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Summer and Travel Opportunities

DCPS Summer School

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has an exciting array of programs, offerings, and academic experiences planned for students during the summer months. Teachers are needed for Extended School Year, Summer Bridge, K-8 Summer School, High School Summer School, English Language Learner Summer Academic Program, and other programs hosted at schools around the district.

Summer school teachers receive $34/hour, and must commit to work for the entire summer session. Applications will be available in the spring. For more information, and to apply, visit

Extended School Year Instructional Analyst

Extended School Year (ESY) instructional analysts are high-performing DCPS special educators who work with the Office of Specialized Instruction (OSI) Academic Supports team to bring students with disabilities the best possible instructional programs. In this role, analysts have the opportunity to work alongside OSI staff as they observe, assess, and evaluate special education curriculum in a range of ESY settings, collaborate with colleagues, and inform instructional decisions with quantitative data and professional expertise.

OSI will launch several new curricula and interventions across summer school sites, and ESY instructional analysts will play an important role in supporting and evaluating the efficacy of these programs.

This part-time fellowship runs for four weeks in July 2015. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program provides short-term international study and travel seminars for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to promote a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diverse cultures.

Seminars last four to six weeks and are conducted during the summer. Each year, there are approximately 10 seminars with 16 participants per seminar.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements and application process, please visit:

Fund for Teachers

Fund for Teachers invests in pre-K-12 educators’ ideas for professional development – anything, anywhere. Through an online application, teachers identify learning gaps – theirs and/or their students’ – and propose ways to fill those gaps with self-designed fellowships, potentially including international travel or professional conferences. Individuals are eligible for up to $5,000 in funding, and teams are eligible for up to $10,000 in funding. Grant recipients then pursue new knowledge on every continent during the summer.

Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested more than $20 million in the development of over 5,000 teachers. These teachers conduct field research, volunteer with community organizations, master new skills, and deepen their understanding of a subject. More importantly, these odysseys culminate in broadened perspectives and honed skills that directly impact students, classrooms, and school communities.

The Fund for Teachers online application opens on October 1, 2014, and is due January 30, 2015. Grant recipients are notified in April. For more information, please visit:

Hollyhock Fellowship

The Hollyhock Fellowship is designed to support talented, early-career high school teachers by developing expertise in teaching their content area and leadership skills. This program will bring teachers to Stanford for two weeks of residential summer workshops (in both the summers of 2015 and 2016) taught by university scholars and expert practitioners, and will provide fellows with continued online coaching and mentorship during the school year.

Teachers will receive a stipend for participating, and the program will cover all travel, room, and board expenses during the summer. Teachers will also receive continuing education credits and a certificate of teacher leadership. Participants are strongly encouraged to apply with at least one colleague from their school.

For more information, visit

LearnZillion Dream Team

Teachers who want to broaden their impact beyond the classroom, learn from content experts, and challenge themselves in new and exciting ways should apply to be a part of the LearnZillion Dream Team. Dream Team members are talented teachers who work closely with LearnZillion coaches to create lessons and supporting materials that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and freely available to teachers and parents on

LearnZillion is a learning platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. Each lesson highlights a CCSS, starting with math in grades three through nine.

Each Dream Team teacher earns a $2,000 stipend.

To learn more and begin your two-part application, visit

Teachers for Global Classrooms Grant Program

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Grant Program (TGC) is a professional development opportunity for U.S. secondary teachers aiming to globalize teaching and learning in their classrooms and schools. Approximately 100 teachers will be selected for participation in the 2014–2015 program through a competitive national process.

If selected, teachers will complete an online course, attend two global symposiums in Washington, DC, and travel abroad with a U.S. cohort to learn about the history, culture, and education system of a host country. While traveling abroad, teachers share and synthesize their experiences from school visits and reflect on best practices for infusing curricula with global perspectives.

Applications for the grant are due each spring. For more information, please visit:

Teacher Ranger Teachers

The Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program is a professional development opportunity for selected teachers to spend the summer learning and working in our nation’s largest classrooms – the national parks. Teachers are matched up with opportunities that will enhance their subject matter expertise in the classroom. National Park Service units, ranging from the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to Channel Islands National Park, provide a chance for teachers to truly experience science, history, and the diversity of American stories. As TRTs, teachers will work on a variety of projects and duties, such as preparing curriculum materials for parks and presenting interpretive programs for the general public. After their summer experience, TRTs bring their knowledge of park resources back to their classrooms and serve as a lifelong bridge between the National Park Service and their district, school, colleagues, and students.

For more information, visit

Teachers Central to Leadership Fellowship

The Teachers Central to Leadership (TCTL) Fellowship is a five-week program that places six to eight educators on teams in the DCPS central office during the summer. Fellows provide critical input on issues such as curriculum, teacher recruitment and selection, professional development, and communications. Fellows meet weekly with DCPS senior leaders and have opportunities to share their perspectives and expertise.

The fellowship is open to current DCPS teachers and instructional coaches, and fellows receive a $5,000 stipend for their work. The selection process begins each spring and includes an online application and an in-person interview for a select number of teachers. Please visit Teachers Central to Leadership Fellowship Program on the DCPS website for more information.

Spotlight: Kristen Addison

Before joining Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School in January 2011, Kristen previously taught in both charter schools and in surrounding public school districts.  As a Teachers Central to Leadership Fellow, she provided input on District initiatives such as social studies curricula, report cards, professional development, and New Teacher Orientation. 

Kristen also participated in the Common Core Reading Cops, is a Teaching in Action Consulting Teacher, and was a member of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's teacher panel for the roll out of Common Core State Standards and the PARCC Assessment.

Kristen Addison PhotoLIFT has allowed me to grow as a teacher and leader while still allowing me to continue my passion -- teaching young children.  LIFT has also made me feel more appreciated and recognized as a teacher than in any other previous school system.