2015 Wisconsin DPI Fellows Awarded

Wisconsin Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 47 Wisconsin 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 47 Wisconsin teachers representing 15 schools this year.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys in Croatia, Spain, Mexico, Samoa and the United States.
  • Topics range from observing youth social responsibility initiatives in the Balkan region to researching evidence-based interventions for learning disorders with experts at a seminar in Cape Cod.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Educators are so down trodden and discouraged at the climate of education.  To have this affirmation of who we are and what we do was amazing,” said Janet Key, teacher at Lowell Elementary in Milwaukee. “I cannot afford any professional development, especially nothing of the magnitude that Fund for Teachers made possible for me.  After my fellowship, I have a renewed sense of joy and am ready to embrace the evolving role of a science education teacher and leader.” With her Fund for Teachers grant last summer, Key participated in the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers in Washington D.C. to create inquiry-based units that foster thinkers and learners more fully engaged in their education.

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 $595,000 in grants to 233 Wisconsin teachers since 2010). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Wisconsin Department of Instruction to administer the grants throughout the state. 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.