2015 Kauffman Fellows Awarded

Kansas City Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 13 Local Teachers 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.

Fund for Teachers awarded grants to 12 teachers representing 10 schools in 9 Kansas City school districts.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning 17 countries on 4 continents.
  • Topics range from a three-week road trip studying geologic formations through the Western United States to investigating best practices in math education in South Korea and Singapore.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Our passion for educating our students in both our native language and theirs came alive on our fellowship and has stayed with us throughout the school year,” said Kelly Gillean, 2014 Kansas City FFT Fellow. “Becoming more proficient in Spanish gave us the skills necessary to communicate with our students and their families, but learning in Mexico provided us with the cultural context to better understand their customs and struggles.” Kelly and three colleagues from Alta Vista Charter School used their FFT grant to develop abilities to speak, read and write in Spanish through the Spanish Institute of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico.

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers. This is the second year the national not-for-profit collaborated with the Kauffman Foundation 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.