Fellowship, Grants, and Travel Opportunities
America Achieves Education Champions Fellowship
The Education Champions Fellowship is sponsored by America Achieves, a non-profit organization that aims to help America become a global leader in educational excellence and prepare all young people for success in careers, college, and citizenship. The Education Champions Fellowship leverages the voice of a diverse group of the nation’s most effective principals and teachers to improve national education policy and increase the practical tools available to educators nationwide. Members of the group have advised national education leaders, mayors, and superintendents of major cities, and have played a crucial role in both of NBC’s nationally televised Education Nation summits.
Fellows receive a stipend and will be provided with unique opportunities to advise top education leaders at a conference where they will also work with other excellent educators to help find solutions to some of the education system’s greatest challenges. Fellows will come together multiple times a year (beginning this fall during Education Nation in New York City) for community building and training in education policy. All travel and lodging expenses are covered.
Please visit: apply.americaachieves.org to apply.
DonorsChoose.org is a non-profit organization that connects public school teachers with people who want to provide financial support to individual classrooms. The organization provides an avenue for public school
teachers to submit project requests for specific materials. Donors choose which projects to support and then DonorsChoose.org delivers the materials directly to schools. In return, teachers post photos of the materials in use and mail student thank you letters to donors.
To learn more about this program and how to be a successful DonorsChoose.org teacher, visit: donorschoose.org/teachers.
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad
The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program provides short-term international study and travel seminars for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to promote a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diverse cultures.
Seminars last four to six weeks and are conducted during the summer. Each year, there are approximately 10 seminars with 16 participants per seminar.
To learn more about the eligibility requirements and application process, please visit: ed.gov.
Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers enriches teachers’ personal and professional growth by supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and their school communities. Individuals are eligible for $5,000 grants, and teams are eligible for $10,000 grants. Past recipients have used grants to travel to over 120 countries.
The Fund for Teachers application becomes available online each October, and is due in January. Awardees are notified in April, and travel takes place during the summer. Applicants are asked to thoughtfully consider not only what objective they would like to pursue, but also why and how they foresee the proposed experience making a difference for them as teachers, for their students, and for their school communities.
For more information, please visit: fundforteachers.org.
Math for America DC Master Teacher Fellowship
The Math for America (MfA) DC Master Teacher Fellowship is a five-year program for outstanding, experienced secondary school mathematics teachers. Teachers in the program participate in professional development activities, work with other MfA DC fellows, and pursue mathematical and educational interests. Participants in the program receive a $55,000 stipend over five years.
Teachers who are interested in the program must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree with a concentration in math, have at least four years of experience teaching math in DCPS or other public or public charter secondary schools, and meet the current MfA requirement for scores on the Praxis II exam.
To learn more about the application timeline and process, please visit: mathforamerica.org.
Teachers for Global Classrooms Grant Program
The Teachers for Global Classrooms Grant Program (TGC) is a professional development opportunity for U.S. secondary teachers aiming to globalize teaching and learning in their classrooms and schools. Approximately 100 teachers will be selected for participation in the 2012–2013 program through a competitive national process.
If selected, teachers will complete an online course, attend two global symposiums in Washington, DC, and travel abroad with a U.S. cohort to learn about the history, culture, and education system of a host country. While traveling abroad, teachers share and synthesize their experiences from school visits and reflect on best practices for infusing curricula with global perspectives.
Applications for the grant are due each spring. For more information, please visit: rex.org.
CityBridge-NewSchools Education Innovation Fellowship
The CityBridge-NewSchools Education Innovation Fellowship is a competitive year-long fellowship designed to introduce a cohort of Washington, DC’s strongest teachers to the most promising innovations in blended learning*. The fellowship will run from January 2013 through December 2013. Ten to twelve fellows who are currently teaching in DCPS and DC public charter schools will be selected. Fellows will meet one full day per month to visit schools, hear guest speakers, observe technology demonstrations, and participate in discussions. The cohort will take at least two trips, including one to California during the first week of April, which is spring break for DCPS and many charter schools (schools will be compensated for the cost of substitute teachers). In addition, fellows will design and lead blended learning pilot programs during the summer of 2013 and the 2013-2014 school year.
All fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend for participation in the program, as well as a professional development incentive grant of $2,500 to be used for the purchase of technology, personalized coaching or other approved development opportunities.
Applications are due Friday, November 9 before midnight. To learn more about the Fellowship and how to apply, please open the materials below or visit citybridgefoundation.org.
Teachers who have reached the Established, Advanced, Distinguished, or Expert stages of the LIFT ladder are eligible for this fellowship.
*Blended (or hybrid) learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace, and at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home. (Staker & Horn 2012)
Launched in 2012, the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers working in high-poverty public schools. No more than five teachers are awarded the prize each year. The prize is named for Shira Fishman, a TNTP-trained math teacher currently teaching at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC.
In addition to receiving $25,000 each, Fishman Prize winners participate in an intensive summer residency during which they reflect critically on their classroom practice, explore the larger issues that shape their profession, and write a short paper on the elements of effective teaching. The residency enables the winners to share their expertise with educators across the country without taking time away from the classrooms where they do their best work. For more information or to apply or nominate, go to the TNTP website at: tntp.org/fishman-prize.
Agnes Meyer Award
The Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards, were developed by The Washington Post Company Educational Foundation to commemorate Agnes Meyer, the wife of the Post’s former owner and a staunch supporter of public education. The goals of the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards are to “recognize excellence in teaching, to encourage creative and quality instruction and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.” Every year, the Post recognizes a DCPS teacher for this award, and celebrates their outstanding contribution to public education. The recipient will be honored at a ceremony in the spring and awarded $3,000. Recipients must have five years of teaching experience, three at their current school, and must be full-time PK-12 teachers to be considered. Please contact the Washington Post Community Relations Department directly with any questions about the award or nomination process at 202.334.7969, or visit washingtonpost.com/community.
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program invites experienced STEM educators with a demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership to apply for the 2013-14 fellowship. Selected teachers will spend 11 months in Washington, DC providing a professional educator's perspective on STEM policies and programs. Einstein Fellows may serve in a Congressional office or in a government agency such as the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Fellows receive a competitive monthly stipend and an allowance for professional travel and relocation. The goal of the Einstein Fellowship program is to inform national policy and improve communication between the K-12 STEM education community and national leaders. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district, and must have been teaching in one or more STEM fields full time for at least five of the last seven years. For more information about the program and to learn how to apply, visit www.einsteinfellows.org.