The Board of Trustees of The Rowland Foundation, a Vermont-based foundation focused on high school transformation in the state, has announced its 2012 fellowships. The Foundation received many applications from Vermont teachers, 12 of whom were selected as finalists and interviewed by the Foundation's executive director Charles Scranton, formerly the headmaster of Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. In its first four years of operation, The Rowland Foundation has recognized 23 visionary Vermont teachers from well over 100 candidates who applied for fellowships. To date the Foundation has awarded $2 million in grants to Vermont high schools.

"The caliber of the applicants and the quality of their proposals made the selection process extremely difficult," said Scranton. "We were very pleased by the response in this our fourth year of funding education reform in Vermont."

The Rowland Foundation accepts proposals from visionary educators who, in partnership with the school's principal, wish to improve their school's culture and climate. Rowland Fellows will receive 100,000 for their respective schools to cover the cost of a sabbatical for the teacher and to provide funding to implement their vision when they return to their schools. The Board voted on Feb. 4 to fund the following proposals:

â?¢ Alison Bromage, Vermont Adult Learning: establish authentic cooperative community-based learning opportunities for students challenged by the traditional high school model.

â?¢ Karen Budde, Danville School: to develop personalized learning plans for students to create their own paths and stronger community connections.

â?¢ Jennifer Kravitz, Rutland High School: to establish global studies graduation concentration.

â?¢ Laura Mina and Lauren Parren, Mt. Abraham Union High School: to develop a new system of professional development to support school-wide transformation.

â?¢ Jill Prado, Essex High School: to establish a virtual global campus and sister school(s) to enrich foreign language instruction and integrate it into the school's developing Global Arts and Humanities Academy.

The Rowland Fellows will meet directly with one another and with the Foundation's executive director between now and when their sabbatical begins in September. Upon return from sabbatical in January 2013, the Fellows will initiate their efforts to transform an aspect of their school's culture and climate. The Foundation's 2009, 2010 and 2011 Fellows will serve as mentors for this new group.

The next application period for Rowland Fellowships opens in September 2012. For more information, go to therowlandfoundation.org.

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