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The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. The program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor (pronounced GROHV-nur), Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society and Education Foundation Board. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.
How did the program get its name?
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor (pronounced GROHV-nur), Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society and Education Foundation Board. As a gift to Gil Grosvenor for his lifetime commitment to geography education, Sven Lindblad, Founder and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, donated space for teachers aboard his fleet in perpetuity.
What are the program goals?
The primary goal of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is to advance geographic literacy by engaging K-12 educators in field-based experiences that will be reflected in their teaching practice and shared with their professional and community networks. The goals of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program are for teachers to:
Who is eligible to apply?
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is a professional development opportunity for current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. States, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Applicants must currently be teaching in the 50 U.S. States, Canada, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico. Applicants must have a proven dedication to geographic education in their teaching field and show promise of continued active engagement in the future. They must have plans to return to a classroom or teaching environment following their assigned expedition and demonstrate the ability to incorporate what they learn into their teaching. Past Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are ineligible to apply again.
For the 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program application, all applicants will be required to be a National Geographic Certified Educator.
What are the program requirements?
Fellows are expected to be active and engaged members of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program over the course of the expedition year and the year following. This includes participating in a required in-person (all travel expenses paid) workshop (March 23-26, 2017) in Washington, D.C. before the expedition, as well as periodic virtual meetups and participating as an active member of our Google+ GTF community. Fellows are also expected to serve as ambassadors of the GTF program in all professional encounters with others.
In addition, throughout the course of the program year, Fellows are required to submit a number of professional development deliverables to NG Education. Fellows will receive detailed information about all required deliverables after their selection is confirmed, but they include goal setting, outreach and classroom action plans, media and data collection, a digital log, reflection, blog post, activity outline, outreach presentation(s), and outreach documentation. All required deliverables are intended to help educators reflect their field-based experience in their teaching practice and share it with their professional and community networks.
Where does the program go?
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program takes educators, in small groups of two or three, aboard the Lindblad Expeditions ships National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour II, and National Geographic Sea Lion. Expeditions range from 10 days/8 nights to 17 days/15 nights, including travel time to and from the ships.
In 2017, expeditions go to:
April 29-May 17, 2017: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
May 14-21, 2017: Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness
May 16-June 1, 2017: Norway’s Fjords & Arctic Svalbard
May 29-June 8, 2017: Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard
June 2-11, 2017: Galápagos
June 5-15, 2017: Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard
June 9-18, 2017: Galápagos
June 12-22, 2017: Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard
June 19-29, 2017: Land of the Ice Bears: Arctic Svalbard
June 26-July 12, 2017: Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland’s East Coast
July 11-26, 2017: Iceland and Greenland
July 23-August 6, 2017: Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic
August 13-20, 2017: Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness
August 25-September 3, 2017: Galápagos
September 7-14, 2017: The Canadian Maritimes
September 14-21, 2017: The Canadian Maritimes
September 15-24, 2017: Galápagos
What costs are associated with the program?
The following costs are included in the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program:
The following costs are excluded from the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program, and are the Fellow's responsibility:
What is life on board like?
Each expedition is a unique adventure that allows Fellows, along with Lindblad-National Geographic guests, to explore the land, ocean, and culture of the region of expedition travel; however, on each expedition Fellows should expect the following:
How does the application process work?
The call for applications goes out annually in November. Educators have approximately 6 weeks to complete a written application and submit it online. See the sample application for detailed information about the 2017 application. A panel reviews all applications in January, and decisions are made in February. Expedition departures are scheduled from April through December.
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a collaboration between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions.
About National Geographic Education
Since its founding in 1888 "for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge," the National Geographic Society has worked to educate audiences about our planet. National Geographic Education creates educational programs and resources for schools, out-of-school settings, and the home. National Geographic Education’s work focuses on geo-literacy—an essential skill for decision-making in 21st century personal, professional, and civic life. It is the ability to make decisions based on an understanding of how the world works and how people and places are connected. It requires an understanding of how Earth’s interconnected human and environmental systems function, how to reason geographically, and how to make systematic decisions. For more information, visit natgeoed.org/about.
About Lindblad Expeditions
Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined in a mission-driven alliance to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, the organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally-oriented voyages allow guests to interact with leading scientists, naturalists, and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. A joint philanthropic fund that supports science, conservation, education, and community development enables better understanding of the world’s remaining special places and fosters the dissemination of geographic knowledge around the globe. For more information visit expeditions.com.