Grant sends ECSE classroom teacher to Ireland
Douglas ESD's Annie Bailey, a classroom teacher for the Early Childhood Special Education program, is one of 21 Douglas County eductors who will have great stories to tell this fall about how they spent their summers. That's because Bailey and the others are embarking on self-designed summer professional development experiences as grant recipients of The Family Ford Foundation's 2016 Douglas County Fund for Teachers.
This is the first year the Ford Family Foundation has partnered with Fund for Teachers to provide such grants. Recipients are able to enhance their classrooms and careers through the skills and knowledge they gain from their summer experiences.
Bailey, an early childhood special education teacher, will participate in the Education in Ireland summer program at the National University of Ireland. The program will allow her to study the development, structure and organization of the Irish education system. In addition, she will meet with early childhood special education practitioners in Ireland to gain insights and resources she can bring back to Roseburg.
Other projects grant recipients will pursue include attending a San Diego conference focused on poverty, getting instruction in Navajo arts in New Mexico, exploring Chilean natural resources with an emphasis on forestry and recreating a wagon train in Jamestown, North Dakota.
"The (Fund for Teachers) partnership is part of our efforts to ensure rural Oregon youth have access to high-quality education programs both in and out of school," said Anne Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. "Enhancing teacher quality through the support of professional development is a core component of the effort."