FFT Board Member and Partner Named Ashoka Fellows

Fund for Teachers congratulates two of the newest Ashoka Fellows: FFT Board member and Strive leader (local partner), Jeff Edmondson and Scott Hartl, President, long-time local partner Expeditionary Learning. Jeff and Scott are making a tremendous impact in the world, and at Fund for Teachers.

To learn more about Jeff and Scott’s work, Forbes has posted a description of each of this year’s winners.

Fellow Moves Audience at Annual Fundraiser

Fund for Teachers annual fundraiser, Food for Thought, was a huge success thanks in great part to the moving speech given by Houston Fellow, Patricia Greenleaf. Watch as Patricia shares her fellowship’s impact on her teaching and the many at-risk students she serves.

2013 Grant Application Open

Fund for Teachers Grants Encourage Teachers to Pursue Learning Around the World and Inspire Students Back Home

Fund for Teachers’ 2013 grant cycle opened October 1, offering teachers the opportunity to design and experience their idea of professional development. Individuals receive up to $5,000, teaching teams $10,000, to hone skills and seek new knowledge that directly impacts student learning and personal/professional growth.

Read the press release here.

What can WE do?

In 2011, Rayna Dineen studied the heritage and strategies of service at India’s renowned Riverside School and Gandhi’s ashram to enrich her school’s service learning program as her Fund for Teachers Fellowship.

She believes citizenship and service can transform the lives of children. A teacher for over 30 years, both in Santa Fe and points across the U.S., Rayna knows education is more than mastering academic knowledge. It is learning to be compassionate, kind citizens and standing up for what you know is right. Principal and co-founder of Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences, Rayna supervises a group of students who call themselves Youth United, who courageously took on the entrenched problem of literacy and asked themselves, “What can WE do?”.

Watch as Rayna shares her vision of education with TedX audiences.

This video originally appeared on TedX’s YouTube channel.

Reanimating Ötzi The Iceman In Forensics Class

This blog post originally appeared on gothamschools.org, where she and other Fund for Teachers shared their summer fellowship experiences.

Forensics is a relatively new science course with limited curriculum available. For the last three years, I have been teaching a course I developed from scratch, and I am always looking for new and interesting ways to engage students. This summer, my search took me to Ötzi the Iceman, one of the most significant discoveries in forensic science.

Ötzi the Iceman comes from a distant and mysterious past. Twenty years ago, he was pulled out of the Alpine glacial ice in almost perfect condition, complete with clothes, tools, and visible tattoos. And there are unanswered questions surrounding his death, which took place thousands of years ago. He was originally thought to have been a lost herder that took a fatal wrong turn in the snowy Alps. But recent evidence points to a more sinister explanation, making Ötzi the earliest human for whom we have direct evidence of a possible murder.
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Bronx teachers become students in other countries

This article originally appeared on nydailynews.com.

CORINNE LESTCH
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Some teachers can still enjoy their summer vacations – in the classroom.

Fourteen lucky Bronx educators embarked on international trips that took them as far away as Japan, France and Thailand to bring back fresh, new ideas to the classroom through a program called Fund for Teachers.

“I’m so grateful that I was able to gain this wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience of all these historical sites that I’m teaching about,” said Kathleen Kennedy, a global history and art teacher at West Bronx Academy for the Future in Fordham. “It really gave me more energy and new ideas, so I’m not coming back with the same old thing I’ve done in the past.”

Kennedy, 28, spent two weeks during the summer taking art and architecture workshops at the studio Atelier Alupi and Musee d’Orsay in Paris. She also visited the Louvre, Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres and Palace of Versailles, with the goal of linking art and history for her students.

Kathleen Kennedy at the Louvre.

“I plan to introduce a similar workshop with my students,” she said. “How can observation help us to understand history? How can observation help us to look at artwork?”

Fund for Teachers chose educators from all over the country, and awarded $5,000 per individual or $10,000 per team to travel to 124 countries this summer.

Birmingham Teachers Want Students to Bite into Books

PBS’ Southern Education Desk
by Erica Lembo

It’s a new year at Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle School in Birmingham— and students are in for a surprise. Thanks to their teachers, they’ll get to spend an entire year learning about creatures that have taken popular culture by storm — vampires.  Through a Fund For Teachers grant, LaVerne McDonald, Phylecia Ragland and Stephen Howard traveled to England, Ireland and Scotland over the summer to visit historic sites associated with Western Literature’s vampire legends.  And they hope what they learned will inspire their students to read. Continue reading

Newsletter – Volume 8, Fall 2012

This edition of Odyssey profiles teachers who stayed stateside for world-class, self-designed professional development.

Read our recent newsletter, Odyssey.