2015 Saint Paul Fellows Awarded

SPPS Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 12 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 12 teachers representing 11 Saint Paul Public Schools.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning 10 countries in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
  • Topics range from researching treaties and land grants among the Lakota Sioux, Blackfoot and Salish Peoples of the Northwest United States to observing the history and culture of Karen people exiled to refugee camps in Thailand.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Walking in the footsteps of freedom fighters and peace-makers in both South Africa and the American South inspired me to create a classroom centered around equity, dignity, and social justice,” said Emily Kjesbo-Johnson, teacher at Washington Technology Secondary. “The insights I gained tinted the lens though which I understand my interactions students and our school community. There are no easy solutions in this struggle, but I approached my teaching this year with a renewed sense of purpose, dedication, and commitment.” With her FFT grant, Emily explored how South Africa’s history of Apartheid continues to affect issues of racial injustice, self- worth, motivation and academic achievement to inform discussions on social justice and build a math curriculum based on the principals of reconciliation.

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 $675,000 in grants to 177 SPPS teachers since 2002). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Saint Paul Public Schools 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.