Initiatives

Applications Closed for 2013 Global Teacher Fellowship

Katie Hendrickson at the Louvre
2012 RTGTF Fellow Katie Hendrickson at the Louvre's Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Applications are now closed for the Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship program for the Summer 2013 Fellowships.

Up to 25 fellowships will be awarded in 2013 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.

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 rural community can apply for the fellowship. Counselors, media specialists, and other school personnel working in a teaching setting for at least 60% of their paid work time may also apply.

Find out more at www.globalteacherfellowship.ruraledu.org/.

Placeworks: Where the Arts Meet Place-based Education

Place-based education is at its best when it is collaborative, has a public purpose, and is grounded in community.  Missouri's Placeworks program embraces all three of these concepts.

The brainchild of Ozarks' artist Kate Baird, Placeworks brings together regional artists, art teachers, students, and local foundations in an exemplary effort to provide classroom students with authentic artistic experiences and celebrate local culture.  Entering its second year, the program receives funding support from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and CONCO, an Ozarks-based business.

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Cooperative Learning Webinar Opportunity

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The Center for Midwestern Initiatives invites you to join us for a Rural Classroom: Importance of Cooperative Learning— Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellows' Perspective, a special webinar set for November 10, 2011, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm CST.

This webinar will be presented by Bolivar, Missouri elementary teachers Kayla King, Joelle Smith, and Janet Tweedy who spent part of their summer vacations attending a week-long cooperative learning conference in Orlando, Florida, through one of 11 national Global Teacher Fellowship awards granted in 2011.  These awards are made in conjunction with The Rural School and Community Trust.

Read more: Cooperative Learning Webinar Opportunity