2015 New Visions Fellows Awarded

New York City Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 29 NYC 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 approximately $125,000 in grants to 29 NYC teachers representing 18 schools this year.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys in Croatia, Spain, Mexico, Samoa and the United States.
  • Topics range from exploring graffiti and other forms of street art in Chile and Argentina to investigating the impact of Bhutan’s Four Pillars of Gross National Happiness on students, education and the community.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Through my Fund for Teachers fellowship, I experienced a tremendous amount of content-based growth and gained a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of key events that occurred before and during World War II,” said Andrea Skafish, teacher at The Brooklyn Latin School.  “I also reflected on the roles and responsibilities of countries, groups, and individuals to preserve memories, and I came away with a reinvigorated understanding of the importance of education.” With her Fund for Teachers grant last summer, Skafish explored monuments, museums and battlefields in Spain and France significant to the Spanish Civil War and French Resistance movement to better understand and teach 20th century responses to fascism for International Baccalaureate courses.

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 more than $3.2 million in grants to 737 New York City teachers since 2003). The national not-for-profit collaborates with New Visions for Public Schools 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.