2015 Oklahoma Fellows Awarded

Oklahoma Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 44 Oklahoma 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 44 Oklahoma teachers representing 32 schools in 24 districts.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning 14 countries on 3 continents.
  • Topics range from a film production workshop in Hollywood to a cultural study of the Marshall Islands.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

With his 2014 FFT grant, Vic Rook (teacher at Moore High School) investigated the past, present and future of Silicon Valley to explore the relationship of education and technology as allies in a mission to help students and teachers become successful, well informed, responsible citizens of the digital age.  “Every day of my fellowship, I washed the dust of daily life off of my soul,” said Rook. “I am now more equipped to help students understand that the world of technology is real and created by people just like us. Most of all, it is a world of opportunity with doors wide open, waiting for the inspiration of our students to carry them through to a promising tomorrow.”

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 $3.2 million in grants to 975 Oklahoma teachers since 2002). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Oklahoma Foundation for Education and the Tulsa Community 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.

2015 New Visions Fellows Awarded

New York City Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 29 NYC 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 approximately $125,000 in grants to 29 NYC teachers representing 18 schools this year.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys in Croatia, Spain, Mexico, Samoa and the United States.
  • Topics range from exploring graffiti and other forms of street art in Chile and Argentina to investigating the impact of Bhutan’s Four Pillars of Gross National Happiness on students, education and the community.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Through my Fund for Teachers fellowship, I experienced a tremendous amount of content-based growth and gained a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of key events that occurred before and during World War II,” said Andrea Skafish, teacher at The Brooklyn Latin School.  “I also reflected on the roles and responsibilities of countries, groups, and individuals to preserve memories, and I came away with a reinvigorated understanding of the importance of education.” With her Fund for Teachers grant last summer, Skafish explored monuments, museums and battlefields in Spain and France significant to the Spanish Civil War and French Resistance movement to better understand and teach 20th century responses to fascism for International Baccalaureate courses.

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 $3.2 million in grants to 737 New York City teachers since 2003). The national not-for-profit collaborates with New Visions for Public Schools 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.

2015 Minneapolis Fellows Awarded

MPS Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 3 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 3 Minneapolis Public Schools teachers this year:

  • Margaret Preston (Bancroft Elementary) will observe the melding of Spanish and Andean cultures across the Cuzco region of Peru as reflected in the artistry of Andean textiles to hone language skills, broaden knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and work more effectively with the Spanish-speaking students and their families; and,
  • Michelle Bove and Sandra Jernberg (Pillsbury Elementary) will attend a Creativity Workshop in Crete to acquire tools for fostering creativity and transforming our advanced learners’ fear of failure into the practice of curiosity, imagination, flexible thinking and tenacity.

For a complete list of national grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“As teachers meeting educators and learners in Djibouti and Somaliland, we carried goals ranging from accessing culturally relevant curriculum, to interpersonal collaboration, to developing connections with experiences of students from the region, said the teaching team of Laura Byard, James Kindle and Kaitlin Lindsey, teachers at Sullivan K-8. “We were driven to challenge our assumptions about diverse cultural perspectives Somali students may bring to school experiences. Our fellowship helped us learn that cultural competence is a process and that we must learn with, from and about students’ cultures and specific background knowledge to develop effective instructional environments.” These teachers used their FFT grant to observe schools and home life in Northern Somalia under the guidance of a UN employee to extend language development, deepen cultural understanding and help assimilate refugee students from this region.

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 $523,000 in grants to 151 MPS teachers since 1999). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the AchieveMpls 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.

2015 FFT MfA-NY Fellows Awarded

Math for America Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 7 MfA 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 7 Math for America teachers representing 6 NYC schools this year:

  • John Russell (Columbia Secondary School) will explore the confluence of the North American and Eurasian Plates through professionally-developed and college-guided fieldwork in Iceland to incorporate findings into Plate Tectonics units for 8th-12th grade Earth Science students;
  • Danielle Neubauer and Katelin Corbett (New Explorations into Science Technology and Math High School) will investigate in European Green cities the science, engineering and social awareness involved in urban sustainability and alternative energy sources to include engaging technical and global perspectives in current energy curricula;
  • Marianne Prabhu (Stuyvesant High School) will join data collection on the lionfish in Curacao and, afterward, hike in the Amazon River basin to  introduce biodiversity content through a specific lens that allows students to put new vocabulary and processes into real life scenarios;
  • Douglas Shuman (Brooklyn Technical High School) will research in France and Central Europe the experiences of Rene Descartes in military engineering and intelligence at the onset of the Thirty Years War to develop lessons stimulating students’ engagement in mathematics by focusing on the intellectual development of one of its greatest thinkers;
  • Eleanor Vierling (High School of Telecommunications Arts and Technology) will enroll in the Introduction to Infectious Disease Modeling and Its Applications course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and, afterward, interview scientists using statistics at NIH, Partners in Health and Yale School of Public Health to deepen understanding of statistics in the context of public health and epidemiology to help students make genuine connections between statistics and probability; and,
  • Arend Thorp (Beacon High School) will participate in two workshops (“Creating Art from Data” and “Code and Digital Fabrication”) at The Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO, to incorporate skills utilizing software and electronic components into technology and computer programming curricula.

