Teaching the Teachers Overview
Our Teaching the Teachers program awards scholarships directly to educational and service organizations that teach woodworking to economically disadvantaged communities in the U.S. and abroad. We hope to further the work of these organizations by giving their instructors new woodworking skills and a vision of the educational woodshop that they can share with their own communities throughout a lifetime of teaching. For 2020, Teaching the Teachers is supported by the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, the Horowitz Family Scholarship Fund, and the Betterment Fund.
Institutional partners in Teaching the Teachers nominate their own instructors for participation in our Workshops and Community Classes, as best meets the needs of the organization. Scholarships pay all necessary expenses, above and beyond any that are provided for under a partner institution’s professional development policies (with the sole exception that partner institutions pay a nonrefundable registration fee of $80 for each awarded course). Covered expenses may include tuition, materials, transportation, and room and board.
We welcome inquiries from potential institutional partners with demonstrated outreach to economically disadvantaged communities, such as community colleges, trade schools, Title I secondary schools with Career and Technical Education programs, and nonprofit and governmental social-service organizations. Current institutional partners for Teaching the Teachers are
- Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, VA,
- Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, ME,
- Greater West Town Community Development Project in Chicago, IL,
- Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, NY,
- Kids Making It in Wilmington, NC,
- Machias Memorial High School in Machias, ME,
- Messalonskee High School in Oakland, ME,
- MiLL National Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
- Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School in Harrington, ME,
- Eldon High School in Eldon, MO, and
- Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, OR.
Through Teaching the Teachers, we are also teaming up with advocacy organizations that promote woodworking education for vocational training and economic development. Current affiliates are
We welcome affiliation inquiries from organizations that are aligned with the mission of Teaching the Teachers and can help us connect with new institutional partners.
Organizations interested in nominating instructors for Teaching the Teachers scholarships or becoming affiliates should contact Ellen Dyer, the Center’s Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. See our Nomination Guidelines.
For priority consideration for 2020 scholarships, institutional partners should email their nominations by December 31, 2019 to email@example.com. Notification will be sent by January 15, 2020. After December 31, nominations will be reviewed for acceptance as they arrive, if funds are still available.
Financial Aid Philosophy
Teaching the Teachers is designed to benefit educational and service organizations that teach woodworking to economically disadvantaged communities. In order to assist as many organizations as possible, we ask partner institutions to shoulder as much of their instructors’ expenses as their own policies provide for.