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Tulsa Community Foundation hosts celebration
First DC fellows travel to Indonesia’s
Business leaders from around the city have joined forces to participate in the newly formed Houston Leadership Committee raising money for the Fund for Teachers Houston 2005-2006 campaign. Funds raised will be used to permanently endow summer sabbaticals for Houston-area teachers.
FFT grants are awarded to teachers who work with students in grades K-12 and have a minimum of three years teaching experience. Participants are selected based on how their summer fellowship will make the applicant a better teacher, how improved skills and capacity will be implemented in the classroom and how the teachers’ improved skills or capacity will benefit students, curricula and the school.
Founded by Apache Corp. Chairman Raymond Plank, the foundation’s enrichment fund is supported by individual and corporate donors.
Eighty-two Tulsa area teachers, representing 36 schools, received Fund for Teachers grants this year for the opportunity to travel, attend seminars and workshops, and acquire hands-on materials and information to enrich their students in the classroom.
Participants in the program gathered at the Bok Tower downtown recently to share stories, artifacts, slide shows, photos, memorabilia and teaching tools from their summer sabbaticals.
FFT grants are awarded to teachers who work with students in grades prekindergarten through grade 12 who spend at least 50 prcent of their time in the classroom and have a minimum of three years teaching experience. Participants are selected based on how their summer fellowship will make the applicant a better teacher, how improved skills or capacity will benefit students, curricula and the school.
The teachers from the Tulsa area this year traveled as far north as Alaska and as far south as Australia.
Individual teachers can apply for as much as $5,000 through the program; teams of teachers can apply for a maximum of $7,500. As part of the application process, teachers must submit a written proposal and an itemized budget.
Applicants are selected to receive grants based on how their proposed summer activity will enhance their teaching skills and better the education of their students.
Fund for Teachers was founded by Ray Plank, founder and chairman of the board for Apache Corporation in 1998. Its mission is to enrich the lives of schoolteachers and students by providing recognition and opportunities for renewal to outstanding teachers. Fund for Teachers awards grants directly to teachers for supporting professional development opportunities of their own design.
Applications for next summer are due Jan. 20. For more information, call the Tulsa Community Foundation at 494-8823 or go online to the Fund for Teachers Web site at www.fundforteachers.org.
An international designer garment corporation is boosting Tulsa’s teachers.
Jones Apparel Group Inc. has launched its first corporate wide cause program-Jones New York in the Classroom.
In Tulsa, the program to aid teachers will be administered by the Tulsa Community Foundation. (TFC).
The nationwide program aims to improve the quality of education for children through recruitment, retention and support of teachers in America’s public schools.
In addition to dollar donations, the JNY is offering human resources via an employee network and a united effort with four other national non-profit organizations.
Tulsa’s Fund for Teachers (FFT) was one of the four beneficiary nonprofits selected to participate in this national campaign.
FFT is a public foundation whose mission is to enrich the lives of schoolteachers and students by providing outstanding teachers with recognition and opportunities for renewal.
In partnership with TCF, FFT provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support learning opportunities of their own design
FFT recently recognized its 2005 fellows – 82 teachers from Tulsa – area schools – who received grants, totaling over $214,190 of funds awarded, for the opportunity to travel, attend seminars and workshops, and acquire hands-on materials and information to enrich their students in the classroom.
“The Jones Apparel Group is helping Americans understand how vitally important it is to nurture and invest in teachers, “said Fund for Teachers Executive Director, Karen Kovach-Webb.
The need for teacher is great and retention is important, said Kovach-Webb. Experts predict that two million more new teachers will be needed over the next decade, while recent studies show that approximately one-third of the nation’s teachers leave the profession during the first three years and almost half in the first five years.
“(We want to) take a leadership role in providing immediate and tangible help in the classroom, while encouraging others to join us along the way,” said Peter Boneparth, president and CEO, Jones Apparel Group Inc.
Rather than just “throw money” at the cause, the corporation “is taking multifaceted approach to supporting teachers at critical points in their careers, with a focus on four areas: recruitment, retention, professional development and recognition and support,” he said.
The newly formed Houston Leadership Committee has begun its 2005-2006 fundraising campaign for the Fund for Teachers, a program that offers summer sabbaticals and grants to Houston-area teachers.
Winning design to be used for promotional materials
Hundreds of students from around Houston competed to design the posters and promotional materials for the First Annual Fund for Teachers “Fund Run” — but one Edgewood Elementary School pupil won the contest.
Eliza Quintana, a fourth-grader at the Spring Branch school district school, was presented with a certificate of achievement and a $50 gift card to Old Navy for her effort.
Quintana said she plans to use the money “to buy clothes for my family as a gift for their support.”
The First Annual Fund for Teachers Fund Run, scheduled for Jan. 21 at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby, is a fundraiser for the organization, said Karen Kovach-Webb, executive director of Fund for Teachers.
The Memorial-based organization awards grants to teachers for self-designed summer development opportunities.
Quintana’s winning design “stood out from all the others because of her use of color and creativity,” Kovach-Webb said.
“She also used emotion in her design that truly brought her drawing to life; we thought it was a perfect fit.”
Quintana said the inspiration for her design — which depicts children running on a track field, trying to get to the finish line — was her school’s track coach.
“I thought about coach making us run the track and thought it would be fun to actually bring myself in this picture,” Quintana said. “I drew myself running across the finish line.”
And when the competition was over, that’s what she’d done.
“I thought I was the luckiest person,” Quintana said of her design being selected. “I felt proud.”
Fund For Teachers and its founder Raymond Plank invited guests to a recognition dinner in honor of Energy For Teachers at the Legends Ballroom in the Intercontinental Hotel. 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 opportunity for renewal. Guests enjoyed live entertainment by Mid-Life Crisis and the Hot Flashes and guest speaker Robert Fulghun, author of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”