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Posted Apr 13, 2016

APT Names 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellows

National program funds Alabama teachers’ self-designed summer fellowships around the world

BIRMINGHAM, AL (April 11, 2016) — Nine teachers from across Alabama convene today to at Alabama Public Television to accept approximately $30,000 in grants from Fund for Teachers. With this money, teachers will pursue learning and skills in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Romania this summer.  

Fund for Teachers, a national nonprofit that invests in teacher learning, has partnered with Alabama Public Television to send 86 of the state’s teachers fellowships across America and around the world to impact student learning in local classrooms. This year’s Alabama Fund for Teachers grant recipients and fellowship descriptions include:

  • Rosemary Adams & Donna Hendrix | Crossville Middle School - Crossville
    Attend The Summer Literature Conference in Bellaire, MI, to gain insights on creating a positive reading atmosphere for ESL students in school libraries and the community.
  • Lanetta Koonce, Michael Williams & Tania Williams | Lauderdale County High School - Rogersville
    Tour the Center for Disease in Atlanta and research historic sites in the United Kingdom related to the Black Death to guide students’ understanding of disease transmission, the role diseases play in governmental policies and social customs, and the effects of a pandemic on literature.
  • Scott Larson | North Baldwin Center for Technology - Bay Minette
    Participate in two intensive furniture woodworking courses, Basic Woodworking and Embracing the Computer Numerically Controlled Lathe, at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME, to enrich newly created Computer Aided Design Wood Technology classes.
  • Amy McDonald | Shades Valley High School - Birmingham
    Enrich existing research of a Birmingham-area Holocaust survivor by collaborating with a teacher in his Romanian hometown to explore the story, connect classrooms and inform a nearly-finished book for Alabama (and possibly Romanian) classrooms.
  • Katherine Wilson | Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School - Montgomery
    Complete an immersive, two-week French teacher training at the Institut de Touraine in Tours, France, to develop strategies for teaching five levels of the language while improving personal fluency.
  • Teresa Zimmer | Cherokee Elementary - Guntersville
    Participate in “Science in the Rockies,” a hands-on science workshop to learn inquiry-based activities that promote students’ science exploration and strengthen critical thinking skills.

A complete list of 2016 Fellows, their schools and their fellowships can be found here.

Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested approximately $26 million in self-designed fellowships of more than 6,500 preK-12 teachers across the United States, changing their role from knowledge takers to knowledge makers. Fund for Teachers believes the answer to effective teaching lies in trusting teachers to identify gaps in their learning (and/or their students’) and providing grants to make the learning happen.

Fund for Teachers is a national program that enriches the personal and professional growth of preK-12 teachers by investing in their ideas for relevant learning that has the greatest impact on their careers, students and school communities. You can read more about Fund for Teachers’ mission and impact on the organization’s blog, Facebook and Twitter feed.

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