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers. The national not-for-profit began collaborating with Math for America to administer grants in 2014.  For more information about the application process, national 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.

2015 Kauffman Fellows Awarded

Kansas City Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 13 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 10 schools in 9 Kansas City school districts.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning 17 countries on 4 continents.
  • Topics range from a three-week road trip studying geologic formations through the Western United States to investigating best practices in math education in South Korea and Singapore.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Our passion for educating our students in both our native language and theirs came alive on our fellowship and has stayed with us throughout the school year,” said Kelly Gillean, 2014 Kansas City FFT Fellow. “Becoming more proficient in Spanish gave us the skills necessary to communicate with our students and their families, but learning in Mexico provided us with the cultural context to better understand their customs and struggles.” Kelly and three colleagues from Alta Vista Charter School used their FFT grant to develop abilities to speak, read and write in Spanish through the Spanish Institute of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico.

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers. This is the second year the national not-for-profit collaborated with the Kauffman 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.

2015 Houston Area Fellows Awarded

Houston-Area Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 39 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 39 teachers representing 32 schools in 11 Houston-area school districts.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning the continents of North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
  • Topics range from following the North Star from Detroit to Canada chronicling slaves’ freedom journey to researching sustainable food/organic gardening in the first Zero-Waste town of Capanoori, Italy.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“When we explain to others that we studied how the United Kingdom’s education system includes yoga in classrooms, we’re often met with a puzzled look and the question, ‘Why yoga?’” said Jill Charrier, teacher at Hinojosa Early Childhood/PreK. “We saw that our students of poverty brought bigger emotional, behavioral and social difficulties into our classrooms. Taking insight from successful practices in England and Northern Ireland, we’re now motivating students to become more active, enhancing their concentration and giving them tools for stress management.”

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 $2.2 million going to 558 educators in the Houston-area since 2001.) 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.

2015 L.A. Area Fellows Awarded

Los Angeles-Area Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 13 Teachers From 11 Local 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.

  • 13 Los Angeles-area teachers representing 11 schools received Fund for Teachers grants this year.
  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys to 9 countries spanning North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
  • Topics range from attending a special education conference in Minneapolis to investigating conservation efforts in Southwest China.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“My Fund for Teachers fellowship allowed me to further develop my understanding and appreciation of Twain as the ‘Father of American Literature,’ his influence on realism in literature and to be able to share this with my students,” said Leslie Schippert, English teacher at Edison Middle School. “By becoming a beginning scholar of Mark Twain, I am developing and applying my new knowledge by creating engaging activities that give students a virtual tour of the author’s life and foster their understanding of literature, writing and American history.” With her FFT grant last summer, Schippert research Twain’s life and work in museums and historically-significant sites across the country (including the 58th Annual National Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal, MO, and the Jumping Frog Jubilee in Calaveras County, CA) to enhance literature units with historical context and personal insights.

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 $718,000 in grants going to 206 Los Angeles teachers since 2005). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Los Angeles Education Partnership 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.

2015 Chicago Fellows Awarded

CPS Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 28 Teachers From 21 Local 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.

  • 28 CPS teachers representing 21 schools received Fund for Teachers grants.
  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys to 18 countries spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
  • Topics range from attending a digital literacy workshop at the University of Rhode Island to participating in hands-on workshops with artist cooperatives in Morocco.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“As a teacher, I believe that it is critical to continually build upon my content knowledge and the best way of understanding science is to engage in scientific research,” said Kevin Krakovsky, teacher at Lincoln Park High School. “Joining field work and assisting with an ongoing study last summer an inspiration and provided a number of new projects to try in my classroom.” With his 2014 FFT grant, Krakovsky joined the Earthwatch Institute expedition “Of Mountains and Marmots: Climate Change in the French Alps” to engage in science as an active process, connect urban students to nature and provide tools they can use to approach science with a critical eye in regards to environmental issues.

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 $1.66 million in grants going to 431 CPS teachers since 2005). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Chicago Foundation for Education 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.