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Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program

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As the thousands of teachers, principals, counselors and librarians joined the students and headed back to schools all across Indiana, 120 of them chatted about their summer adventures as beneficiaries of a special Lilly Endowment program. The program is the popular Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program, and it will be back next year marking its 24th year.
So far, more than 2,200 Indiana educators have taken their fellowships in hand and roamed the world to explore opportunities they have long dreamed of. Participants studied everything from Italian mosaics to the life of William Butler Yeats.
This summer’s participants could be spotted in Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Greece, Scotland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Denmark, Spain, Ireland, England, France, Sicily and the Netherlands.
They also visited Central and Latin America to immerse themselves in the Spanish language, study organic gardening and create journals of words and art, and some traveled to Africa and Asia.
Others stayed in the United States to photograph and “absorb” the national parks through hiking, backpacking and camping, build an organic backyard bee colon, collect family stories, tour the Midwest in a Model-A Ford, and write children’s books about bats and kangaroos.
But now it is time to look ahead to the Teacher Creativity Fellowship class of 2011. Up to 120 awards of $8,000 each will be made to public and private K-12 licensed teachers, principals, assistant principals, guidance counselors, and librarians and media specialists to support creative projects.
These projects will take place during six weeks next summer and must be completed by Aug. 31, 2011. The grant period, however, will run through May 31, 2012, so that recipients will be able to report how the grant activities have influenced their work in the classroom.
“The best teachers know that learning never ends,” Sara B. Cobb, Endowment vice president for education, said. “These teachers are curious. They are articulate and enthusiastic. They are eager to share.”
Cobb said there are always teachers who return and say the fellowship was a life-changing experience and the biggest adventure of their life.
“We are constantly amazed and gratified by the enthusiasm the teachers bring to these projects, the lessons they learn and the people they meet,” Cobb added. “The excitement they bring back to the students in their classrooms is contagious.”
All applicants must have at least three years of professional experience to be eligible for this competitive program. Also, former Teacher Creativity participants who received their award before 2004 are eligible to apply for a second award in the 2011 program.
Applications for the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program must be postmarked by Nov. 5. Notification of grant awards will be made by Feb. 25, 2011, and grant payments will be made in due course after March 15.
For more information about the Teacher Creativity program, application procedures or grant-writing tips, e-mail teachercreativity@lei.org, or visit www.lillyendowment.org.

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