Fund For Teachers
Foundation offers grants up to $10,000
Applications open Feb. 14 for Douglas County teachers, close April 4
February 12, 2016: The Ford Family Foundation is bringing the national Fund for Teachers grant program to Douglas County, Oregon, to support teacher-designed educational experiences that impact their practice, students and school communities.
Up to $50,000 will be awarded
This is the first year that the Foundation, in partnership with Fund for Teachers, is providing this opportunity to Douglas County public school teachers. Up to $50,000 total will be awarded to teachers in Douglas County.
Starting February 14, 2016, individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and school teams up to $10,000. Apply to become a 2016 Douglas County Fund for Teachers Fellow at www.fundforteachers.org. The application process is open until April 4, 2016. See Fact Sheet (below) for more information.
Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested $23 million in more than 6,500 pre-K–12 teachers across the United States. All Douglas County public school teachers who have three or more years of experience in the classroom and are committed to teaching the following year are eligible to submit an individual or team proposal for summer educational experiences they deem relevant to their careers and classrooms – anywhere in the United States or around the world.
Fund for Teachers’ mission is to enrich the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities that they believe will create the greatest impact on their practice. Fund for Teacher grants renew teachers’ passion for their work, nurture connections to colleagues at home and around the world, and maximize their impact on students’ lives.
This initiative is part of The Ford Family Foundation’s ongoing work to support teachers and develop networks of high-quality teachers and leaders in Douglas County, Oregon, that collaborate to drive improvements in the academic and life outcomes of their students.
Download a Fund for Teachers poster for your Douglas County public school.
Download Fund for Teachers postcards for your Douglas County public school.
Download Fund for Teachers Program Information Sheet.
WHAT: Fund for Teachers is a national program that awards pre-K–12 educators with grants to explore self-designed learning opportunities and bring renewed passion back to the classroom. It enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities in the United States or around the globe. It allows them to engage in experiences that have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and their school communities.
Individuals may apply for up to $5,000, and teams may apply for up to $10,000.
A total of up to $50,000 will be awarded to Douglas County public school teachers.
WHY: The Ford Family Foundation’s goal in collaborating with Fund for Teachers is to support the recruitment, development and retention of high-quality teachers and leaders in Douglas County’s public schools.
WHO: Educators who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:
- A full-time pre-K–12 teacher.
- At least three years of teaching experience (including current year).
- Spends at least 50 percent of his or her work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom-like setting.
- Intends to continue teaching in the following school year.
- Is employed by a public school in a Douglas County, Oregon, school district. See the complete list of school districts below.
WHEN: Applications for 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellows open February 14, 2016. Applications close April 4, 2016.
Applicants must be employed by a public school in Douglas County, Oregon, in one of the following districts: