Fund for Teachers, in collaboration with PEF, awarded fellowship grants to 31 Hamilton County teachers totaling $98,000.
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. Many of the grantees are teams of teachers from multiple schools across Hamilton County. Thursday night the teachers gathered at PEF to share with each other and the community the impact these self-designed learning adventures are having on their classrooms.
Among the proposals:
Trey Joyner: Normal Park Museum Magnet
Explored science content through a coast to coast journey, documenting learning adventures through edited videos for student learning and district sharing. www.scienceshorts.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Zachau and Vandana Teneja: Apison Elementary and Clifton Hills Elementary
Attended bilingual Cloud Forest School and Centre Panamerican de Idiomas language school in Monteverde, Costa Rica; visited other sites to learn about country’s culture and biology. http://greenteamvinnieandlisa.blogspot.com
Andrea McGuirt and Heather McIntyre: Ooltewah High
Studied history and culture of France and Italy as these influence fashion and art; helping students use this knowledge in developing their portfolios using technology. www.fameparisitaly.blogspot.com
“The impact these Fund for Teachers experiences have had on our Hamilton County teachers and their students is amazing,” said Leslie Graitcer, PEF director of Fund for Teachers. “We are excited to announce that the Fellowship application is now open for all Hamilton County, Bradley County, and Cleveland City educators for next summer.”
Applications for 2014 Fund for Teachers fellowships are now available and are due Jan. 30. More information about the program, as well as a link to the online application and a full list of 2013 Fellows, is on PEF’s Fund for Teachers website. This is the first year that teachers in Bradley County are eligible for fellowships, made possible through PEF’s partnership with Fund for Teachers and the Bradley County Public Education Foundation.