2015 Minneapolis Fellows Awarded

MPS Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 3 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 3 Minneapolis Public Schools teachers this year:

  • Margaret Preston (Bancroft Elementary) will observe the melding of Spanish and Andean cultures across the Cuzco region of Peru as reflected in the artistry of Andean textiles to hone language skills, broaden knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and work more effectively with the Spanish-speaking students and their families; and,
  • Michelle Bove and Sandra Jernberg (Pillsbury Elementary) will attend a Creativity Workshop in Crete to acquire tools for fostering creativity and transforming our advanced learners’ fear of failure into the practice of curiosity, imagination, flexible thinking and tenacity.

For a complete list of national grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“As teachers meeting educators and learners in Djibouti and Somaliland, we carried goals ranging from accessing culturally relevant curriculum, to interpersonal collaboration, to developing connections with experiences of students from the region, said the teaching team of Laura Byard, James Kindle and Kaitlin Lindsey, teachers at Sullivan K-8. “We were driven to challenge our assumptions about diverse cultural perspectives Somali students may bring to school experiences. Our fellowship helped us learn that cultural competence is a process and that we must learn with, from and about students’ cultures and specific background knowledge to develop effective instructional environments.” These teachers used their FFT grant to observe schools and home life in Northern Somalia under the guidance of a UN employee to extend language development, deepen cultural understanding and help assimilate refugee students from this region.

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers (including $523,000 in grants to 151 MPS teachers since 1999). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the AchieveMpls 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.