Fund for Teachers

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EL Education

Since 2004 EL Education has partnered with Fund for Teachers (FFT), a non-profit organization that enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting them as the identify and pursue opportunities around the world that make the greatest impact on their practice, students, and school communities. By trusting teachers to design unique summer professional learning experiences (fellowships), FFT grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership. Since 2001, FFT has invested $23.5 million in more than 6,300 teachers, for travel to 141 countries on all seven continents, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students. EL Education teachers have earned 500 of those grants, totaling over $1.7 million in funding.

Teachers may receive up to $5,000 for individuals or $10,000 for team fellowships. FFT's application opens in October each year, and proposals are due at the end of January. Visit www.fundforteachers.org to learn more and apply, or contact fftinfo@ELeducation.org for support in applying from an EL Education Network school.

Learn about EL Education's 2017 Fund for Teachers Fellows:

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.


Links to Explore
EL Education 2017 Fund for Teachers Fellows

EL Education 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellows
EL Education's 2015 Fund for Teachers Fellows
Fund for Teachers Application
Fund for Teachers Newsletter, "Odyssey"
Fund for Teachers "Impact the Future" video
Diving into Deeper Learning with FFT Fellow, Matt Strand
Fund for Teachers Spotlight: Tamra Plotnick
Fund for Teachers Spotlight: Erin Thesing

Created By

EL Education

Since 2004 EL Education has partnered with Fund for Teachers (FFT), a non-profit organization that enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting them as the identify and pursue opportunities around the world that make the greatest impact on their practice, students, and school communities. By trusting teachers to design unique summer professional learning experiences (fellowships), FFT grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership. Since 2001, FFT has invested $23.5 million in more than 6,300 teachers, for travel to 141 countries on all seven continents, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students. EL Education teachers have earned 500 of those grants, totaling over $1.7 million in funding.

Teachers may receive up to $5,000 for individuals or $10,000 for team fellowships. FFT's application opens in October each year, and proposals are due at the end of January. Visit www.fundforteachers.org to learn more and apply, or contact fftinfo@ELeducation.org for support in applying from an EL Education Network school.

Learn about EL Education's 2017 Fund for Teachers Fellows:

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.


Links to Explore
EL Education 2017 Fund for Teachers Fellows

EL Education 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellows
EL Education's 2015 Fund for Teachers Fellows
Fund for Teachers Application
Fund for Teachers Newsletter, "Odyssey"
Fund for Teachers "Impact the Future" video
Diving into Deeper Learning with FFT Fellow, Matt Strand
Fund for Teachers Spotlight: Tamra Plotnick
Fund for Teachers Spotlight: Erin Thesing