Global Teacher Fellowship applications due Jan. 30

Bolivar teachers Kayla King, Janet Tweedy and Joelle Smith received a Fund for Teachers Fellowship to attend an education conference in Orlando, Fla.

Bolivar teachers Kayla King, Janet Tweedy and Joelle Smith received a Fund for Teachers Fellowship to attend an education conference in Orlando, Fla.

The Global Teachers Fellowship program, an initiative of The Rural School and Community Trust, is now accepting applications from rural educators. All applications are due by Saturday, Jan. 30.

A handful of teachers from the Rural Schools Partnership’s service region have been awarded the fellowships, which provide $5,000 (individual) or $10,000 (two or more teachers) for personal and professional development, ideally involving international travel.

Click here for stories about RSP educators participating in the program, including Bolivar teachers Kayla King, Janet Tweedy and Joelle Smith, pictured, in 2011.

From the RSCT:

The Rural Trust’s Global Teacher Fellowship program will be awarding up to 25 in 2016 to support the professional and personal development of rural teachers.

The awards (up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers) support teachers’ participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall following their summer experience.

This fellowship is a stand-alone grant not meant to supplement other grant funds for larger projects.

Teachers are encouraged to center their learning in an international travel and study experience, out of which they develop interdisciplinary, place-based learning curricula aligned with their specific state and local content standards.

Eligibility: Any K–12 teacher working full-time and teaching at least 60% time in a public rural community classroom can apply for the fellowship. Counselors, media specialists, and other school personnel working or teaching in a public rural school setting at least 60% of their paid work time may also apply. Each applicant much have 4 years teaching experience by the fellowship start date.

The Rural Trust defines a rural community by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) locale codes: 32 (Town, Distant); 33 (Town, Remote); 41 (Rural, Fringe); 42 (Rural, Distant); or 43 (Rural, Remote). If your school is listed in one of these locale codes, you are eligible to apply. If your school or district is REAP eligible, you may also apply. For more details on eligibility, see the FAQs page.

Click any of the links below for information about the Summer 2016 Rural Teacher Global Fellowship program.

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Jim Holt, Sophia Greenwalt the subjects of latest “Stories of Hope and Help” segment

Julie presents award to Sophia Greenwalt WEBRSP superstars Jim Holt and Sophia Greenwalt are the subjects of the latest installment of Making a Difference: Stories of Hope and Help, a partnership between the CFO and KSMU.

Holt is the president of the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation and former president of the Reeds Spring R-IV School Foundation. Greenwalt is a Reeds Spring High School junior who, in addition to battling leukemia for the last two years, established the Helping Hats program which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local and regional efforts.

You can listen to the story, and past installments of Making a Difference, here.

Teacher Corps member helps Nixa school’s greenhouse flourish

Sometimes a plan comes together so perfectly, you think it must have been meticulously mapped Check closeand executed. Other times, all it takes is one educator and one e-mail. And that’s how several of the Rural Schools Partnership’s key initiatives converged early in the fall 2015 semester at Nixa’s John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD), a technology-centered elementary building in the Nixa R-II Public School District.

Hannah Ramsey, a senior at Missouri State University and a member of the 2014 class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps, is a teaching apprentice (not a student teacher, but more on that later) to sixth-grade teacher Tracy Harris. Since last spring, the sixth-grade classes of Harris, Chris Holmes and Ryan Mahn have been working to establish a school greenhouse. The setup already includes a greenhouse tent with cinderblock walls, raised beds with tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, basil and mums, and rain barrels that collect runoff from the building’s roof.

The goal is to establish a farmers market at the school and provide fresh produce to the cafeteria. Educationally, the project is just one example of a school-wide effort to make science a visceral, hands-on experience. In another example, sixth-grade classes make and sell their own lip balms when studying mixtures and solutions.

Funded largely by grants, the greenhouse has been a hit at the school and with students in its first six months, but with winter approaching, sustainability became an issue. That’s where Hannah comes in. Read the rest of this entry »