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UTC Sophomore Michael Barr Awarded PEF Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Yancy Freeman

“Michael Barr is an impressive, hard-working, accomplished young man,” said Dr. Dan Challener, the PEF president. “PEF is delighted to recognize him; it is especially fitting that our award for Michael also honors Yancy Freeman, who did so much for PEF, UTC and our community.”

Jan 24, 2024

Public Education Foundation Opens New and Improved Office Space Designed for Collaboration

"This space was really designed for our team and educators from across Hamilton County to have a really nice place to collaborate and work together for the strengthening and supporting public schools," Dr. Challener said.

Nov 21, 2023

Project Inspire Teacher Residency Making Strides in Teacher Diversity

Public Education Foundation and Project Inspire Teacher Residency announce that two thirds of the members of its 2023-24 cohort of future teachers are people of color. In recent years, Project Inspire Teacher Residency, which was created by Public Education Foundation, set a goal to recruit at least 50 percent teachers of color because recent compelling research has shown that a diverse teaching force benefits all students and especially students of color, said officials.

Aug 21, 2023

PEF and Hamilton County Schools VW eLabs Getting Global Attention

“Hamilton County schools, the Public Education Foundation, Volkswagen, and other partners are taking the E-labs globally. The Fab Foundation at MIT has invited two Hamilton County educators to an international summit in Bhutan in Southeast Asia. Michael Stone, Director of Innovative Learning for PEF, said, “Tony Donen and I will be co-presenting at an international conference in Bhutan with a team from Finland and share how we are working to provide the best possible experience in these labs.” Hamilton County Schools, now with 36 E-Labs, is adding more and, within three years, will have a total of 53.”

Jul 21, 2023

What's Right With Our Schools: Fund For Teachers

Through a partnership with Fund for Teachers, the Public Education Foundation is able every year to offer summer learning fellowships to Hamilton County teachers. The teachers who win the fellowships are able to study anything they teach. We’ve had teachers study atomic theory, geothermal energy, rainforests, sustainable farming. I mean, anything they teach, they can study. The fellowships provide enough support so they can go to the place where they’ll learn the most. So, the teacher who was studying geothermal energy wanted and went to Iceland, where two thirds of houses are heated by geothermal energy. The teacher who wanted to study rainforest went to Costa Rica.

Jul 17, 2023

Camp College Offers Head Start for High School Seniors

For more than 20 years, Public Education Foundation's Camp College initiative has offered guidance, support, and information for potential college students and their families. These kids, some of whom are first generation college students, aren’t totally sure what to expect, but they’re excited.

Jun 16, 2023