Teaching the Teachers Overview
Our Teaching the Teachers program awards scholarships directly to educational and service organizations that teach woodworking to economically disadvantaged communities in the U.S. and abroad. We hope to further the work of these organizations by giving their instructors new woodworking skills and a vision of the educational woodshop that they can share with their own communities throughout a lifetime of teaching. For 2021, Teaching the Teachers is supported by the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, the Horowitz Family Scholarship Fund, the Betterment Fund, and the Chattahoochee Valley Teaching the Teachers Fund.
Institutional partners in Teaching the Teachers nominate their own instructors for fully funded participation in our Workshops. Scholarships pay all expenses except registration fees and costs provided for by a partner institution’s professional development policies. Covered expenses may include tuition, materials, transportation, and room and board.
We welcome inquiries from potential institutional partners with demonstrated outreach to economically disadvantaged communities, such as community colleges, trade schools, Title I secondary schools with Career and Technical Education programs, and nonprofit and governmental social-service organizations. Current institutional partners for Teaching the Teachers are:
- Alexandria City Public Schools Alexandria, VA
- The Compass Project @ Engine Biddeford, ME
- Eastern Maine Community College Bangor, ME
- Eldon High School Eldon, MO
- Granite School District West Valley City, UT
- Greater West Town Community Development Project Chicago, IL
- Hudson River Maritime Museum Kingston, NY
- Kids Making It Wilmington, NC
- Lansdowne High School Baltimore, MD
- Machias Memorial High School Machias, ME
- Messalonskee High School Oakland, ME
- MiLL National Training Center Colorado Springs, CO
- Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School Harrington, ME
- Redington Sr. Jr/Sr High School Wasilla, AK
- Salem-Keizer Public Schools Salem, OR
Through Teaching the Teachers, we are also teaming up with advocacy organizations that promote woodworking education for vocational training and economic development. Current affiliates are:
- Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society
- Northern Forest Center
- Woodwork Career Alliance of North America
We welcome inquiries from organizations that align with the mission of Teaching the Teachers
Organizations interested in nominating instructors for Teaching the Teachers scholarships or becoming affiliates should contact Ellen Dyer, the Center’s Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For priority consideration for 2022 scholarships, institutional partners should email their nominations by December 31, 2021 to email@example.com. Notification will be sent by January 15, 2022. After December 31, nominations will be reviewed for acceptance as they arrive, if funds are still available.
Financial Aid Philosophy
Teaching the Teachers is designed to benefit educational and service organizations that teach woodworking to economically disadvantaged communities. In order to assist as many organizations as possible, we ask partner institutions to shoulder as much of their instructors’ expenses as their own policies provide for.