SOURCE: Fund for Teachers

Fund for Teachers

August 17, 2009 11:49 ET

Fund for Teachers Fellows Descend on Columbia University for Teacher Training

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 17, 2009) - Their students may have taken the summer off, but 20 teachers who received education grants from Fund for Teachers enrolled in Columbia University to take part in the annual Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP). The premiere program exposed these teachers to some of the best thinkers and teachers in the field of reading and writing.

The TCRWP is a research and staff development organization housed at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. The Project's weeklong Summer Institutes (the first two weeks of July and the middle two weeks of August) serve as annual clarion calls to more than 3,500 teachers, coaches, and administrators dedicated to creating a school community of life-long reading and writing enthusiasts. Sixty-five Fund for Teachers Fellows joined the pilgrimage since 2001.

"Together as a team, we began to investigate ways we could improve our language arts instruction," explained attendees from Los Angeles' Arroyo West Elementary. "We wanted to be more effective teachers, but we also wanted to breathe life and energy back into our language arts instruction for ourselves and for our students. To give us the skills necessary to more fully implement successful reading and writing programs in all our classrooms, we began to dream about attending the Summer Institutes."

"Teachers have the power to transform the world through their direct, daily contact with our future generations," said Karen Kovach Webb, executive director of Fund for Teachers. "FFT is a very public display of support for the vital functions that our committed public servants perform."

Made possible by individual and corporate donors, Fund for Teachers has awarded more than $12 million in grants to approximately 3,500 of America's top educators over the past nine years. Based in Houston, Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of America's top teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities around the world that will have the greatest impact on themselves, their students and their communities. This summer, 371 teachers closed their classroom doors to embark on their own personal and professional development experiences around the world. For more information on their destinations or how you can make teachers' dreams a reality, visit

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