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Yesterday was National Wildlife Day, created in… – Education Article

Yesterday was National Wildlife Day, created in 2005 and carried forward in the memory of animal lover and conservationist Steve Irwin. Irwin sought to educate the public, especially children, about conservation and endangered animals. FFT Fellow Leane Mortell and her fellowship in South Africa perpetuates his dream. Queen of the Jungle Leanne Mortell, kindergarten teacher at Bluff Elementary School in Claremont, NH, shares below “A Day in the Life” of her Fund for Teachers fellowship. She used her grant to…

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Honoring Maria Montessori’s Birthday by Carrying… – Education Article

Honoring Maria Montessori’s Birthday by Carrying on Her Vision Happy (belated) birthday to Maria Montessori, born on August 31,1870, and founder of the eponymous learning style characterized by independence and freedom within limits. Two teams of teachers used liberty afforded by Fund for Teachers to design fellowships that further enhanced early childhood education informed by Montessori. A team from Alighieri Montessori School in East Boston attended the International Montessori Congress in Prague, focusing on Montessori techniques as a path to…

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In support of the recent International Day for the… – Education Article

In support of the recent International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, we share the learning of Jodie Harnden (Sunridge Middle School – Pendleton, OR) who joined an atmospheric aerosol research project with scientists at NASA Langley to develop a similar student project modeling how authentic science is conducted to collect and analyze data useful to the community. In emergency medical practices the airway, or being able to breathe, is the first priority, making air pollution a major threat…

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Living La Vida del Profesor Emily Parkinson |… – Education Article

Living La Vida del ProfesorEmily Parkinson | Edison Elementary – Morton Grove, IL For as long as I’ve wanted to be a teacher, I’ve also wanted to teach abroad, immersed in a culture different from my own. During a particularly stressful experience this past year, it occurred to me that spending my summers abroad could be a perfect way to satisfy that international craving. I want to tell you a little bit about my fellowship living, learning and teaching in…

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Reflecting on Education Post-911 America’s… – Education Article

Reflecting on Education Post-911 America’s teachers were among the first responders on September 11, instantly becoming students’ source of information and calm. In the years following the tragedy, multiple teachers have turned to Fund for Teachers for grants to develop strategies and resources that help students process what happened and also provide context for those not yet born when the planes flew into the World Trade Center. One such FFT Fellow is Julie Gallegos, teacher at Bret Harte Middle School…

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Fund for Teachers grant recipients regularly head… – Education Article

Fund for Teachers grant recipients regularly head to the Florida Keys to research marine biology and conservation; therefore, we wanted to get their insight into Hurricane Irma’s devastation. We are grateful to Lucila Telesco (Newfield Elementary School – Stamford, CT) who, in the midst of Open House – for which she was organizing translators and buses – shared her story… Heartfelt Recollections of Florida’s Tropical Wilderness I embarked on my fellowship to Florida’s Everglades and the Key’s Coral Reef during…

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Thanks to Suzanne Almon for this account of how… – Education Article

Thanks to Suzanne Almon for this account of how her fellowship in the Florida Keys and Hurricane Irma are engaging students at Asian Studies Academy in Hartford, CT. Suzanne used her FFT grant to research the life cycle, habitat and rehabilitation of sea turtles in Florida and the Galapagos Islands to design a first grade, project based learning science unit on animal habitats. As a first grade teacher in an urban school, I strive to bring learning to life by…

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In 2014, Mike Monteleone (Delsea High School -… – Education Article

In 2014, Mike Monteleone (Delsea High School – Franklinville, NJ) used his Fund for Teachers grant to conduct marine biology, ecology and marine research in the Florida Keys. He took the time to share his thoughts on that experience, its impact on students and Hurricane Irma’s role in demonstrating how science is a verb. My wife and I were students at the University of Miami in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida. We witnessed first-hand the destruction to structures and…

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Introducing Mexican Arts into a Cultural No Man’s… – Education Article

Introducing Mexican Arts into a Cultural No Man’s Land As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, we share the fellowship of Jeannie O’Meara, teacher at Saint Adalbert Elementary School in South Bend, IN. With her Fund for Teachers grant, Jeannie completed a Spanish Language Immersion Program at Academia Hispano Americano in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to inspire, resonate with and teach the arts with an emphasis on Mexican culture in an urban PreK-8th school comprised of a 96% Latino…

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Miles and Miles of Math by Alyson Parenteau… – Education Article

Miles and Miles of Mathby Alyson ParenteauScience Technology Magnet High School | New London, CT As a math teacher, the most common question my students ask is, “When am I ever going to use this?” In response, I’ve organized Making Math Career Connections days, when community members come into the classroom and tell us how they use math in their lives.  Engineers, computer scientists, members of the military, medical professionals and business people talk about how they use math in their…

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Researching Human Rights Education Where Gandhi… – Education Article

Researching Human Rights Education Where Gandhi Pursued Itby Jamilah Pitts | Harlem Village Academy High School – New York, NY As a product of urban schools and a first-generation college student, I have spent my professional career working to secure and foster better educational opportunities for students of color in urban schools. I have spent the past four years working as a high school English teacher in urban schools that serve mostly Latino students and students of African descent. This…

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Monumental Learning As a second grade teacher at… – Education Article

Monumental Learning As a second grade teacher at Southlake Elementary in Oklahoma City, Shannon Cross is charged with teaching events, symbols, landmarks, holidays and historical figures associated with American History. She scoured the web, library books and You Tube for interesting resources, but found little age-appropriate information that would also interest a fidgety seven year old. After completing her fellowship/road trip this summer investigating major landmarks across the northeastern United States, Shannon decided to let her students become the primary sources. She started…

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FFT Fellow Receives EL Education’s Highest Honor… – Education Article

FFT Fellow Receives EL Education’s Highest Honor Congratulations to Lindsay Slabich, founding teacher at the Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, MA, who just received EL Education’s 2017 Klingenstein Teacher Award and its $5,000 cash prize. Voted on by peers within EL Education’s national network of schools, the Klingenstein Award is given to the teacher who most successfully transmitted to students the essence of EL Education culture, building exemplary character, driving outstanding academic achievement, and instilling an ethic of “citizen scholarship.”  In 2008, Lindsay, along…

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A Crusade of a Different Color On this day in in… – Education Article

A Crusade of a Different Color On this day in in 1095, Pope Urban II called all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims and regain the Holy Land, beginning the first of nine crusades. Two Chicago Public School teachers/Fund for Teachers Fellows have set out on a related, conciliatory quest rooted in culture. We share their student impact below… Sounds of clay drums filled the air as visitors strolled among stalls of Islamic art, stopping to have their names…

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