Friday, October 30, 2015

GRANTS AVAILABLE!


I want to remind you of a wonderful grant opportunity for teachers! The deadline for applications is Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 5pm.

Fund for Teachers provides educators, possessing a broad vision of what it means to teach and learn, the resources needed to pursue self-designed professional learning experiences.” These grants are used for a variety of projects to assist teachers in enhancing the learning opportunities they wish to provide their students and communities.

Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams for up to $10,000. Team members can be from different schools, districts or states. Fund for Teachers will not provide monies for student travel, the completion of post baccalaureate degrees, university/college credit hours, teacher certifications, courses for graduate credit, onsite professional development at your school or district, compensation for substitutes or stipends.

The eligibility criteria is as follows:
  1. Employed full-time as a PreK-12th grade teacher and spends at least 50% of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom;
  2. Intends to continue teaching in the consecutive school year; and
  3. Has at least three years teaching experience as a PreK-12th grade teacher.

Please consider applying as a number of teachers across the district have benefited from this wonderful opportunity. Your school no longer has to be a school of promise to apply. Visit http://www.fundforteachers.org/ for more information.

Jennifer Schrab, Teacher at Jefferson Elementary School and recipient of a Fund for Teachers grant in 2014, has this to say about her experience: "Through my Fund for Teachers fellowship to South Africa, students at Jefferson learned about different cultures and varied economic perspectives.  Relationships formed with a nonprofit in South Africa (SizaBantwana) has empowered students to act as global citizens to help children in need.  Although my Fund for Teachers fellowship was in 2014, Jefferson continues to learn from and partner with our friends in South Africa.  I am going back to SizaBantwana in 2016 to strengthen and enhance connections made in 2014."

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