McDonough Earns Summer Study Grant

Malden Observer
Wakefield, MA

The Boston Plan for Excellence announced that it has awarded $249,733 in grants to 94 teachers in the Boston Public Schools for summer travel and study as part of its Fund For Teachers/Boston initiative.

Tara McDonough of Malden who teaches at the Winthrop Elementary School in Dorchester was awarded a grant to be trained in the Orton-Gillingham method at Massachusetts General Hospital to work better with students who have language learning disabilities.

More than 300 Boston Public Schools teachers applied for a grant, either as an individual or as a member of a teacher team, and grants awarded range from $1,200 to $7,500.
Fund For Teachers/Boston is affiliated with the national Fund For Teachers foundation, whose mission is to enrich the lives of schoolteachers and students by providing recognition and opportunities for renewal to outstanding educators.

The grants will fund projects that teachers have designed themselves. Twenty-two recipients won a grant for an individual project, while 72 recipients were funded for a project they designed as a teacher team. In all, the 94 grant recipients will visit a total of 24 foreign countries and at least 17 states this summer.

Energy Community to Kick-off Campaign for Houston-area Teachers

HOUSTON (May 19, 2004) – The energy community in Houston is in a great position to give back to the city by helping to raise money for Houston-area teachers. Steve Trauber, Global Head of Energy for UBS Investment Bank and his wife Leticia are proud to announce they are co-chairing the Energy For Teachers endowment campaign, which will raise $3 million dollars for Fund For Teachers (FFT) in the Houston area by December 2004. Funds raised will be used to permanently endow summer sabbaticals for Houston-area teachers. The Energy for Teachers Campaign kicks off May 19, when leaders from throughout Houston’s energy industry will get together to begin their fund raising efforts.

“As a father of three school-age children, I know how much it means to see a child inspired by a teacher and that is why Leticia and I are excited to be able to support Fund For Teachers through the Energy For Teachers campaign. We look forward to helping Houston’s teachers bring the world into their classrooms for many more years,” said Steve Trauber.

Steering committee members for the Energy For Teachers endowment campaign include: President, CEO and COO of Apache Corporation, G. Steven Farris; President and COO of Nabors Industries Ltd., Tony Petrello; President and CEO of ConocoPhillips, J.J. Mulva; President and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Jim Hackett; President and CEO Energy Services Group of Halliburton Company, John Gibson; Chairman and CEO of Noble Corporation, James C. Day; President and CEO of Marathon Oil Corporation, Clarence P. Cazalot; President and CEO of Shell Exploration and Production, Raoul Restucci; Managing Partner with Baker Botts LLP, Walt Smith; President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper Cameron, Sheldon Erikson; and President and CEO of GlobalSantaFe Corp., Jon A. Marshall and President.

The Fund For Teachers is a unique public foundation whose mission is to enrich the lives of school teachers and students by providing outstanding teachers with recognition and opportunities for renewal. Making a difference one teacher at a time, FFT provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support learning opportunities of their own design. Specifically, teachers are granted funds to travel and study during the summer, and then bring their discoveries back to the classroom as part of their curriculum in the school year. It is estimated that one grant reaches 3,000 students over the span of a teacher’s career. FFT truly makes a profound impact on the teachers who receive grants, the students they teach and the schools where they work.

“We have a bottom-up approach to systemic reform that is simple and direct. Re-energize teachers. Not a panacea, but when we demand so much of our educators, and their strengths and skills are so vital to the success of our schools, providing these experiences holds great promise for their future and for our children,” said Karen Kovach Webb, executive director of FFT.

Founded by Apache Corporation Chairman Raymond Plank in 2001, the foundation’s enrichment fund is supported by individual and corporate donors. In honor of Apache’s 50th anniversary and Raymond Plank, the energy community in Houston is proud to step up to raise money to endow Fund For Teachers.

“It is a very simple program, a very effective program and it raises the spirits of teachers,” Plank said.

The Houston campaign is part of a larger $50 million nationwide campaign taking place in Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Boston and Tulsa.

Zarrow, Apache Corp. Chairman Offer $1 Million Challenge for Teacher Support

TULSA, Okla., April 29, 2004 – Tulsa philanthropist Henry Zarrow and Apache Corp. Chairman and educational humanitarian Raymond Plank are offering a $1 million challenge grant to inspire local residents,foundations and businesses to endow a fund for Oklahoma public school teacher sabbaticals in the United States and abroad that would ultimately benefit students in the classroom.

Zarrow and Plank are providing $500,000 each to the Fund for Teachers in the Tulsa area, which will be administered through Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF). Their gifts are intended to generate $2 million in additional contributions from around the Tulsa area. Now in its third year locally, the Fund for Teachers provides grants of up to $5,000 to pre-kindergarten though 12th grade teachers for summer sabbaticals. The Tulsa program is affiliated with other Fund for Teachers efforts that Plank founded around the county to provide teachers career development opportunities of the caliber available in the corporate world.

Apache, a Houston-based energy company and historically a leading oil and gas producer in Oklahoma, is celebrating its 50th anniversary by spearheading a national initiative to raise $50 million for Fund for Teachers endowments across the United States. The company is directly providing $15 million over three years. Plank and Zarrow together are asking the Tulsa community to show their support for teacher development and public education by giving to the local program.

