2019 Fund for Teachers Fellows share learning experiences that will impact student achievement

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

If you could go anywhere in the world to study a subject, what would it be? Where would you go? For 16 Hamilton County teachers, the program Fund for Teachers granted them unique, global learning opportunities to explore the answers to those very questions!

Fund for Teachers (FFT), a national organization based out of Texas, provides grants to educators to address professional learning gaps through self-designed summer fellowships. The Public Education Foundation (PEF) and Hamilton County Schools (HCS) have partnered with FFT since 2012, giving HCS teachers the opportunity to apply for the grant on a local level. “Thanks to the partnership between Public Education Foundation and Fund for Teachers, more than 175 Hamilton County teachers have had the opportunity to go anywhere in the world to learn more about a subject they teach,” said PEF’s President, Dr. Dan Challener. “Over the years, teachers have learned about digital fabrication in Peru, STEM education in Germany, the culture of Cambodia, robotics in China, and thermal energy in Iceland. We are so lucky to have this partnership with Fund for Teachers.

On September 26, the community was invited to PEF to listen to each Fellow's FFT experience abroad and their plans to take what they've learned to implement in their classroom. Program Officer for FFT, Alycia Johnston, shared how truly inspired she is by the work each Fellow is doing in his or her classroom. She also informed the group of a new networking opportunity, called the Ramsden Project, which allows Fellows to stay connected after their Fellowship is over. "There are thos