2015 FFT MfA-NY Fellows Awarded

Math for America Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 7 MfA 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 7 Math for America teachers representing 6 NYC schools this year:

  • John Russell (Columbia Secondary School) will explore the confluence of the North American and Eurasian Plates through professionally-developed and college-guided fieldwork in Iceland to incorporate findings into Plate Tectonics units for 8th-12th grade Earth Science students;
  • Danielle Neubauer and Katelin Corbett (New Explorations into Science Technology and Math High School) will investigate in European Green cities the science, engineering and social awareness involved in urban sustainability and alternative energy sources to include engaging technical and global perspectives in current energy curricula;
  • Marianne Prabhu (Stuyvesant High School) will join data collection on the lionfish in Curacao and, afterward, hike in the Amazon River basin to  introduce biodiversity content through a specific lens that allows students to put new vocabulary and processes into real life scenarios;
  • Douglas Shuman (Brooklyn Technical High School) will research in France and Central Europe the experiences of Rene Descartes in military engineering and intelligence at the onset of the Thirty Years War to develop lessons stimulating students’ engagement in mathematics by focusing on the intellectual development of one of its greatest thinkers;
  • Eleanor Vierling (High School of Telecommunications Arts and Technology) will enroll in the Introduction to Infectious Disease Modeling and Its Applications course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and, afterward, interview scientists using statistics at NIH, Partners in Health and Yale School of Public Health to deepen understanding of statistics in the context of public health and epidemiology to help students make genuine connections between statistics and probability; and,
  • Arend Thorp (Beacon High School) will participate in two workshops (“Creating Art from Data” and “Code and Digital Fabrication”) at The Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO, to incorporate skills utilizing software and electronic components into technology and computer programming curricula.

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers. The national not-for-profit began collaborating with Math for America to administer grants in 2014.  For more information about the application process, national 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.