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Fund for Teachers to Host Grant Information Session in Tulsa

2008 Grants Available to Enrich the Professional Growth of Teachers

September 13, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Public and private school teachers interested in learning about Fund for Teachers grant opportunities, how to write a grant proposal and eligibility requirements are invited to an information session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Student Union at Tulsa Community College’s Southeast Campus, 10300 E. 81st Street South.

Fund for Teachers enriches the professional growth of teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities. In 2006, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to offer Fund for Teachers grants to educators statewide through the combined efforts of the national Fund for Teachers, the Tulsa Community Foundation and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Grants of up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for teams are available to teachers from Oklahoma public, private, parochial and charter schools to provide self-designed summer professional development opportunities. Grant applications will be available Oct. 1 at www.fundforteachers.org and must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

The information session and Fund for Teachers grants are open to all pre-K through 12th grade teachers who have three years of teaching experience, are full-time employees and spend at least 50 percent of their time in a classroom setting. In addition, applicants must have the intention of returning to their school and/or district following their summer professional development. Applicants will be selected based on each proposal’s merit—the potential for teacher growth and rejuvenation, as well as student, classroom and school impact.

To view a list of upcoming dates and locations of additional information sessions or for more information, visit the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Web site at www.ofe.org or contact Dayna Rowe by e-mail at drowe@ofe.org or phone at 405-236-0006.

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Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities. Making a difference one teacher at a time, Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support fellowships of their own design. FFT impacts teachers, classrooms, schools and students. It is estimated that one grant reaches 3,000 students over the span of a teacher’s career. To date, more than 2500 Fellows in 47 states and Puerto Rico have studied and traveled throughout the United States and 91 other countries on seven continents. Founded by Apache Corp. Chairman Raymond Plank, the Fund for Teachers’ enrichment fund is supported by foundations, individuals and corporate donors.

Founded in 1985 by then-U.S. Sen. David L. Boren, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Its programs include a televised academic awards program to recognize outstanding students and educators, a training and outreach service to public school foundations, a partnership with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to provide teacher training and electronic field trips to Oklahoma schools, a teacher scholarship program for professional development, and a new mentoring initiative to promote the establishment and growth of school-based mentoring programs throughout the state

Tulsa Community Foundation is America's largest community foundation and was organized in 1998 by an esteemed group of business and civic leaders to support charitable efforts in eastern Oklahoma.