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November 20, 2018 - Fund for Teachers Information Sessions Available in December and January

by OFE | 2018-11-21 11:12:23

Oklahoma pre-K through 12th-grade teachers seeking customized professional development opportunities are encouraged to attend information sessions offered in December and January about Fund for Teachers grants.

In partnership with the national nonprofit Fund for Teachers, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and the Tulsa Community Foundation will offer grant proposal writing and information sessions at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in The Oklahoman conference room, 100 W Main St., Ste. 100, Oklahoma City; and at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Radar Room at Clinton High School, 2130 W Gary Blvd. Webinar information sessions will be available at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Registration and webinar information can be found at www.fundforteachers.org/fft-events.

The Fund for Teachers grant program awards fellowships of up to $5,000 for individual teachers and up to $10,000 for teams of teachers for self-designed professional development experiences to take place anywhere in the world during the summer months. The grant cycle application process is now open online at www.fundforteachers.org and will close Jan. 31, 2018.

Teachers attending the information sessions will learn about eligibility requirements, the application process, tips and advice for developing a fellowship proposal and grant writing assistance.

Fund for Teachers supports teachers in their desire to improve their craft and gain understanding by offering professional development unique to the needs of their students and teaching philosophy. Since 2006, the Fund for Teachers program in Oklahoma has provided more than $3.5 million in grant funds to more than 1,000 Oklahoma teachers. 

Last summer, 26 teachers from Oklahoma schools returned from learning odysseys in locations in Europe, South America and North America. Discovery and insight bloomed as fellows adventured through archaeological digs, attended festivals and conventions, toured historical locations, experimented with new technology, learned new languages and cultures, met key people in their fields and much more.

“Fund for Teachers fellowships can literally change lives,” said Alycia Johnson, program officer for Fund for Teachers. “Through their unique adventures, teachers experience both sides of the education process. They again find themselves as students, researchers and learners. They find that their fellowships reignite their passion for teaching and inspire them to connect in new and impactful ways to their students and communities.”

Fund for Teachers fellowships are open to Oklahoma pre-K through 12th-grade teachers in public, private, parochial and charter schools. Applicants must have at least three years of teaching experience, be full-time employees and spend 50 percent or more 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. School administrators are not eligible for the grants.

For more information about Fund for Teachers, or to apply for a grant, please visit www.fundforteachers.org. To inquire about hosting an information session at your school, contact Sara Wilson at swilson@ofe.org or call 405-236-0006, Ext. 12.

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