Happy New Year of Learning!

Here’s to our 2017 FFT Fellows who designed learning in 88 countries on 6 continents. Watch how a few of our 546 grant recipients explored climate change, history, STEAM, literacy, archaeology, social justice and world cultures and languages. They now are applying their experiences and insight to inspire 11,000 public, private and charter students in 341 schools across the country.

A Year of Learning

Apply for a Teacher Travel Grant This Summer

Original article appears on Edutopia, accessible here.

Summer is the perfect time to research and apply for a teacher travel grant. The key is to look in the right places and write a compelling application. Then, once you win an award, you might find yourself kayaking the length of the Mississippi River while developing a river ecology unit. (At least, that’s what one teacher did with a Fund for Teachers grant.)

To help you get started, here are some tips for writing winning proposals, inspiring articles, and a list of interesting travel grants that you might want to consider.

The Best Places to Look

Edutopia has covered travel grants in the past. Be sure to check out our blog posts on the subject, including Teacher-Tested Travel Grants, Five-Minute Film Festival: Travel for Teachers, and No-Cost Teacher Travel for more grant-writing tips and funding sources.

Plus, the Institute for International Education is an organization that anyone interested in educational travel should get to know. In addition to administering tons of interesting travel grant programs, the IIE is also a source for research, policy updates, and relevant resources for teachers.

  • Grosvenor Teacher Fellowships From National Geographic: Each year, National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions take K-12 geography teachers on expeditions around the world. Usually, 25 educators are selected for fellowship trips each year, and participants travel to exotic locations and participate in professional development and curriculum-building activities.
  • Fund for Teachers Fellowships: Fund for Teachers fellowships enable educators to design their own professional development programs. International and domestic travel are often included in grant proposals, and FFT has been supporting these grants since 2001. Additionally, FFT has links to some other great travel fellowships.
  • Global Classrooms Program From IREX: This Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program is a year-long cultural exchange for middle and high school teachers. The program includes intensive training, an international field experience, and a global education symposium in Washington, D.C.
  • Toyota International Teacher Program: This program from Toyota and administered by IIE combines international travel and environmental education. Through the program, secondary educators from U.S. schools go on two- or three-week trips to learn about environmental issues and innovative solutions for environmental challenges.
  • Einstein Distinguished Fellows Program in STEM: The Einstein program enables teachers to advocate for STEM on Capitol Hill and/or Congressional offices for up to a year. The application process for the 2015-2016 school year opened in fall 2014.

Other Great Travel Grant Sources

  • Travel the World With Grants Just for Educators: This article from the National Education Association features ten scholarships designed to help teachers travel the world. Included are program details, funding amounts, and eligibility requirements for applications.
  • 35 Travel Grants and Other Travel Opportunities for Teachers and Education Professionals: Travel Beyond Excuse is a blog that is “helping teachers who want to travel.” This article features 35 sources for teacher travel grants, and in addition, you’ll find tons of ideas and strategies for traveling on the cheap.
  • Travel Grants From Teaching Traveling: Another website dedicated to education travel, Teaching Traveling is a great source of inspiration for educators looking for travel funding. In addition to the site’s Travel Grants section, you’ll find inspiring interviews with “teacher-travelers,” as well as ideas and tips for securing funding.

Writing an Awesome Application

TN Teacher Makes News, Promotes FFT Grants

Prior to an event recognizing the learning of our Chattanooga Fellows, a local new station highlighted the fellowship of one teacher who pursued literacy instruction at Columbia University. Watch her interview here.

$10K Trip for Education

2 N.J. teachers won a $10K trip to Fiji for education

Original article appears on NJ.com, accessible here

Posted August 12, 2015

By: Laura Herzog

JERSEY CITY – When Learning Community Charter School teachers Emily Litman and Joan Buonafide received word this April that they had won a $10,000 grant to go to Fiji, it was an out-of-body experience.

“(Emily) came flying down the hall,” said Buonafide, a seventh and eighth grade science teacher. “It was like ‘Oh my God.’ It was unbelievable.”

Earlier this year, they were discussing proposals for an educational travel grant fromFund for Teachers, an organization Litman found online that has invested $22 million in nearly 6,000 teachers. Fiji was their shoot-for-the-stars dream destination, the teachers said.

To continue reading, click here

Contra Costa Times: Oakland Teachers Receive Grants

Six Oakland school teachers receive summer professional development grants

Original article appears on Contra Costa Times, accessible here

Posted: 07/07/2015

By Theresa Harrington

OAKLAND — Six Oakland school district teachers from five schools have received summer professional development grants through the Fund for Teachers.

The grants were awarded based on the teachers’ ideas for training to help them inspire students when they return to their classrooms.

To continue reading, click here

Local teacher ‘turns off’ lights so that South Africans can ‘turn on’ theirs

Local teacher ‘turns off’ lights so that South Africans can ‘turn on’ theirs

Original article appears on Citizen Standard, accessible here.

Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Managing Editor

VALLEY VIEW – Tri-Valley High school teacher Pam Ulicny has teamed up with a solar energy entrepreneur to develop a financially feasible way for South Africans in poverty to afford clean, safe solar power as a substitute for conventionally used kerosene lanterns.

During a trip to South Africa in 2011 (courtesy of the Toyota International Teacher Program), ‘Mrs. U.’ as she is referred to by her high school students, was lucky enough to have the trip of a lifetime. It was during that trip that her life was forever changed.

To continue reading about Mrs. U and her fellowship, click here.

Fellowship let two teachers expand their knowledge

Fellowship let two teachers expand their knowledge

Original article appears on Stillwater News Press, accessible here.

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stillwater News Press

Two teachers, Susan Weaver, Highland Park Elementary and Sheila McMurry, Meridian Technology Center, were awarded grants by Fund for Teachers to use on summer fellowships.

What fellowship will you be doing?

Weaver: I will be participating in Cedarsong’s Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training Program on Vashon Island, Washington. Their mission is to “inspire and educate others about how to successfully implement a nature immersion program” with young children. I will be working with the school’s director, Erin Kenny, an expert in integrating a commitment to nature time every day within preschool programs.

McMurry:  She will spend a week in Burbank, California, working side-by-side with young filmmakers and industry experts to produce a short film.

To continue reading the Q&A with Weaver and McMurry, click here.

Improvements Beyond Test Scores

In the summer of 2012, Stacey Callaway and Erin Lloyd, attended the Boothbay Literacy Retreat in Boothbay Harbor, ME, to learn strategies for engaging a “generation of nervous writers” and turning classrooms into highly literate reading and writing workshops, as Fund for Teachers grant recipients.

Today’s Teacher Column in the Midland Reporter-Telegram, written by Stacey (and inspired by Erin), echoes the voices of many Fund for Teachers Fellows and the pitfalls in standardized testing.

“…students are much more than just the product of their scores.”

To read the article, visit the Midland Reporter-Telegram website.