$2 Million Awarded to Teachers

FFT Awards Millions to Educators for Innovative Learning Experiences
Trusts teachers to redefine professional development, one fellowship at a time

April 30, 2014 (HOUSTON) – Fund for Teachers, a national nonprofit that invests in teacher learning to advance student achievement, has awarded $2 million to teachers across America for self-designed learning experiences. This summer, 525 preK-12 teachers will pursue knowledge and skills they identified as essential to student success. Fellowship destinations include conferences, self-guided expeditions, fieldwork and service learning projects in 85 countries on 6 continents. A complete list of Fellows and their projects is available at fundforteachers.org.

This form of personalized teacher learning contrasts with the more traditional, but less effective, professional development offered by most districts. More than 90% of teachers participate in workshop-style training sessions; yet studies show that short, one-shot workshops don’t change teacher practice and have no effect on student achievement. Alternatively, Fund for Teachers invites educators to choose the subject area and outlet for their professional development and provides $5,000 for individual grants or $10,000 for team grants.

“Fund for Teachers bridges the gap between what teachers have and what students need to advance academically,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers’ executive director. “Fellows turn our initial investment into broadened perspectives and engaged learning – for themselves and their students. The result is a transformed career and classroom.”

Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested $22 million in the personal/professional growth of 6,000+ educators. This new class of Fellows will post updates throughout the summer on the organization’s blog, Facebook and Twitter feed. Teachers may begin applying for 2015 Fund for Teachers grants online beginning October 1.

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, the academic lives of their students and school communities. For more information, visit fundforteachers.org.

Newsletter – Volume 10, Spring 2014

As we prepare to announce our 2014 Fellows, read about what several teachers from our previous class are accomplishing with their grants: Fostering elementary school archaeologists, instigating local water testing based on Siberian science experiments, introducing students to the Gullahs, carving out identities with traditional Maori art and mapping a new STEM curriculum on Easter Island.

Read our recent newsletter, Odyssey.

 

Newsletter – Volume 9, Holiday 2013

The holiday tradition of re-gifting takes on a positive light when education is the gift. In this edition of Odyssey, Fellows share how their FFT grant continues to open opportunities for their students.

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Teacher Visits WWII Sites on Fund for Teachers Fellowship; Discovers Grandfather’s Photo in RAF Museum

While researching D-Day sites across England and France on his Fund for Teachers fellowship, a Chicago teacher discovers a photo of his grandfather hanging in a wartime museum. He now uses his grandfather’s service to guide students’ exploration of World War II and the overarching question, “What makes people brave?”

Last July, with a Fund for Teachers grant, Dan Lundak set out to retrace his grandfather’s D-Day experience. The American History teacher planned to use his research to help eighth graders at Chicago’s Sauganash Elementary School personally connect with World War II. The pilgrimage grew more personal than expected, however, upon discovering his grandfather’s photograph hanging in a wartime museum.

Continue reading, here.

FFT Founder Honored by Houston Technology Center

The Houston Technology Center (HTC), announced it will honor Fund for Teachers founder, Raymond Plank, at their “A Celebration of Entrepreneurs” gala. This annual event honors Houston entrepreneurs who have made a significant impact in the community. Learn more about the event, here.

Teacher Prepares Students to Become Future Chemistry Nobel Laureates

Fund For Teachers Grant Turns Oklahoma Science Teacher into Scientist at UC Berkeley Chemistry Department Lab; Researches Under International Expert in Protein Synthesis to Model Fundamentals of Biochemistry for Students and Encourage Careers in Science

The newly announced Nobel Laureates in chemistry relied on research conducted in the 1970s to develop their award-winning work. Jan Post wanted his students at the Oklahoma School for Science and Math to comprehend this relationship between years of research and results – so he became part of the process this summer using a Fund for Teachers grant.

Continue reading the release, here.

Grants Now Available for 2014 Summer Learning

National nonprofit tells preK-12 teachers “It’s Your Turn to Learn” — Invites teachers to design unique fellowships that pursue new knowledge and hone skills to advance student achievement. Individuals eligible for grants up to $5,000; teams $10,000.

Houston, TX – October 1, 2013 Teachers committed to expanding their knowledge and increasing student engagement are invited to apply for 2014 Fund for Teachers grants beginning today. These grants allow preK-12 teachers to design and pursue summer learning experiences that meet specific learning gaps – theirs and/or their students’. As a result, teachers (or Fellows) return to classrooms with insights, energy and abilities that directly advance student achievement.

Continue reading the release, here.

Newsletter – Volume 9, Fall 2013

We know that teaching is an art and a science; teachers are creative and committed to their craft. As evidenced by stories in this issue of Odyssey, effortful practice for these teachers included becoming a propellant in a physics experiment, assimilating into a different culture and returning to the role of student in a seminar. The complexity and the perseverance exercised in the pursuit of new knowledge make these, and all of our Fellows, leaders in their field.

Read our recent newsletter, Odyssey.