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.