This guest blog post comes from Dina Portnoy.
Marci Resnick was an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia public schools for more than 20 years before becoming the second director of the Philadelphia Writing Project and later an associate director of the National Writing Project. In 2007, Marci died, much too young, and the Marci Resnick Teacher Fund was established in her memory to honor and support the work of elementary school teachers. The fund awards $500 grants for classroom or school projects that reflect her interest in and devotion to improving learning for young people in elementary school.
Marci, a champion of teachers and the wonderful work that they do, believed deeply in the many ways that teachers can inspire a love of learning, literacy, and the arts in their classrooms.
Awards are intended to give classroom teachers access to resources for professional development or classroom projects. These funds might be used for service learning, development of cross-age tutoring or family literacy programs, science projects that promote science learning and literacy, classroom libraries, art or photography equipment for classroom projects, or other special materials and resources for the classroom. Over the last four years, more than 20 teachers in the Philadelphia district and charter schools have received grants from this fund.
You will find information and an application at the Philadelphia Writing Project. You can get further information by calling 215-898-1919. Deadline for the grant application is April 16.