Now in its twenty-ninth year, the program will provide a hundred K-12 teachers, principals, guidance counselors, and school librarians in Indiana with $12,000 each — $2,000 more than fellows received last year — to pursue an imaginative project designed to infuse their busy lives with personal renewal and intellectual revitalization. Since 1987, more than twenty-eight hundred Indiana educators have received awards through the program.
Many of the educators will travel internationally to explore art, music, and history, enabling them to bring greater global awareness to their teaching. Others will nurture their creative lives, including one who plans to learn the Japanese art of papermaking and another who hopes to build a home art studio. In addition, several fellows will use their awards to explore the natural world, including the ecology and animal habitats of Australia, the Galapagos Islands, and the national parks of the American West.
"These extraordinary educators have outlined inspiring and creative projects that promise to help them integrate personal renewal and professional development," said Sara B. Cobb, the endowment's vice president for education. "During nearly three decades of work with the Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program, we at the endowment have learned how important it is for educators to have the time and space to explore, travel, and create. We regularly hear that these experiences help Indiana’s teachers, principals, school counselors and media specialists renew their commitment to their profession. As a result, their students benefit."
For a complete list of this year's fellowship recipients, see the Lilly Endowment website.