2015 San Francisco Fellows Awarded

SFUSD Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 15 Teachers From 9 Schools 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.

  • 15 SFUSD teachers representing 9 schools received Fund for Teachers grants.
  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys to spanning North America, Africa and Asia.
  • Topics range from attending the Buck Institute’s project-based learning conference in Northern California to investigating how traumatized students in Rwandan schools learn coping skills through social emotional learning curriculum.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“I chose to travel to Berlin in search of innovative ways to better support LGBTQ students and to instill a sense of self-direction and leadership into the Gay Straight Alliance at my high school,” said Taica Hsu, teacher at Mission High School. “After working with LAMBDA and other LGBTQ organizations in Berlin – including GLADT, Kombi and Queer Format – one of the many things I learned is that public school teachers are required to attend trainings on how to support LGBTQ youth and make the classroom more inclusive of all identities. After speaking to facilitators about this training and observing some with students, I was inspired by the passion and depth of content and am grateful to be bringing these ideas back to my school site and district.”

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers (with $717,000 in grants going to more than 200 SFUSD teachers since 2005). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the San Francisco 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.