Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from the Asheville City Schools Foundation.
This is a story about supporting teachers, giving the community a way to actively make a difference to the lives of teachers in a era of attrition, and preparing students for the future with excellent public education.
Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF) has been mobilizing the community to support teachers for over 25 years. ACSF is very unique in North Carolina, gaining long standing support from the community, local businesses, and state and national grant funding. We began our Teaching Fellows Program in 2009 as a response to teacher retention in our district. Since then, the work has become more critical each year. Because of support from the community, we have been able to make a huge difference to teachers in our district.
ACSF is empowering teachers by allowing them to be leaders in their schools, supporting engagement with the community to bring new resources and energy into their classrooms, and giving stipends to compensate for extra hours spent working on their grants. Each year ACSF grants over $55,000 to approximately 50 teachers through our grant programs and impacts over 3,000 students.
Join us as we showcase ACSF’s Teacher Grants programs with two exciting tours in February! You will visit three classrooms with three different grants. These tours will spotlight how we are addressing;
- Teacher engagement by rewarding innovation and leadership
- Eliminating the achievement gap
- Differentiated learning with high impact arts integration experiences
- Offerings of dynamic STEAM initiatives
- Educating for future jobs- using both the left and right sides of the brain for problem solving skills
- Instituting Mindful practice to teach self regulation for both teachers and students
Teacher Grants in Action Tours:
Isaac Dickson Elementary: February 16th from 12:45-1:45 PM
Isaac Dickson Elementary School- 125 Hill St, Asheville, NC 28801
Hall Fletcher Elementary: February 21st from 1:15-2:15 PM
Hall Fletcher Elementary- 60 Ridgelawn Rd, Asheville, NC 28806