July 06, 2005 14:14 ET

ETS/Bread Loaf Fellowships Awarded to 5 Alaskan Teachers

PRINCETON, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 6, 2005 -- Five English-language teachers from across Alaska have been selected to receive summer fellowships from ETS and the Bread Loaf School of English to improve their skills and maximize the learning of their students. A total of 14 fellowships were awarded to teachers serving primarily Native American students in the southwestern and northwestern United States.

All five Alaskans will attend the Bread Loaf site at the University of Alaska, Southeast campus, in Juneau this summer. The costs of the fellowships are being underwritten jointly by ETS, the world's leading educational measurement and research organization, and the prestigious Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.

Alaska teachers receiving the fellowships are:

--  Kerri Deal, Ketchikan High School
--  Sabrina Demmert, Klawock City School District
--  Rebecca Gallen, Walter Northway School
--  Lori Ortiz, Ketchikan High School
--  Jason Weber, Metlakatla High School
Along with the fellowships, ETS will provide each teacher with Criterion® subscriptions for up to 100 of their students. Criterion is a Web-based service developed by ETS to evaluate a student's writing skill and provide instant score reporting and diagnostic feedback to both the teacher and students. Combining expertise in research, writing assessment, and technological innovation, the Criterion service expands opportunities for learners to practice writing and to receive reliable feedback based on widely accepted standards.

Many highly qualified teachers applied for the ETS/Bread Loaf fellowship after ETS and Bread Loaf joined forces this year to support teachers of Native American students. The five selected from Alaska received the honor based on their past and future commitment to providing only the best instruction to their students. Additional fellowships were awarded to nine English teachers in Arizona, and New Mexico.

"I want to congratulate these Alaska teachers on receiving the ETS/Bread Loaf fellowships," says Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO of ETS. "All have demonstrated dedication to providing the highest quality education to their students. Their acceptance into the unique Bread Loaf program reflects their commitment to professional development and to improving student achievement."

About the Bread Loaf School of English

Since 1920, the Bread Loaf School of English has offered a rich array of graduate courses in literature, the teaching of writing, creative writing, and theater to students from across the United States and other countries around the world. For six weeks each summer, Bread Loaf students, many of them secondary-school teachers, work toward a Master of Arts or Master of Letters degree and study with a world-class faculty at one of four sites: Juneau, Alaska; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Oxford (England); and the home campus located outside Middlebury at the foot of Bread Loaf Mountain in Vermont.

About ETS

ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions, and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 24 million tests annually, in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at

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