McAuliffe fellowship open to SD teachers

McAuliffe fellowship open to SD teachers A fellowship named for the first teacher in space is open to South Dakota teachers to help the state improve education.

The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship award, worth about $23,800, will support one teacher's efforts to develop and implement standards-based activities and projects which can be used by other educators in South Dakota, said Ray Christensen, secretary of the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Fellowship applications have been mailed to all schools. Applications are due to the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs in Pierre April 1.

"The teacher who receives this fellowship will help develop quality teaching tools for others," Christensen said. "We are interested in projects to implement academic content standards, integrate technology into teaching and learning or develop classroom assessments linked to standards, all in a specific curriculum area."

The award was created by the U.S. Department of Education in memory of Christa McAuliffe, who lost her life in the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.

Full-time public and non-public K-12 teachers who have been employed as teachers for at least eight years are eligible to apply. The fellowship award period is for 12 months or less, to be used in the 1999-2000 school year.

Applications are also available from the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, Office of the Secretary, 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2291 or call (605) 773-5669.

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