Two SPS Teachers Awarded Fund for Teachers Professional Learning Grants to Improve Classroom Practice Through Self-Designed Fellowships

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Last month, the Dalio Foundation awarded Fund for Teachers (FFT) professional learning grants to educators across Connecticut, including two from Stamford Public Schools (SPS). According to the organization, over the past 19 years, FFT has awarded some $32 million in grants to nearly 8,500 of America's top educators. 

As FFT Fellows, grant recipients will embark on self-designed professional learning odysseys during the summer. Given travel concerns surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s fellowships will be deferred to the summer of 2021.  

FFT honors the professionalism of dedicated teachers and values their judgment as to what best impacts their practice. Through the years, fellows have traveled to 152 different countries on all seven continents. This year’s SPS recipients and their project are:

Cloonan Middle School Special Education Teacher Missy Giandurco will explore "The Hero's Journey" in Italy to create an introductory thematic unit on humanitarianism and inter-connectivity through creative learning applications for the 8th grade special education learning population.

Westover Magnet Elementary School Teacher Teresa White will attend the International Society of Music Education Conference in Helsinki and Proms Classical Music Festival in London to document international approaches to teaching music performance and develop new learning on world cultures to increase student, school and community awareness of global diversity through music.

A complete list of 2020 FFT fellows can be found on the FFT website.

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