Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 01, 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.
Through an online application, teachers submit the proposed fellowship description and budget, as well as projected teacher and student learning, benefits to school community and a plan for implementing the fellowship in the classroom. Since 2001, 5,500 teachers have used $20 million in Fund for Teachers grants to attend seminars, conduct field research, volunteer with community organizations, and develop skills. Each fellowship increases teachers’ competency, confidence and excitement about their commitment to teaching. Most importantly, these odysseys culminate in broadened perspectives and new knowledge that foster authentic learning for students.
“Successful teachers (those who change students’ perceptions and promote inquiry) consistently refine their practice – pushing beyond the expected to create engaging learning environments. Fund for Teachers grants empower that process,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers' executive director. “The entire process, from application to classroom implementation, also validates teachers’ leadership capabilities, a leading factor influencing their decision to remain in or leave the profession.”
The online application is due by 5 pm, January 30, 2014. Committees comprised of civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders, as well as Fund for Teachers Fellows, review proposals and select grant recipients who are notified by April 4. Examples of previous fellowships, the scoring rubric and online application are available at http://www.fundforteachers.org.
Fund for Teachers advances the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting their pursuit of learning that impacts their practice, students and school communities.