 Chicago Fellows Awarded

CPS Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 28 Teachers From 21 Local Schools for Self-Designed Fellowships

(HOUSTON) April 2, 2015 – Teachers work both as technicians teaching particular skills and intellectuals developing a love of learning.* To remain effective in both roles, teachers need development and inspiration. Fund for Teachers annually awards grants to preK-12 educators who address professional learning gaps through self-designed summer fellowships. Today, Fund for Teachers announces its list of 2015 Fellows.

  • 28 CPS teachers representing 21 schools received Fund for Teachers grants.
  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys to 18 countries spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
  • Topics range from attending a digital literacy workshop at the University of Rhode Island to participating in hands-on workshops with artist cooperatives in Morocco.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“As a teacher, I believe that it is critical to continually build upon my content knowledge and the best way of understanding science is to engage in scientific research,” said Kevin Krakovsky, teacher at Lincoln Park High School. “Joining field work and assisting with an ongoing study last summer an inspiration and provided a number of new projects to try in my classroom.” With his 2014 FFT grant, Krakovsky joined the Earthwatch Institute expedition “Of Mountains and Marmots: Climate Change in the French Alps” to engage in science as an active process, connect urban students to nature and provide tools they can use to approach science with a critical eye in regards to environmental issues.

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers (with $1.66 million in grants going to 431 CPS teachers since 2005). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Chicago Foundation for Education to administer the grants locally. For more information about the application process, grant winners or student outcomes, visit fundforteachers.org.

*Center for Public Education, Teaching the Teachers: Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability, 2013.