Teachers Innovate with Self-Designed Grants

Fund for Teachers awards 546 teachers $2.1 million to design relevant learning

April 6 (HOUSTON) – Fund for Teachers, one of the nation’s largest investors in teacher learning and leadership, has awarded $2.1 million to 546 preK-12 teachers from across the country for self-designed fellowships to support student success, enrich their practice and strengthen their schools and communities.

Unique to this grant opportunity, teachers submit projects and destinations they believe best address specific achievement gaps – theirs and/or their students. Since 2001, more than 7,400 preK-12 teachers have leveraged
$27.5 million in Fund for Teachers grants into relevant learning for students and best practices for peers.

This year, grant recipients designed summer learning experiences spanning six continents and ranging from STEAM to language/cultural immersion to socio-emotional learning. Grant recipients’ most common fellowship destination is North America; themes include immigration, storytelling and social justice. A complete list of Fellows is available at fundforteachers.org.

“This fellowship changed the way I think about being a scientist; which in turn, changed the way I think about educating my students to become scientists,” said Kristin Knight Burrus, teacher at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. “Collaborating with professionals in various STEM fields during our fellowship provided a perspective that cannot be learned in books.” Last summer with colleague Janie Fossett, Kristin explored the geology, engineering and architecture associated with San Francisco’s “safe buildings” to develop a cross-curricular, multi-grade student exhibit involving students in middle school science, high school geometry and a peer mentor program.

“Teachers who model a passion for life-long learning inspire the same in their students,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “The experiences, skills and knowledge gained by Fund for Teachers Fellows influence students’ education and achievements. The ripple effect of one fellowship can impact students and school communities for decades.”

Teachers may begin applying for 2018 Fund for Teachers grant on the organization’s website beginning October 1, 2017. For more information, visit fundforteachers.org or fundforteachers.tumblr.com.

The Ford Family Foundation and FFT

Original release appears on tfff.org, accessible here.

February 12, 2016: The Ford Family Foundation is bringing the national Fund for Teachers grant program to Douglas County, Oregon, to support teacher-designed educational experiences that impact their practice, students and school communities.

This is the first year that the Foundation, in partnership with Fund for Teachers, is providing this opportunity to Douglas County public school teachers. Up to $50,000 total will be awarded to teachers in Douglas County.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Eight Norwalk teachers win grants

Eight Norwalk teachers win grants from Fund for Teachers program

Original article appears on The Hour (online), accessible here.

Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hour Staff Writer

NORWALK — This summer, eight Norwalk public schoolteachers will set out on the journeys of their educational careers. And, they expect to come back better at their crafts because of it.

On Thursday, the eight were surprised to learn they were selected as recipients of this year’s Fund for Teachers program. The program annually provides grants to fund preK-12 teachers, who self-designed a traveling, professional learning experience.

The program awarded more than $34,000 in grants to all eight Norwalk teachers.

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