Educational Institutions

Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers

  • Providence, RI
  • www.murdockthompson.com

Mission Statement

The Murdock-Thompson center typically distributes two fellowship awards a year to innovative teachers. Through a defense fund, it supports teachers who have been wrongly dismissed.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer

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Dr. Peter Thompson

Keywords

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Innovative Teacher Fellowships, Teachers' Defense

Also Known As

Murdock-Thompson Center

EIN

05-0484805

 Number

3713757343

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION--The guiding philosophy of the Murdock-Thompson Center is this: schools are in need of reform, and systematic reform is not working; positive innovation and reform can be initiated by the individual teacher. While system-wide reforms have had rare and limited success, from the ground up changes can work in any school, and can affect many children in the classroom of the innovative teacher. In any case, the motivation of students and teachers is the key. We believe our Center can help in this area. Teachers should be free to motivate students in new ways and to change the way they learn. Good teachers should be honored for their initiative, and should be given the means to replicate innovations and share them with colleagues. The executive staff and the Board of Directors of the Center focus currently on the specifics of classroom change: we are most interested in pedagogical innovations as well as in specific motivational strategies. Often the two aims are combined in one classroom innovation. Two $2,500 stipends a year are intended to liberate the teacher from other pursuits during the summer, and to facilitate the work of either researching and preparing materials for pedagogical or curricular change or replicating successful programs and writing about them for the benefit of colleagues. The TEACHERS' DEFENSE FUND has also been instituted for the benefit of pre-university teachers. We can provide some assistance for teachers--primarily those without unions--who are dismissed unfairly and without due consideration of their rights. We put teachers in touch with organizations which help with these cases. In some instances we can offer financial help with a legal case. This is most likely to take the form of filing fees and deposition costs, in order to remove these obstacles to finding a lawyer who will take the case pro bono. Teachers who contact the Fund will be given advice in obtaining a lawyer, and will be asked to follow a series of steps, in order to 1) outline the case of dismissal 2) begin negotiations with an attorney and 3) put that attorney in touch with us. The Fund offers an annual award for pro bono legal work that supports a teacher.

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Principal Officer

Dr. Peter Thompson

BIO

Dr. Peter Thompson is an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. He received an AB at Princeton University and a Ph.D and MA at Brown University. As an educator and advocate for school reform from the ground up, he founded the Murdock-Thompson Center in 1995.

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