“Mr. Zarrow, Apache and Plank are challenging this community to join together in matching on a two-for-one basis, a $1 million challenge grant to permanently endow Fund for Teachers in the Tulsa area,” said Phil Lakin, executive director of Tulsa Community Foundation. “The initial goal is for an endowment of about $3 million, with funds administered by TCF, which would generate enough cash from investments to fund approximately 40 teacher sabbaticals each year for Tulsa area teachers.”

“For years, Tulsa area teachers have foregone many of the employee benefits and incentives offered in the corporate world,” Lakin said. “By meeting the Zarrow-Plank match, we as a community not only demonstrate how much we support these educators, but also provide them with invaluable career development opportunities that many could not pursue on their own.”

In addition to announcing the challenge grant, Tulsa Community Foundation and the Fund for Teachers will present grants totaling almost $250,000 to 100 teachers at an awards ceremony to be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29 at the Doubletree Hotel, Warren Place, in the Warren Ballroom. Plank and Apache President/CEO/COO G. Steven Farris, will join Zarrow and Tulsa Community Foundation President Joe Cappy and Executive Director, Phil Lakin, to present the awards.

About Fund for Teachers and Apache Corporation

Fund for Teachers is the brainchild of Plank, who started the organization in 2001 after years of educational philanthropic endeavors in Minnesota and Colorado. The Fund for Teachers is a unique foundation whose mission is to enrich the lives of schoolteachers and students by providing recognition and opportunities for renewal to outstanding teachers. Making a difference one teacher at a time, Fund for Teachers awards grants directly to teachers to support professional development opportunities of their own design. Since 1998, 567 teachers in seven cities-Denver; Houston; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; and Tulsa-have received funding, including 267 Fellows during the summer of 2003. FFT Fellows have participated in programs and traveled in 45 countries on six continents. In 2004 Fund for Teachers continues to expand, awarding funds to approximately 375 teachers including, for the first time, educators in Boston, rural Colorado and rural Oklahoma, and to the ational network of Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound schools (reaching teachers in 27 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico).

“Oklahoma has been good to Apache and we have been a leading producer in the state for many years,” Plank said. Apache drilled its first well in 1955 in Cushing, Okla., and opened a field office in Tulsa later that same year. Company production at the time averaged 800 barrels of oil per day. Today, with its Central Region headquarters still a fixture in Tulsa, Apache is the third-largest natural gas producer in the state with average volumes of 150 million cubic feet per day. The company employs 94 people in Tulsa and 85 more throughout the state. Regional capital expenditures in 2004 are estimated at $150 million.

About Tulsa Community Foundation

Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) is a public charity organized in 1998 by its chairman, George B. Kaiser, and an esteemed group of business and civic leaders. TCF’s mission is to receive, protect and distribute gifts from individuals and organizations for the improvement of the Tulsa and eastern Oklahoma area. Currently, TCF manages over $700 million invested through: 90 Donor Advised Funds, established by individuals, corporations, and private foundations; 155 Charitable Agency Endowment Funds established by and/or for the benefit of specific charitable organizations; and nine Supporting Organizations. Last year, TCF distributed over $13 million to charitable organizations. Individuals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations use the Foundation for a wide variety of reasons. Although their gifts vary in size, the generosity and foresight of TCF donors reflect a passionate commitment to the community and a desire to improve Tulsa’s quality of life for future generations.

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FFT Fund Raising

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Technology Teacher

Technology Teacher Karen North has won a $3,300 Fund for Teachers Grant to attend the National AP Conference in Florida where she will be presenting her paper on “Supporting Girls in Computer Science by Programming with Graphics.” She will also be attending a LOGO Robotic Programming workshop in Colorado with the grant funds.

The HISD Foundation has awarded 60 HISD teachers more than $192,000 in grants from the Houston-based Fund for Teachers program. One of our tech teachers, Karen North is a recipient of this Fund for Teachers grant. The Fund for Teachers is a national nonprofit organization that bestows professional – and personal – development grants annually to teachers of grades kindergarten through 12 in Houston and other cities. Karen and other teachers were honored at an awards presentation and reception on Tuesday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m. in the Hattie Mae White Administration Building.

The initiatives approved by the Fund for Teachers include Spanish language and literature programs, university and museum science and math programs, marine biology workshops, computer and Advanced Placement conferences, a university reading and writing institute, and the study of early-child instruction strategies. The grants, which range in size from $1,296 to the maximum of $5,000, will fund summer enrichment projects that will improve the teachers’ knowledge and instructional skills and enhance their classroom teaching for years to come.

Mrs. North received a $3,300 grant to attend the National AP Conference held at Disney World in Florida. She will be presenting her paper on Supporting Girls in CS by Programming with Graphics. She also received funds to attend a Logo robotic programming workshop in Colorado. She plans to use this knowledge in the development of a small school focusing on programming and in her Technology Systems class. Karen is developing a combination Algebra 1 / Tech Systems class to increase algebraic computation skills using programming. If you have any questions, you can email her at