Beginning with the Spring 2020 NABC in Columbus, the ACBL Educational Foundation will fund a complimentary teacher breakfast at each Spring and Fall NABC on the Monday morning of each tournament. The purpose of these breakfasts is to offer a networking opportunity for teachers, while offering a sample of award-winning teaching materials facilitated by American Bridge Teachers’ Association Master Teachers. Pre-registration on the ACBL site is required, and the first 20 teachers who register will receive a sample of the teaching materials used. Teachers can register online for the Columbus Teacher Breakfast to be held Monday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m.
The Ed Foundation has been supporting bridge activities for decades. Its mission is to get more and more people playing bridge, not only by growing the number of competitive bridge players, but by introducing the game and enriching the lives of people of all ages and from all walks of life.
The Ed Foundation believes in supporting teaching activities at all levels to promote the game we love so much. Recently, the Foundation has continued its commitment to teachers with numerous other grants. Participants in Best Practices Teacher Workshops and Learn Bridge in a Day Teacher Accreditation Programs receive a free one-year membership in the ABTA. In fact, all ACBL-recognized teacher accreditation programs are eligible for this membership.
In addition to the above programs the Ed Foundation has following programs in place:
- New teacher startup kits. Participants in ACBL-recognized accreditation programs can request a free startup kit. The Foundation partnered with Baron Barclay to provide 12 bidding boxes, sets of boards, 12 decks of cards, and a bag to carry these items.
- The Foundation will also assist in supplementing the ACBL Cooperative Program for teachers. This supplemental support will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- The Foundation will also assist units and/or districts in hosting a Best Practices Teacher Workshop. If requested, we will partner in funding the program to those who apply to hold the workshop. This is similar to the funding the Foundation used for the Learn Bridge in a Day program.
- The Foundation will assist accredited TAP teachers attend the new Best Practices Teacher Workshop. When participants attended the original TAP, they were told that taking the TAP again would always be free to them. With the total revamp of the teaching program by the ACBL, this benefit is no longer in place. The Foundation would like enable TAP teachers to take the new program without paying the entire cost of $125. Therefore, the Foundation will reimburse TAP-accredited teachers in an amount up to $75. Remember, recipients must already be TAP-accredited and must have attended a Best Practices Teacher Workshop and paid more than $50 for the class.
If you have any questions or would like to apply for funds under any of these programs, please contact Betty Starzec at firstname.lastname@example.org.