Fund for Teachers – Connecting Teachers & Students This Summer

by Delia Gavrilescu
www.argophilia.com

In rather uplifting news from the realm of education, some 430 teachers will be striking out on an expedition around the world this summer. The teachers will embark on a 7 Continent odyssey with over $1.7M in Fund for Teachers grants.

This news spotlights what could become a groundbreaking educational opportunity as teams of Pre-K-12 teachers take up worldwide experiential professional development at the behest of Fund for Teachers. This initial 61 country experiment promises to vastly enrich the teacher professional knowledge base, which in turn promotes mentor-like teaching of via first-hand knowledge.

2010 Houston Fellow Carla Otero at the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam.

Not only will students benefit from such grants, but the teachers will find new and exciting rewards in their chosen subject cases. One such teacher, Aliyah Frazier, teacher at Atlanta’s Stanton F. L. Elementary, had this to say about his endeavor:

“Receiving a Fund for Teachers grant enhanced my passion as a teacher and is giving me the opportunity to take professional development and enrichment to new heights.”

Aliyah is using the grant to using her grant to research ancient and indigenous cultures of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. In so doing, Frazier can more easily and effectively show students the relevance of Spanish in his classes. Natalie Dennison, another teacher at New York’s Bushwick School for Social Justice, had this to add:

“My 2010 grant allowed me to assist in conservation efforts on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and equipped me with personal experiences I daily use as a visual and anecdotal platform to model, motivate and teach.”

Fund for Teachers, for those unfamiliar, has given almost $16 million in teacher grants since 20o1. Executive Director there, Karen Kovach Webb, said; “These grants catalyze a ripple effect of inspired learning for the teacher, their students and school community.” Her organization is wholly supported by donors who invest in the idea Fund for Teachers expands the definition of what it is to be a teacher. Inspiration is the central theme of this organization.

For more information on this cutting edge travel news, consult the original press release via our friends at PR Web, visit the Fund for Teachers website, their Facebook aspect, or contact them via Twitter. The video below is from the Fund for Teachers YouTube Channel.