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.

2015 Boston Fellows Awarded

BPS Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
32 Teachers from 17 Schools Receive Fund for Teachers Grants for Self-Designed Fellowships

Teachers work both as technicians teaching particular skills and intellectuals developing a love of learning.* Shaping student achievement, both roles need development to remain current and effective. Fund for Teachers annually awards grants to preK-12 educators who address professional learning gaps through self-designed summer fellowships. An inspired educator, Fund for Teachers believes, inspires students.  Today, Fund for Teachers announces its list of 2015 Fellows.

  • In collaboration with BPE, Fund for Teachers awarded grants to 32 teachers from 17 BPS schools.
  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning the continents of North America, South America and Europe.
  • Topics range from a literacy seminar at Columbia University to biodiversity research in the Amazon and Galapagos Islands.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“My Fund for Teachers grant inspired and empowered me to teach in new ways, bring effective instruction into my classroom and ultimately transformed the academic lives of my young scholars and the school community,” said Shakera Walker, senior manager of Teacher Leadership & Professional Development at Boston Public Schools. “In my current role, I develop and promote learning experiences that validate teachers’ expertise, leadership and professionalism – just as FFT did for me.” (With her FFT grant, Walker interviewed students and staff in Australia’s schools and Council for Educational Research to re-engineer early numeracy instruction that improved math education for economically disadvantaged 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 (with $1.4 million to 390 BPS teachers since 2004). 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 Asheville Fellows Awarded

Asheville Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Four Local Teachers Grants 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, which includes four local educators:

  • Elizabeth Post (Asheville Middle) will circumnavigate the island of Puerto Rico interviewing experts on and members of the Taino culture to present a less “euro-centric” view of social studies;
  • Donna Marcelo (Asheville Middle) will investigate in the United Kingdom methods used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining integrity of the numerous historic buildings to lead students in a study of preservation and progress on a local level;
  • Lauren Jones (Asheville High) will research special education intervention strategies in Lebanon, Greece and Turkey to implement new strategies that better meet the needs of minority students with disabilities in regular education inclusion settings; and,
  • Marin Leroy (Evergreen Community Charter School) will attend the Edible Schoolyard Academy in Berkeley, CA, with subsequent mentored planning time at a K-8 Life Lab garden in Santa Cruz, CA, to strengthen current curriculum and vision future projects alongside garden and kitchen classroom educators from across the nation.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“On my FFT fellowship in Africa last summer, I was curious and inquisitive, experienced problem-based learning, collaborated with people different from myself and immersed myself in a culture very different from my own,” said Patti Evans, teacher at Isaac Dickson Elementary. “I gained a greater appreciation for diversity which will lead to greater tolerance for those who live and think differently from me. I built an understanding of the daily life of school children on the other side of the world and now bring that awareness to my students in a creative authentic way.”

Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers. 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 Alabama Fellows Awarded

Alabama Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 12 Teachers from 5 Alabama Schools for
Self-Designed Fellowships

(HOUSTON) April 2, 2015 – Teachers work both as technicians teaching particular skills and intellectuals developing a love of learning.* Shaping student achievement, both roles need development to remain current and effective. Fund for Teachers annually awards grants to preK-12 educators who address professional learning gaps through self-designed summer fellowships. An inspired educator, Fund for Teachers believes, inspires students. Today, Fund for Teachers announces its list of 2015 Fellows.

  • 12 Alabama teachers representing 5 schools received Fund for Teachers grants.
  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning North America and Europe.
  • Topics range from a dyslexia seminar in Atlanta to architectural research in Portugal, Spain, France and Switzerland.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“Fairy godmothers grant wishes, Fund for Teachers makes the dreams of teacher’s a reality,” said Lauren Fowler and Gaile Randall, teachers at Thompson Intermediate in Alabaster and Crestline Elementary in Mountain Brook. “The opportunity to explore the richness of the Catalan region and see first-hand the amazing works of innovative artists and architects such as Salvador Dali and Antonio Gaudi has made art explode in our classroom.” With their 2014 FFT grant, these teachers researched the lives and work of unconventional artists in the Catalonia region of Spain and France to inspire innovation and promote problem solving solutions for open-ended, student-centered projects.

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 collaborates with Alabama Public Television 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.

Newsletter – Volume 11, Spring 2015

Learning that continues beyond the dismissal bell has the potential to change minds and lives. FFT grant recipients featured in this issue apply their new knowledge and skills through classroom curriculum and after-school activities, turning instruction into action through problem-based learning.

Read the latest issue of Odyssey, here.

 
 

Newsletter – Volume 10, Holiday 2014

Quoting Albert Einstein, “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” In this holiday issue of Odyssey, we highlight the work of Fellows enhancing student understanding through fellowships in Sarajevo, Rome, Hiroshima, Northern Ireland, and Paraguay.

Read the latest issue of Odyssey, here.

 
 

Newsletter – Volume 10, Fall 2014

Fund for Teachers is a community committed to the belief that education has the power to transform lives and that teachers catalyze that transformation.

Read the latest issue of Odyssey, here.

 
 

Fellows Bring Learning, Experiences and Energy Back to School

519 Teachers Use $2 Million in Fund for Teachers Grants to Pursue New Knowledge & Skills This Summer

“A defibrillator for the educator”; “A reminder that there is still a student within me;” and, “By far, the best learning experience of my life” describe three of more than 500 self-designed fellowships teachers experienced this summer with Fund for Teachers grants. PreK-12 public and private school educators applied for the grants to pursue topics and/or destinations they identified as relevant to their practice and student success. Those awarded leveraged $5,000 individual grants and $10,000 team grants to learn in 151 countries and bring their learning back to school this fall.

Teachers (or Fellows) awarded grants represent 353 schools from all 50 states. The largest percentage of Fellows chose STEM-related learning and fellowships most often took place in the United States. A complete list of Fellows and their fellowship descriptions is available at www.fundforteachers.org.

“The most essential component in any classroom is the teacher; students’ grasp of knowledge and perception of issues lie largely in their hands,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “Fund for Teachers invests in these professionals, empowering them as learners who explore and experience to advance student achievement.”

Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested more than $22 million in 6,000+ teachers who, in turn, transform their classrooms into laboratories where students process and put into practice their teachers’ learning.
Fund for Teachers’ 2015 grant application opens on October 1. For eligibility and more information, visit www.fundforteachers.org/apply.php, or the nonprofit organization’s blog and Facebook page.

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of preK-12 educators by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the world that have the greatest impact on their practice, students and school communities.