Since 2012, MEEF has sent 62 teachers to Harvard and after sending this year’s seven teachers, (a total of 69 teachers), MEEF will have invested more than $448,500 in classroom teachers through the Harvard Fellows program.
The Fellows are selected from the pool of MCSD Top Ten honorees from the last ten+ years. Each of the selected teachers will attend the Harvard Graduate program and the Project Zero Classroom where they will spend a week with preeminent scholars and innovative teachers from around the world. Harvard Fellows will enhance their knowledge and expertise to recognize and develop students’ multiple intellectual strengths; encourage students to think critically and creatively; explore instructional methods that deepen student engagement, model intellectual curiosity and rigor, and make learning more visible.
In 2020, the MEEF announced an innovative new program, the Harvard Fellows Buntin Scholars (HFBS). Six elementary teachers from the Muscogee County School District (MCSD), who currently teach in high-poverty schools, will attend the prestigious Harvard University Graduate School of Education as part of MEEF’s Harvard Fellows program. The Buntin Scholars will join the previously announced MEEF 2020 Harvard Fellows. The new program was funded with a significant monetary gift of $56,000 from a local group of community leaders. The program is named in honor of former MCSD Superintendent, and one of MEEF’s Founders, Dr. Jim Buntin; and has been created as another partnership between MEEF and MCSD.