Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fund for Teachers Award

A Spring Woods High School history teacher has been named a Fund for Teachers award winner and will travel this summer to pursue both professional and personal interest in the impact of World War II on California and Hawaii.

Lora Clay teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History and other history classes at the Spring Branch ISD high school campus. She will join 38 other Houston area teachers from 33 schools who will embark on self-designed odysseys in the days ahead.

The grant will support Clay’s interest to “explore through a historical lens the impact of World War II on California and Hawaii to create a more engaging classroom in which students can better comprehend the effects of Pearl Harbor and Japanese Internment Camps.”

The grant proposal was written by Clay and former Spring Woods Middle teaching colleague Erica Robinson, an intervention specialist. The two teachers are planning a mid-July trip with stops at the Manzanar Internment Camp north of Los Angeles, and then at the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The two teachers resubmitted the education proposal after trying once before, and were selected this time around. “I believe that I may have screamed out in class, ‘I’m going to Hawaii!’ Then I texted Erica with the good news,” Clay said.  

The Fund for Teachers supports educators’ efforts to develop new skills, learning and confidence in teaching that will impact student achievement. The fund trusts teachers to design their own unique summer fellowships, and it uses its grants to deepen both the professionalism and leadership of the chosen educators.

Since 2001, the Fund for Teachers has invested almost $22 million in nearly 6,000 teacher grants. Once issued only to Houston area teachers, the grants are given out today to educators across the nation.

The Fund for Teachers believes that after pursuing scientific data, participating in seminars, volunteering with community organizations and observing best practices, these teachers will return to their classrooms as lead learners to inspire their students and campus communities.


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