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43 Expeditionary Learning Teachers Awarded Grants from Distinguished Fund For Teachers Program

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    Lauren Parent

Teachers from Network of 165 schools Awarded Grants to Further EL School Model that Focuses on Enhancing Teacher Capacity and Inspiring Global Citizenship 

(New York, NY, April 15, 2013) – Every funding year, thousands of teachers apply for Fund For Teachers grants in order to help them grow in and out of the classroom. Through an in depth online application, pre K-12 teachers representing 350 schools in 200 districts submitted their funding proposals for self-designed professional development projects to be carried out in places all over the world. Hundreds of volunteers from corporate, philanthropic, academic and civic sectors convened in March to review the proposals and select the winners. They awarded $2 million in grants to 531 teachers. Of those, 43 Expeditionary Learning (EL) teachers were awarded over $160,000 in grants.

Fund for Teachers is a nonprofit that awards fellowships for self-designed professional growth to PreK-12 teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, the power of knowledge, and their ability to make a difference. Each Fund for Teachers fellowship is as unique as the teacher who designed it, and since 2001, approximately 5,000 teachers have been awarded $17.8 million in Fund for Teachers grants-up to $5,000 for individuals, or $10,000 for teams. Fund for Teachers fellowships have taken place in 124 countries on every continent, empowering teachers to explore new ideas, new cultures, and new ways to make a difference. Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the world that impact their students and school communities.

“Fund for Teachers grants honor exemplary teachers’ quest for life-long learning and intensifies the impact they make in the classroom,” said Karen Webb, executive director of Fund For Teachers. “We are proud to partner with Fund for Teachers, ” said Scott Hartl, CEO of Expeditionary Learning. “These grants give our teachers the recognition they deserve while giving them the opportunity to take risks as learners, deepen their scholarship and develop as leaders.” 

Each Fund for Teachers grant is unique, allowing teachers to pursue diverse learning opportunities and expand their curriculum. EL teachers will be studying Roman/Etruscan art and architecture with experts in Italy, creating a documentary in St. Eustatius focusing on the important role the Caribbean island played in the American Revolutionary War, and attending the International Educators Conference on the Holocaust at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

About Expeditionary Learning (EL)

EL partners with school districts to open new schools and transform existing schools at all levels, pre-K–12, and in all settings-urban, rural, and suburban. The EL school model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in schools. EL has 20 years of experience developing the capacity of new and veteran teachers to strive for the expanded definition of student success - a vision that combines rigorous academics with critical higher order thinking skills - laid out by the Common Core State Standards. The EL network includes more than 160 schools, 4,000 teachers, and 45,000 students. For more info,