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Congratulations to EL Education's 2017 Fund for Teachers Fellows

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    Sarah Norris

Twenty-one teachers from around the country were awarded grants to pursue life-changing professional learning.

Every April since 2004, it has been our great pleasure and pride to announce the new class of EL Education Fund for Teachers Fellows. 

Fund for Teachers (FFT) awards grants for self-designed summer professional development for teachers, and this summer 21 EL Education teachers will be embarking on these learning adventures. We are especially proud that so many of these fellowships position teachers and students as active contributors to a better world, with focuses on environmental justice, language access, cultural representation, students with disabilities, and immigrant and refugee rights. 

EL Education’s Chief Academic Officer Ron Berger, who has read every proposal since the beginning of this key partnership, remarks about this year’s entire collection of submitted proposals that “it is among the strongest, highest-quality groups I have ever seen.” That’s high praise indeed, and not just for those awarded, but for all those teachers across the country who submitted a proposal this year.

EL Education teachers have won over 500 fellowships since 2004, and these teachers have become leaders in the network and beyond. Among their number are four Klingenstein Teaching Award winners, multiple state Teacher of the Year honorees, and many who have eventually become EL Education staff. 

We are so proud to announce this year’s FFT Fellows!

Read more about Fund for Teachers here

Matthew Hicks, Kara Morrison, Toni Sulmers,
and Katie Woodbridge

Winnona Park Elementary School, Decatur, GA
Interview craftspeople, farmers, and entrepreneurs in Otavalo, Ecuador, to develop a case study that documents the stages of production of various goods, enlivens economics, and models primary source research.

Victoria Cavanaugh
Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School, Framingham, MA
Visit urban garden startups and clean energy practices in five European countries to document best practices and create a school aquaponics garden and related learning that examines
interdisciplinary connections in STEAM career fields.

Bethany Hobbs
Four Rivers Charter Public School, Greenfield, MA
Research the ways Caiçara on the Ilha do Cardoso in São Paulo, Brazil, meet their needs through sustainable fishing techniques and community-based governing practices to create case studies and a model action research project that supports student investigation on how to live within the 21st century while also living in balance with the environment.

Simon Farrell
Tapestry Charter School (K-12), Buffalo, NY
Observe efforts in Belize to preserve and protect the Meso-American Barrier Reef System and its marine diversity as a case study for learning on climate change and how local communities can steward and preserve aquatic resources of The Great Lakes.

Abigail Kirchman
The James Baldwin School, New York, NY
Investigate the art of paper folding in Japan to build a geometry curriculum that makes interdisciplinary connections between mathematical concepts and artistic creations.

Shilisha October
The James Baldwin School, New York, NY
Undertake an intensive French language study to discern between language differences and disorders with regard to speech-language high school students from French-speaking countries.

Alejandro Avalos, Greg Gentile, and Glen Meinschein
Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, New York, NY
Explore themes of colonialism, feminism and indigenous history in Mexico through an investigation of one of the most controversial figures in Mexican history, “La Malinche,” to engage students of different backgrounds and support their academic achievement.

Christine Dunbar and Charles FitzGibbon
Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, New York, NY
Using photo journalism and oral interviews, examine the immediate effects of climate change on coastal Alaskan natives to convey to students the interaction between individuals, communities, government policy and the climate.

Kevin Mears and Dana Nelson
Leaders High School, New York, NY
Explore the culture, literature, geography and political landscape of Greece to create learning that makes the roots of democracy and mythology come alive in the context of Greece’s current financial and refugee crises.

Lynn Vona
World of Inquiry School No. 58, Rochester, NY
Analyze international structures and systems of inclusive education with the European Agency in Barcelona to implement an action plan for developing a high school career path for students with special needs.

Lauren Greenspan and Julia Handelman
Graham Primary School, Columbus, OH
Complete the Children’s Yoga Course at Atma Darshan Yogashram in India and a week long training at The Holistic Life Foundation at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, to integrate yoga into the school and help students better cope with stress.

Carly Coles and Sharon Rixner
Entheos Academy, Magna, UT
Join an on-site dinosaur excavation and Paleo Training Course offered by Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum, MT, to incorporate real-life applications and experiences into a dinosaur and fossil based curriculum and spark student interest in science and scientific drawing.