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New Grants to be Available for Norwalk Teachers Through 2016 Fund for Teachers Grants Program

2016 Fund for Teachers Grant Program
Posted on 10/02/2015
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Norwalk Public Schools and the Norwalk Federation of Teachers have announced an expanded partnership with Fund for Teachers (FFT) for 2016 fellowships. Through this unique grant opportunity, teachers determine what they want to study, where they want to study it and how their learning will meet the needs of their students

Fund for Teachers recently honored the eight Norwalk teachers awarded FFT grants in 2015 totaling more than $34,000. 

“Our first eight Fund for Teachers Fellows set an impressive example,” said Dr. Steven Adamowski, superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools.  “The passion and knowledge they are bringing into the classroom is evident to students, and their commitment to lifelong learning make them excellent role models.  We’re very pleased that more Norwalk teachers will have the opportunity to apply for these grants in 2016.”

Diana Manousos, teacher at Brien McMahon High School, used her $5,000 FFT grant to attend Taft Educational Center’s AP Art History Workshop in Watertown before embarking on a study tour of Italy’s masterpieces.

“The opportunity to work alongside art history experts and peers helped prepare me for teaching AP Art History for the first time this fall. Going to Italy reinforced my workshop learning because I connected to the masterpieces in a visceral way.  This entire experience gave me a new outlook on my teaching and my career,” said Manousos.

Additional Norwalk grant recipients for 2015 include:

  • Melissa Giandurco – Wolfpit Elementary School

  • Louis Schede – Norwalk High School

  • Susan Quatrella, Joseph LaPrad &  Kelsey Murphy – Brien McMahon High School

  • Smith Mowry – Columbus Magnet Elementary School

  • Andy Pearce – Columbus Magnet Elementary School

“What’s remarkable about Fund for Teachers is that the teachers come back from summer fellowships and immediately apply their learning for students in the classroom,” said Yordon.  “Not just for one year but every year, for the rest of their careers, their students will benefit from these teachers’ fellowships.”

The expanded partnership kicks off October 1, when the online grant application goes live.  Applications are due by January 28, 2016, and recipients are notified in April.   Two information sessions for teachers interested in applying will be held on Thursday, October 15 at 2:45 pm and 3:45 pm at West Rocks Middle School.

About Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers supports preK-12 teachers’ pursuit of learning experiences that impact their practice, students and school communities. By awarding grants for self-designed fellowships, Fund for Teachers empowers educators as professionals, role models, explorers and scholars.  Fund for Teachers is one of the largest funders of teacher learning in the country, investing $24 million in more than 6,500 teachers since 2001.  For information about the application process, previous grant recipients or student outcomes, visit fundforteachers.org.