On the lighter side of the news, the Trib's Tracy Dell'Angela documents the summer travels of 51 teachers abroad through a Chicago Foundation for Education grant program (Trips abroad inspire new lessons). According to the article, "The summer professional development program was created by the
non-profit Chicago Foundation for Education, which partnered with the
Fund for Teachers to sponsor $200,000 worth of exotic travel." There were 250 applicants.
It's probably a very good thing that Chicago has a slew of grant and foundation programs to help support teachers during summers and during the year, including the Oppenheimer Family Foundation program that gives out grants for classroom projects, DonorsChoose, the online effort to match donors and teachers' specific needs, Rochelle Lee and its famous library/grant programs, and of course Golden Apple.
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