Fund for Teachers 2019
FOUNDATION OFFERS GRANTS UP TO $10,000
Applications now open for Douglas County teachers, close January 31, 2019
October 22, 2018: The Ford Family Foundation is continuing its partnership with the national Fund for Teachers grant program for educators in Douglas County, Oregon. The program supports current educators teaching in public Douglas County schools to design and journey on their own summer learning experiences to impact their practice, students, and school communities.
Since 2016, The Ford Family Foundation has supported 44 educators from 16 Douglas County schools in their self-designed summer professional learning experiences, including attend education conferences, specialized workshops, and self-designed learning experiences including forestry practices in Chile, geology in Iceland, fossils in Utah, ancient cultures in Egypt, a recreation of the Oregon Trail, and more. Douglas County students continue to be impacted each year as teachers return to classrooms with more information, enthusiasm, and additional tools for teaching.
UP TO $50,000 WILL BE AWARDED
This is the fourth year that the Foundation is providing this opportunity to Douglas County public school teachers. Up to $50,000 total will be awarded to teachers in Douglas County.
Applications to become a 2019 Douglas County Fund for Teachers Fellow opened October 1, 2018. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and school teams may apply for up to $10,000. Applications close January 31, 2019.
Since 2001, the national Fund for Teachers organization has invested $30 million in more than 8,000 pre-K–12 teachers across the United States. 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.
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.
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.
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 PreK–12 teacher.
- At least three years of teaching experience (including current year).
- Spends at least 50 percent of his or her workweek 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 2019 Fund for Teachers Fellows opened October 1, 2018. Applications close January 31, 2019.
Applicants must be employed by a public school in Douglas County, Oregon, in one of the following districts: Camas Valley, Days Creek, Elkton, Glendale, Glide, Oakland, North Douglas, Reedsport, Riddle, Roseburg, South Umpqua, Sutherlin, Winston-Dillard, Yoncalla.
To learn more, visit the Fund for Teacher’s website at www.fundforteachers.org.