PBS Spotlights Louisiana Fellows

PBS’ South Eastern Education Desk produced a piece about two Louisiana Fellows’ upcoming fellowship to Canada. Danyé Pelichet and Demetria Scott will traverse Acadian communities in Canada to help students make connections with the settlers who migrated to Louisiana centuries ago and imprinted their culture and customs permanently within the state’s collective story. The “French Connection” team are two of our first class of Fellows since going statewide in the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

Special thanks to PBS’ Southern Education Desk and producer Sue Lincoln for this piece.

Newsletter – Volume 8, Summer 2012

In this issue of Odyssey, we look at WHY teachers designed their particular fellowships, and HOW they plan to translate their summer experiences into students’ success when they return to their class- rooms this fall.

Read our recent newsletter, Odyssey.

 

Fund for Teachers Grant Inspires Replication of Lewis & Clark’s Journey

Elementary school teachers use Fund for Teachers grant to retrace explorers’ 7,000 mile cross-country route: Return to create scaled-down version for students in forests behind school; Trails dedicated to fallen war hero prior to Memorial Day. 

Read the press release, here.

FFT Fellow to Carry Olympic Torch

Sean Brooks’ 2010 Fund for Teachers fellowship was to enhance his school’s new dual-language program by traveling to Dominica and enrolling in Spanish language courses and visiting local schools.

Boston teacher will carry the Olympic Flame in
London 2012 Summer Olympic Torch Relay
Dorchester educator selected to represent the United States

BOSTON – A Boston Public Schools teacher will represent the United States in the prestigious Olympic Torch Relay before the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Sean Brooks, a resident of Dorchester, is English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at the Dever-McCormack K-8 School in Dorchester. He will carry the Olympic Flame for 300 meters in Dalkeith, Scotland, on June 14.

Sean is one of five outstanding teachers from the United States pre-selected to be a torchbearer through a program sponsored by Samsung Electronics America. “I am honored and thrilled to represent my country, my school, and my fellow teachers as an Olympic Torchbearer,” he said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will remember forever.”

The 2012 Summer Olympics Torch Relay will begin on May 19, when the torch arrives from Greece, and continue for 70 days along an 8,000-mile route throughout the United Kingdom (plus a stop in Dublin, Ireland), ending in London on July 26.

Sean is designing a unit to teach his students about the Olympics, using the international event to help students learn about geography, history, sports, and more. Many of Sean’s students were born outside of the United States, including children born in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

Sean was nominated for the honor by Maria Fenwick, Executive Director of organization Teach Plus Boston, a non-profit organization focused on teacher leadership. Sean is an alumnus of the Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows program, in which he advocated with other public school teachers for policy changes to elevate the teaching profession.

Sean has been teaching for 10 years, including the past six years at the Dever-McCormack. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the school, Sean has pursued grants for classroom materials, designed after-school English classes for parents, and planned multi-sensory lessons to engage his English Language Learner students, including a non-fiction reading unit that culminated with students planting a vegetable garden. Sean also serves as a teachers’ union building representative and as a mentor for the Boston Teacher Residency program.

“Sean is an outstanding teacher leader in an urban ‘turnaround school’ that has been underperforming for several years,” wrote Ms. Fenwick. “Despite numerous changes in school leadership and frequent staff turnover, Sean has stayed through the turmoil to provide consistent leadership for students and peer teachers alike. He has an unwaveringly positive attitude and goes above and beyond to help his school succeed.”

Teach Plus is a national non-profit based in Boston whose mission is to improve outcomes for urban children by ensuring that a greater proportion of students have access to effective, experienced teachers. Teach Plus runs three programs designed to place teacher leaders at the center of reform: Teaching Policy Fellows, the T+ Network, and T3: Turnaround Teacher Teams. The programs focus on demonstrably effective teachers who want to continue classroom teaching while also expanding their impact as leaders in their schools and in national, state, and district policy. Teach Plus began with 16 founding teachers from urban district and charter schools in Greater Boston. Since its inception as a non-profit in August 2009, Teach Plus has grown to a network of more than 7,000 solutions-oriented teachers in six major cities across the country. www.teachplus.org

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NYT: A Spotlight on Teaching, Not Teachers

Fund for Teachers Board of Directors member, Robert Hughes, is a contributor to these letters to the editor, responding to Joe Nocera’s article, Gates Puts the Focus on Teaching. Tell us what you would like to say to those making education policy at facebook.com/fundforteachers.

CPS Board Honors Outstanding Teachers

On the eve of National Teacher Day, the Cincinnati Board of Education recently…showcased seven other CPS teachers recently named as 2012 Fund for Teachers Fellows for summer travel and research, designed to develop engaging, thought-provoking classroom lessons for their students. More than $30,000 was awarded to Cincinnati educators through the program, locally sponsored by the Strive Partnership.

Read the article in it’s entirety, here.

2012 Fellowships Announced

May 7, 2012
Fund for Teachers Awards $1.8M in Grants to Teachers Across the Country; Teachers Become Students Again This Summer

Hamilton County Teachers Receive Summer Fellowships

Their Students Will Reap the Benefits
TheChattanoogan.com
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) on Tuesday awarded fellowship grants totaling $96,630 to 27Hamilton County educators –– to pursue self-designed learning adventures this summer. The fellowships are made possible through a grant to PEF from the national nonprofit organization, Fund for Teachers.
The winning teachers responded to PEF’s invitation to propose their ideal professional development experience and explain how this would inspire authentic learning in their classrooms. Among the exciting and innovative proposals:

Lora Jenkins and Lonna Henriquez, Tyner Middle School Academy, will conduct biodiversity and conservation research in Costa Rica for a documentary and curriculum materials to be used in a school-wide unit.

Brian Fahey, Normal Park Museum Magnet School, will travel the Netherlands and France to explore how cultural, economic and political needs affected human/environmental interaction throughout history.

Katie Hawkins, Brown Middle School, and Rachel Price, Red Bank Middle School, will attend the Reading and Writing Summer Institute at Columbia University and meet with young adult author Lois Lowery to discuss the craft of writing for young adults.

Stacy Williams, East Brainerd Elementary School, and Rita Schubert, East Ridge Elementary School, will attend a creativity workshop in Barcelona and a brain-based workshop in Texas to acquire strategies to ignite creativity in students from poverty.

Susan Morrison, East Hamilton Middle/High School, will venture to Cambodia to meet survivors of the Khmer Rouge and discover the potential for grass roots activism in third world economies.

2012 Fund for Teachers Fellows in Chattanooga

These teachers and 19 others from Hamilton County will join 450 peers from around the country to whom Fund for Teachers awarded $1.8 million in teacher grants for 2012 summer exploration and learning. This is the first year that Hamilton County educators were eligible for these fellowships, made possible through PEF’s new partnership with Fund for Teachers.

“This has been a rewarding and rigorous process to select these 27 teachers from the 83 who applied. Almost all had compelling ideas and proposals,” said Dan Challener, PEF president. An independent Selection Committee of educators and community leaders made the final choice on the basis of the creativity of ideas, the thoroughness of research, and the passion expressed for teaching. “Returning from their fellowships, these teachers will deepen the knowledge of their students thanks to the insights and experiences they gained from these grants.”

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the world that impact their practice, their students and their schools. For more information, visit fundforteachers.org and facebook.com/fundforteachers.

Public Education Foundation partners with Hamilton County Schools to help students succeed by offering professional training and coaching for teachers, principals and administrators; human and financial resources to promote research-based innovation; and research that promotes continuous achievement. Since 2000, PEF has helped to bring over $60 million in supplemental, philanthropic funding to the school system. For the full list of Fund for Teacher awards, please visit pefchattanooga.org/fundforteachers.

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