2015 L.A. Area Fellows Awarded

Los Angeles-Area Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 13 Teachers From 11 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.

  • 13 Los Angeles-area teachers representing 11 schools received Fund for Teachers grants this year.
  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys to 9 countries spanning North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
  • Topics range from attending a special education conference in Minneapolis to investigating conservation efforts in Southwest China.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“My Fund for Teachers fellowship allowed me to further develop my understanding and appreciation of Twain as the ‘Father of American Literature,’ his influence on realism in literature and to be able to share this with my students,” said Leslie Schippert, English teacher at Edison Middle School. “By becoming a beginning scholar of Mark Twain, I am developing and applying my new knowledge by creating engaging activities that give students a virtual tour of the author’s life and foster their understanding of literature, writing and American history.” With her FFT grant last summer, Schippert research Twain’s life and work in museums and historically-significant sites across the country (including the 58th Annual National Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal, MO, and the Jumping Frog Jubilee in Calaveras County, CA) to enhance literature units with historical context and personal insights.

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 $718,000 in grants going to 206 Los Angeles teachers since 2005). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Los Angeles Education Partnership 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.