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Fund for Teachers Update: "Fund for Teachers is monitoring the rapidly evolving outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 (coronavirus). Our priority is the safety of Fellows and their communities. Our selection process for the 2020 Grants proceeds as usual. To accommodate the evolving viral outbreak, should it become necessary, FFT will allow grantees named on April 2, 2020, to defer their fellowship one year, to summer 2021."

Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the world that make the greatest impact on their practice, students and school communities. Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has awarded 8,500 teachers $32 million in grants to visit 152 countries on all seven continents.

PEF is proud to be the local partner for Hamilton County Department of Education applicants. Fund for Teachers allotted over $75,000 in grant awards for Hamilton County public school teachers in 2019. All preK-12 teachers were invited to apply for up to $5,000 as individuals or $10,000 as a team. In partnership with PEF, Fund for Teachers has provided more than $706,000 in grants to 178 Hamilton County public school teachers over the last seven years. Throughout summer 2019, sixteen Hamilton County teachers from thirteen schools visited four continents and five countries to build upon their skills as a teacher, as well as bring back new and exciting experiences to their schools, students, and communities.




  • Employed full-time as a PreK-12th grade teacher and spends at least 50% of their work week in direct instruction with students in a classroom or classroom-like setting;

  • Intends to continue teaching in the consecutive school year; and

  • Has at least three years teaching experience as a PreK-12th grade teacher.


Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000 (while team members may be from different schools, districts or states, all members must meet the eligibility criteria).


See the Fund for Teachers site for full eligibility information and guidelines on how grant funds may be spent.



Applications for 2020 are currently closed. Stay tuned in late 2020 for more information regarding 2021 applications. Learn more about the program in the Teachers section of the FFT site.  


Here are some helpful tips from Fund for Teachers to assist you with your application:

  • Visit the Application Learning Center where you can find everything you need from how to develop your fellowship ideas to tips for using the online system.

  • Writing tips for your application- we especially love tips #7, 8, and 9!

  • Applications are all judged against the Fund for Teachers' Scoring Rubric.  Each section of the proposal is weighed equally.  Use the rubric as you write!

  • You can also read the Fund for Teachers blog for inspiring stories, tips, and details.

For more information on Fund for Teachers contact:

Cliff Brittingham



  • Lauren Pritchett of Middle Valley Elementary School explored bridges in the United Kingdom to compare a number of factors, including local populations, building materials, architectural history and community impact, in order to engage in parallel studies of the Chattanooga bridges and communities.

  • Cheryl Laitner of Soddy Daisy Middle School and Ryan Rainey of Eastside Elementary School observed Inclusion Speech and Language Services in various schools in the Eastside of London with Speech and Language Therapists from the U.K. National Health Services. Additionally, they observed Speech and Language Therapists in different clinical settings in Birmingham and Worcestershire.

  • Jaime Kerns of Red Bank High School and Carol Bird of Hixson High School explored the intersection of culture, history, cuisine and agricultural science through Peru's unique products and practices. They also focused on how the unique cultural and environmental diversity of Peru has influenced and continues to shape the global landscape.

  • Susan Everly of the Howard School visited Bali to attend a creativity and mindfulness retreat to learn practices for stress reduction, deep focus, and cooperative resolution. Also, she studied its unique biomes, agriculture, and tourism industries.

  • Larry Daniels of Soddy Daisy High School traveled to nine national parks, one national monument, and one state park. He documented many of the projects developed within the structure of the New Deal, and brings this knowledge back to his classroom in order to deepen his student’s understanding of the impact the New Deal had on the U.S. both then and now.

  • Jana Clemons of Lofitis Middle School and Shannon Roddy of Signal Mountain Middle/High School explored successful, established library programs in England to gain inspiration and information on how these evolving institutions have thrived throughout history. They also built relationships with sister libraries, allowing them to broaden students' cultural awareness through exposure to the historical and popular culture of England as it compares to America.

  • Jeremy Henderson of Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts explored historically significant sites relating to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and other sites related to the spirit of American ingenuity that came before this momentous event changed American and world history.

  • Shannon Stidham of Woodmore Elementary School traveled to London, England and toured the different settings and inspirations of the Harry Potter series. She also visited Copenhagen, Denmark and toured the different WWII settings from the book Number the Stars.

  • Arthur Williams of Lakside Academy visited the schools of the STEM Canadian professional learning network to see how they have implemented STEM and MakerSpaces in their schools. He also attended the International Society for Technology Education conference to connect with experts in these areas.

  • Shannon Seigle and David Vanzant of STEM School Chattanooga visited self-sufficient, environmentally focused, community engrained FabLabs in Peru to continue shifting the educational paradigm towards digital fabrication and 21st-century skill development, while championing the heart of the Chattanooga Renaissance.

  • Madison Lowry of STEM School Chattanooga and Emily Hurst of Soddy Daisy Middle School traveled to San Francisco to attend a three day national STEM expo. They attended workshops that ranged from the latest technology available to integration techniques for learning.