2015 Oakland Fellows Awarded

OUSD Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 8 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 8 teachers representing 5 schools in the Oakland Unified School District.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning 6 countries on 3 continents.
  • Topics range from an Orff music course in San Francisco to an eight-week intensive Arabic language/cultural immersion experience in Morocco.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Our fellowship pushed our understanding of Thai-Burmese refugee students’ educational context,” said Ryann Pollack, who last summer, along with colleague Courtney Couvreur, researched the background of their students at Oakland International High School. “For example, we discovered that for many in the refugee camps in Thailand, the goal of education is to learn to follow rules and give back to the community, and that many students do not even take math. Our Burmese refugee students come to the US with educational baggage; after our FFT fellowship, we are better equipped to help them unpack it.”

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 $667,000 in grants to 168 OUSD teachers since 2001). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Marcus Foster Education Fund 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.