Four teachers from Lincoln Elementary School in Beaver Dam were awarded a grant from the Fund For Teachers (FFT) Organization, a national not-for-profit that enriches the professional growth of teachers by supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities. The organization collaborates with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to administer grants throughout the state.
Of the 318 schools that were selected nationwide to receive the FFT grant, 15 schools were from Wisconsin, of which Lincoln Elementary was one. Having earned a Wisconsin DPI School of Recognition award this year made them eligible to apply for the grant. Grant writers Julie Sether, Judy Hein, Becky Gundacker, and Sarah Grey will travel to Scotland to conduct action research by observing primary Scottish classrooms, interviewing students, parents, educators and administrators, and exchanging ideas with Scottish colleagues regarding behavior and academic achievement.
Upon their return, the team will work together over the summer to write a report that will include their observation and data. This information will be presented to the Lincoln staff, PTO, Board of Education, and students, in the fall. This group is excited to have been selected for this amazing growth opportunity.