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SOURCE: Fund For Teachers
Given the opportunity to design their own professional development experience anywhere in the world, 12 teachers chose the USA as their destination with American history as their focus.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) July 04, 2012
Determined to teach students the importance of celebrating our nation's history beyond the Fourth of July, 12 teachers from across the country are studying American history where it was made. This summer, wiith grants from the national nonprofit Fund for Teachers, these educators embark on diverse patriotic pursuits with a common mission: Making American history relevant to students.
"Transforming students' comprehension of American history beyond the quaint, Hallmark card-like images they harbor is challenging," said Raymond Kinzie, teacher at Chicago's Rufus M. Hitch Elementary School. (Kinzie designed his Fund for Teachers grant as a driving tour of geographical areas that shaped the lives of Franklin, Jefferson, Revere, and Washington to help students identify traits often found in successful leaders.) "This fellowship will deepen my understanding of the Colonial era and help my students see themselves as individuals who can make positive contributions to society, as did our Founding Fathers."
Since 2001, approximately 5,000 preK-12 educators have leveraged $18M in Fund for Teachers grants to experience this unique style of professional development and pursue new knowledge in 124 countries on every continent.
Additional teachers focusing their Fund for Teachers fellowships on American history include:
“For 12 years, Fund for Teachers grants have honored exemplary teachers’ quests for life-long learning, intensifying the impact they make in classrooms," said Executive Director Karen K. Webb. "By rewarding America’s teachers with opportunities for experiential learning, Fund for Teachers invests in our nation's future -– its students.”
About Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting their pursuit of learning opportunities around the world that have the greatest impact on their practice, their students, and their school communities. Visit FundForTeachers.org or facebook.com/FundForTeachers for more information on applying for or supporting Fund for Teachers grants.
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