Funding Your Trip
Participating in a field experience is a fantastic way to deepen your understanding of the geosciences; however, field experiences can be expensive. GSA works really hard to keep the cost as inexpensive as possible because we know that teachers have limited funds. At this point we are not able to offer financial assistance for these trips. There are however, many options to secure funding.
- Fund For Teachers- Each year, we havenumerous teachers who attend our GeoVentures and Field Camps thanks to grants provided by Fund For Teachers. Teachers who receive a grant through Fund For Teachers have all of their expense paid for. Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities. To help teachers with the application process, Fund For Teachers offers many information sessions and webinars. Check out their calendars for events near you.
- Your school or school district. Often funding is available - but not widely advertised. Ask, ask and ask again. Even a small amount can make a different. Make sure you go prepared i.e. know how you will be able to share your experience to enhance the teaching in your school and/or district and how you will be able to disseminate materials to other teachers. Be able to show how your attendance will greatly enhance the teaching of Earth science for all. This year we have ~25% of our Field Camp teachers who have their Field Camp experiences paid for by their school districts. Remember, it doesn't hurt to ask!
- Local chapters of service clubs (Lyons, Rotary etc). Again, be ready to offer them back a talk at a meeting with slides of what you did and saw and how it will enhance your students experience in the classroom.
- Rural teachers - Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship website at www.globalteacherfellowship.ruraledu.org. Up to 25 fellowships will be awarded in 2015 to support the professional and personal development of rural teachers. The awards (up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers) support teachers' participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall. Teachers are encouraged to center their learning in an international travel and study experience , out of which they develop interdisciplinary, place-based learning curricula aligned with their specific state and local content standards. Eligibility: Any K–12 teacher working full-time and teaching at least 60% time in a rural community can apply for the fellowship.
- Become a GSA Member!! Teachers who are GSA members save $100 off of their field camp registration. It's a small reduction in price, but every bit counts.
Membership is only $30!