FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Adam Russell Gelfand Fellowship is chosen annually from Teacher Grant recipients focusing on geography, mathematics, and/or poetry, and enriching the teacher-student relationship. There is no separate application for the award, which includes a $500 stipend.
Charlie Baker Legacy Award is selected from among Teacher Grant recipients in the areas of US History and/or World Geography. An additional $1,000 is awarded to extend the scope of the funded grant to pay for travel to research sites, stipends, course tuition, and/or supplies directly related to the project. Interested applicants must indicate in writing how the award would extend and/or enrich their projects.
This award encourages two areas of study:
• the economic, environmental, ethnic, racial, or cultural past of the United States with a view toward improving knowledge of U.S. history
• world geography with a view toward promoting and increasing geographic literacy in the classroom
David E. Pradell Award will be chosen annually from Teacher Grant recipients who have demonstrated creativity and passion for teaching middle school. There is no separate application for the award, which includes a $500 stipend.
DEADLINES AND NOTIFICATIONS
The application MUST BE COMPLETE and uploaded by 5 PM on Monday, March 4, 2024. No extensions are possible. E-mails will be sent to applicants acknowledging receipt of the proposal.
During March and April, the BEF Teacher Grant Committee will meet to review and act on proposals. Award notifications will be sent to applicants in mid-April.
Grant recipients are recognized at the Brookline Education Foundation’s Celebrating Teachers event on May 7, 2024.
Grant recipients may begin project activities no earlier than July 1, 2024.
Grant recipients must submit evaluation forms upon completion of the grant project.
The Teacher Grant Committee is comprised of PSB members, including past Teacher Grant recipients, and members of the BEF Board of Directors. The committee will evaluate each proposal based on the following:
• The proposed project supports excellence in teaching.
• The proposal is an innovative project or idea.
• It explores an interest or passion of the applicant.
• The ideas informing the project are sufficiently developed and explained.
• The project activities are well defined.
• The applicant has provided helpful or necessary documents to support the application.
• The applicant will acquire new knowledge.
• The proposed budget seems realistic given the scope of the applicant’s plans.
• The applicant will experience professional growth and/or renewal.
• The project will enhance the applicant’s professional practice (e.g., by offering new skills, strategies, academic enrichment or rejuvenation).
• The applicant’s students and/or colleagues will benefit from the project, directly or indirectly.
• There are clear plans to share knowledge and perspective gained in the course of the project.