A Professional Development Program Sponsored by The Oaks Academy
Teachers choose their career because they love students and learning. However, when facing the great challenges of the profession, daily stresses can outweigh the joy of teaching and leave one depleted. The Indiana Teacher Renewal Fellowship (ITRF) is offered as a means of refreshment and vision, reigniting a teacher’s passion for learning.
This collaborative program centers around three all-day experiences at The Oaks Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana. Inspiring presentations based on a strategic educational philosophy intermixed with robust conversations and classroom observations will energize one’s perspective and provide practical tools for effectively supporting students.
Laura Grammer serves as the Head of School of The Oaks Academy Middle School, a highly successful independent school serving a diverse student body in the urban core of Indianapolis. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership and spent many years teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. After moving back to Indianapolis with her family, Laura was selected as Indianapolis Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2000. Through her 29 year career in education, she has enjoyed leading the hiring and professional development of faculty and inspiring others to think deeply about how students are motivated to lead mature and virtuous lives. Laura has also served as a board member and chair of the education committee for the Indianapolis Classical Schools, a nationally recognized charter school network in Indianapolis.
Margee Boswell currently serves as the Director of Early Childhood Education at both The Oaks Academy, Brookside and Fall Creek locations. Margee was a founding teacher in 1998, serving as a kindergarten teacher for twelve years and opening The Oaks Academy’s first expansion of the pre-kindergarten program. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University and a Masters in Remedial Reading from Butler University. Margee served as a remedial reading instructor in a consolidated high school prior to raising a family and returning to work at The Oaks. Margee enjoys working with parents and faculty to inform and inspire them through understanding the philosophy and practices that lead to healthy relationships with God, others, and rich ideas formed in the world around them.
At this time, there are no changes to the Indiana Educator Fellowship schedule for the 2020-2021 academic year. Enrollment deadlines for both professional development opportunities are lifted due to the disruption related to Covid-19.
Applications for the Teacher Renewal Fellowship continue to be accepted, with a target class size of 20 fellows. The online process includes submitting a one-page letter of recommendation from a school administrator. Special arrangements can be made if this requirement will delay registration. Questions can be directed to Nancy Schneider, Program Manager, at 407.451.4035
Ideally, applicants teach in a charter or voucher-funded preschool, elementary, or middle school. Having more than one teacher from a school participate is recommended for collaboration potential.
Tuition of $650 includes all materials and meals for the three full-day residency days. ITRF is eligible for Title II funding. Needs based scholarships are available.
Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. The 2020-2021 Residency Days are on Wednesdays, September 30, December 2 and March 24. Between sessions, there will be assigned exercises, requiring one to three hours, depending on the topic.
Each residency is hosted at The Oaks Academy Middle School located in Indianapolis at 1301 East 16th Street. Visits to The Oaks Fall Creek and Brookside locations for classroom observation are included in the fall and spring residency days, with transportation provided.
Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis with a class capacity of 20 fellows.
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