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

By MERRICK EAGLETON
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.

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

By KOREY WILSON
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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Hamilton, Bradley teachers receive funding for travel studies

Hamilton, Bradley teachers receive funding for travel studies

Original article appears on Times Free Press, accessible here.

Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

By YOLANDA PUTMAN

Nearly two dozen Hamilton County teachers and four from Bradley County, Tenn., have earned tens of thousands of dollars in grant money to study in the United States and abroad this summer.

The national nonprofit Fund for Teachers provides the funding in partnership with the Public Education Foundation.

The teachers, who will visit more than 12 countries, applied for the grants intended to send them across the globe for learning so they could return and share their knowledge with students.

To continue reading about the 2015 Fellows, click here.

2015 Fellows Announced

Teachers Awarded “Golden Tickets” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards $1.8 million in Grants to 487 Teachers for Self-Designed Fellowships

(HOUSTON) April 2, 2015 – Teachers work both as technicians teaching particular skills and intellectuals developing students’ love of learning.* To remain effective in both roles, they need development and inspiration. Fund for Teachers annually awards grants to preK-12 educators seeking relevant knowledge and learning experiences through self-designed summer fellowships. Today, Fund for Teachers announces its list of 2015 Fellows.

  • This year, 487 teachers representing 318 schools received Fund for Teachers grants.
  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning six continents, with the largest percentage remaining in North America.
  • Topics range from a digital literacy workshop at the University of Rhode Island to conducting field research in the Galapagos Islands and Amazon rainforest.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients, fellowship descriptions and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Fund for Teachers serves as a piggy bank of sorts, funding educators’ quests for deeper knowledge or mastery that transfers directly to students,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers executive director. “We all learn by knowing, by doing. These grants offer teachers more than ‘one-size-fits-all’ professional development and it’s free for the district. Everyone wins, with the biggest winners being the students.”

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers since 2001. Previous grant recipients share the impact of their fellowships at fundforteachers.tumblr.com. For more information about the application process, 2015 grant winners or student outcomes, visit fundforteachers.org.

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue relevant opportunities that make the greatest impact on their practice, their students and school communities.

*Center for Public Education, Teaching the Teachers: Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability, 2013.

2015 Oakland Fellows Awarded

OUSD Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 8 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 8 teachers representing 5 schools in the Oakland Unified School District.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning 6 countries on 3 continents.
  • Topics range from an Orff music course in San Francisco to an eight-week intensive Arabic language/cultural immersion experience in Morocco.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Our fellowship pushed our understanding of Thai-Burmese refugee students’ educational context,” said Ryann Pollack, who last summer, along with colleague Courtney Couvreur, researched the background of their students at Oakland International High School. “For example, we discovered that for many in the refugee camps in Thailand, the goal of education is to learn to follow rules and give back to the community, and that many students do not even take math. Our Burmese refugee students come to the US with educational baggage; after our FFT fellowship, we are better equipped to help them unpack it.”

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 $667,000 in grants to 168 OUSD teachers since 2001). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Marcus Foster Education Fund 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 Wyoming Fellows Awarded

Wyoming Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 8 Wyoming 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 8 Wyoming teachers representing 6 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.

“With my Fund for Teachers grant, I experienced the excitement of Wall Street by participating in the New York Stock Exchange Teachers Workshop last summer,” said Sandra Shafer, teacher at Transitions Learning Center in Casper. “Attending this workshop allowed me to update and deepen my understanding of the stock market to share this experience with my students and peers.” As a result of Sandra’s fellowship, her students competed for the first time in the national Stock Market Game last fall, placing fifth in Wyoming with a $6,400 gain in 12 weeks.

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 $81,000 in grants to Wyoming teachers since 2013). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the John P. Ellbogen Foundation to administer the grants throughout Wyoming. 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 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.