ACP grant lets teacher pursue professional development in Singapore over Spring Break

Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Program yet another benefit of obtaining alternative certification credentials through HISD

Shannon Kelly, a ninth-grade geography teacher at Milby High School, has big plans for her spring break.  She will be attending the fourth International Problem-Based Learning Symposium in Singapore March 18–20, thanks to HISD’s alternative certification grant program.

The Effective Teacher Fellowship (ETF), HISD’s teacher certification program, uses Transition to Teaching grants to recruit, train, and retain teachers who have proven to be effective during their first year in the classroom. More than 40 other teachers have also committed to making an impact in HISD through professional development subsidized the grant program.

Professional development and support is tailored to the specific needs of each grant recipient, through online coaching, critical friends networks, and the ability to attend professional development state-wide, nation-wide, and even internationally.

As an added incentive, participants who commit to teaching three years in HISD are also reimbursed up to $3,600 of their alternative certification program fees.

The Effective Teacher Fellowship is currently accepting applications for the 2015–2016 school year.  To learn more about ETF’s grant program and to find out more information about applying to ETF, visit