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Nine Stamford Teachers Will Travel On Learning Fellowships

Nine Stamford teachers will travel to five countries this summer on learning fellowships.
Nine Stamford teachers will travel to five countries this summer on learning fellowships. Photo Credit: Stamford Public Schools

STAMFORD, Conn. -- In partnership with Stamford Public Schools and the Dalio Foundation, Fund for Teachers named nine Stamford teachers as recipients of grants totaling more than $25,000.

The grant recipients will embark on self-designed professional learning odysseys this summer.

Stamford’s FFT Fellows will be learning in five countries, spanning Costa Rica to Germany to Canada.

The Stamford’s 2016 FFT Fellows are: ·

Melissa Castiglia, Toquam Magnet Elementary School : Participate in Lindamood-Bell literacy training in sensory-cognitive instruction to improve special education students' sight word recognition and assist below-grade-level readers.

Lauren Hofer, Toquam Magnet Elementary School : Participate in the Staff Development for Educators National Conference on Differentiated Instruction in Las Vegas to gather new instructional strategies for making more individualized curricula for students of various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Kristin Veenema, Janell Iyer and Kristi Lawson, Stamford High School : Volunteer with the Children of Haiti Project in Port-au-Prince, gaining in-depth knowledge of the country's culture and education system to better serve the Haitian population at school.

Mary Enright, Toquam Magnet Elementary School : Enroll in a three-week French immersion course in Quebec to develop language skills for accommodating the school's influx of Haitian-Creole speaking students and families.

Louise McMinn, Scofield Magnet Middle : Participate in the Inquiry in Rain Forests: A Field-based Professional Development for Teachers course in Costa Rica, to develop proficiencies in teaching Next Gen science inquiry and video production.

Joshua Sette and Christian Witschy, Rogers International School : Study the music of post -World War II Berlin, Germany, and how the music of 1945-1990 reflects the growing tensions and cold war to create a unit on music as a tool of expression during a tumultuous time period.

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