2015 Oklahoma Fellows Awarded

Oklahoma Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 44 Oklahoma 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 44 Oklahoma teachers representing 32 schools in 24 districts.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning 14 countries on 3 continents.
  • Topics range from a film production workshop in Hollywood to a cultural study of the Marshall Islands.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

With his 2014 FFT grant, Vic Rook (teacher at Moore High School) investigated the past, present and future of Silicon Valley to explore the relationship of education and technology as allies in a mission to help students and teachers become successful, well informed, responsible citizens of the digital age.  “Every day of my fellowship, I washed the dust of daily life off of my soul,” said Rook. “I am now more equipped to help students understand that the world of technology is real and created by people just like us. Most of all, it is a world of opportunity with doors wide open, waiting for the inspiration of our students to carry them through to a promising tomorrow.”

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 $3.2 million in grants to 975 Oklahoma teachers since 2002). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Oklahoma Foundation for Education and the Tulsa Community Foundation 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.