Purpose: The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program provides annual fellowships to outstanding public and private elementary and secondary school teachers to continue their education, develop innovative programs, consult with or assist school districts or private school systems, or engage in other educational activities that will improve their knowledge and skills and the education of their students.
Christa McAuliffe Fellows may use awards for (1) sabbaticals for study or research associated with the objectives of the program or academic improvement, (2) consultation and assistance to local school systems, private schools, or private school systems, (3) development of special innovative programs, (4) projects or partnerships between schools and the business community, (5) programs that utilize new technologies to help students learn, and (6) expanding or replicating model programs of staff development. Recipients are required to return to a teaching position in their current school system for at least 2 years following the completion of their fellowships.
Program funds were authorized on a formula, rather than discretionary, basis beginning in FY 1993 and are now State-administered. Eligible public and private school teachers, with eight or more years of teaching experience, apply to their State education agency (SEA) rather than the Department of Education (ED).
About 20 percent of the awards have been made for research sabbaticals, program development, and teacher training. The remaining fellowships focus on language arts and other educational projects. Examples of these projects, many of which have been expanded beyond the Fellows' home schools, include:
The range of awards to States, for FY 1993, is $13,477 to $123,942--with an average of $35,074. Individual fellowship awards have ranged from $13,055 to $43,808.