Rakes & Pattison win grant to travel abroad

posted Apr 4, 2020, 12:04 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 4, 2020, 12:04 PM ]
Erinn Rakes and Julie Pattison teach art and music, respectively, at Jane Phillips Elementary School. They were among 37 teachers statewide who were selected for self-designed professional development grants for opportunities around the world in being named 2020 Fellows by Oklahoma’s Fund for Teachers.

When conditions allow, Rakes and Pattison will explore the history and culture of Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich to create trauma-informed classrooms that incorporate hands-on learning experiences grounded in the arts for Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth-Grade students.

$132,000 in such Oklahoma grants were made possible through a partnership between the national nonprofit Fund for Teachers, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and the Tulsa Community Foundation. An Oklahoma Tribal Alliance, which began supporting the program last year, expanded its support this year to help increase the Oklahoma fellowship funding to its highest level in five years. Additional funding was provided by the Stuart and Temple Foundations of Tulsa.

The Tribal Alliance is comprised of the Chickasaw Nation, Osage Nation, Cherokee Nation, Citizen-Potawatomi Nation, Choctaw Nation, Sac and Fox Nation, the Seminole Nation and the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma. This year, grants were awarded to six tribal members representing the Citizen Potawatomi, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Cherokee tribes.

Since 2002, more than 1,000 Oklahoma teachers have received Fund for Teachers grants totaling over $3.6 million. In 2006, Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to offer grants to educators statewide when the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence joined Fund for Teachers and the Tulsa Community Foundation as state partners. 

"Fund for Teachers fellowships empower teachers to explore their academic passions, deepen their scholarship and enhance their craft", said Karen Eckhoff, executive director of the national nonprofit organization.
Rakes & Pattison