2015 Houston Area Fellows Awarded

Houston-Area Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 39 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 39 teachers representing 32 schools in 11 Houston-area school districts.

  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning the continents of North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
  • Topics range from following the North Star from Detroit to Canada chronicling slaves’ freedom journey to researching sustainable food/organic gardening in the first Zero-Waste town of Capanoori, Italy.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“When we explain to others that we studied how the United Kingdom’s education system includes yoga in classrooms, we’re often met with a puzzled look and the question, ‘Why yoga?’” said Jill Charrier, teacher at Hinojosa Early Childhood/PreK. “We saw that our students of poverty brought bigger emotional, behavioral and social difficulties into our classrooms. Taking insight from successful practices in England and Northern Ireland, we’re now motivating students to become more active, enhancing their concentration and giving them tools for stress management.”

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 $2.2 million going to 558 educators in the Houston-area since 2001.) 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 L.A. Area Fellows Awarded

Los Angeles-Area Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
Fund for Teachers Awards Grants to 13 Teachers From 11 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.

  • 13 Los Angeles-area teachers representing 11 schools received Fund for Teachers grants this year.
  • These teachers will embark on summer odysseys to 9 countries spanning North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
  • Topics range from attending a special education conference in Minneapolis to investigating conservation efforts in Southwest China.
  • For a complete list of grant recipients and the schools they represent, visit fundforteachers.org.

“My Fund for Teachers fellowship allowed me to further develop my understanding and appreciation of Twain as the ‘Father of American Literature,’ his influence on realism in literature and to be able to share this with my students,” said Leslie Schippert, English teacher at Edison Middle School. “By becoming a beginning scholar of Mark Twain, I am developing and applying my new knowledge by creating engaging activities that give students a virtual tour of the author’s life and foster their understanding of literature, writing and American history.” With her FFT grant last summer, Schippert research Twain’s life and work in museums and historically-significant sites across the country (including the 58th Annual National Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal, MO, and the Jumping Frog Jubilee in Calaveras County, CA) to enhance literature units with historical context and personal insights.

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 $718,000 in grants going to 206 Los Angeles teachers since 2005). The national not-for-profit collaborates with the Los Angeles Education Partnership 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 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.

 
 

Teachers’ journey to Middle East brings powerful lessons to classrooms

Teachers’ journey to Middle East brings powerful lessons to Kansas City classrooms

Original article appears on The Kansas City Star, accessible here.

Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015

By JOE ROBERTSON

By the time they were standing on a Palestinian rooftop in the West Bank, the plans of the three Kansas City teachers had long fled them.

Under a searing sky, they absorbed the sights of patched bullet holes in the water tanks beside them, the razor wire separating the Israeli settlements below, the chilling sniper towers.

They had given up hope of carefully chronicling each day’s journey.

They weren’t settling in at nights the way they had imagined to review the lesson ideas they would be taking home to their students at Alta Vista Charter High School.

This stark view over the city of Hebron was just another backdrop to people they had met — Israeli and Palestinian — whose stories one after the other had burst the teachers’ intellectual and emotional tanks.

“There was so much intensity,” language arts teacher Jay Pitts-Zevin said. “We ran out of bandwidth. How could we capture someone’s story and do justice to it?”

It was all they could do, in exhaustion, to write down as much as possible from their journey lasting a little over a week and bring it home.

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