Designed to inspire, inform and renew teachers so that their students flourish
Designed by Teachers for Teachers

Teachers choose their career because they love students and learning. However, when facing the great challenges of the profession, daily stresses can outweigh the joy of teaching and leave one depleted. The Teacher Renewal Fellowship (TRF) is offered as a means of refreshment and vision, reigniting a teacher’s passion for learning.

This collaborative journey centers around a hybrid approach to learning. Two all day experiences at one of The Oaks Academy’s campuses in Indianapolis, IN will serve as the program’s bookends, while virtual follow-ups and online curriculum will give way for supportive learning and consistent connection. Inspiring presentations based on a strategic educational philosophy intermixed with robust conversations and classroom observations will energize one’s perspective and provide practical tools for effectively supporting students.

Philosophy Informing Pedagogy​

Explore a Proven Education Ideology

Observe Teaching Tools In Action

Gain Practical Tools and Resources

Learn to Create a Joy-Filled Classroom

Engage in Meaningful Dialogue with Peers

Time to Reflect on Best Practices

Program Leadership

Laura Grammer serves as the Head of School of The Oaks Academy Middle School, a highly successful independent school serving a diverse student body in the urban core of Indianapolis. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership and spent many years teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. 

After moving back to Indianapolis with her family, Laura was selected as Indianapolis Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2000. Through her 29 year career in education, she has enjoyed leading the hiring and professional development of faculty and inspiring others to think deeply about how students are motivated to lead mature and virtuous lives. Laura has also served as a board member and chair of the education committee for the Indianapolis Classical Schools, a nationally recognized charter school network in Indianapolis.

Margee Boswell currently serves as the Director of Early Childhood Education at The Oaks Academy. Margee was a founding teacher in 1998, serving as a kindergarten teacher for twelve years and opening The Oaks Academy’s first expansion of the pre-kindergarten program. 

She has a degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University and a Masters in Remedial Reading from Butler University. Margee served as a remedial reading instructor in a consolidated high school prior to raising a family and returning to work at The Oaks. Margee enjoys working with parents and faculty to inform and inspire them through understanding the philosophy and practices that lead to healthy relationships with God, others, and rich ideas formed in the world around them.

Laura Grammer serves as the Head of School of The Oaks Academy Middle School, a highly successful independent school serving a diverse student body in the urban core of Indianapolis. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership and spent many years teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. 

After moving back to Indianapolis with her family, Laura was selected as Indianapolis Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2000. Through her 29 year career in education, she has enjoyed leading the hiring and professional development of faculty and inspiring others to think deeply about how students are motivated to lead mature and virtuous lives. Laura has also served as a board member and chair of the education committee for the Indianapolis Classical Schools, a nationally recognized charter school network in Indianapolis.

2022 - 2023 Schedule

Orientation
Thursday, Sept 8, 2022 | 9:00 – 10:30 am

In-person Residency Day
Thursday, Sept 15, 2022 | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Virtual Cohort Session
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Self-paced Review of Online Curriculum
November & December

Virtual Cohort Session
Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

In-person Residency Day
Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Virtual Cohort Session
Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Residency Days are extended learning experiences with a blend of reflection through moderated exercises and readings, as well as classroom observations with detailed debriefs.

Virtual Cohort Sessions will consist of reviewing residency lessons and group issue processing opportunities from 9:00 to 10:30. Guiding questions will be provided to support campus specific group discussion and reflection between 10:30 and noon.

Applications for the 2022-2023 Teacher Renewal Fellowship will be opening soon.
Apply Today!
The application deadline has been extended until August 15, 2022.

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