Fox Chapel Area School District
611 Field Club Road / Pittsburgh, PA 15238 / 412.963.9600

Teacher Named National Winner in The Henry Ford Awards

Fox Chapel Area School District teacher Alison Francis has been named a first place winner in The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards. Francis, who is the facilitator of the district’s Creativity and Literacy Program, was one of 10 first place winners from across the nation in this contest that recognizes America’s most innovative teachers. There were a total of 10 grand prize winners and 10 first place winners in the contest which is open to pre-K-12th grade educators from across the nation.

The Henry Ford Awards recognize teachers who are using the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking among students. Francis was the only teacher from Pennsylvania to be recognized as part of The Henry Ford Awards this year. Earlier in 2017, Francis was named the winner of the Carnegie Science Center’s Elementary Educator Award for her innovative teaching in STEM and maker education.

The Henry Ford Award winners were selected by a team of judges that included a past Teacher Innovator Award winner, as well as industry experts. Judges selected the winners based on their original and creative approach to teaching, their demonstrated resourcefulness, and the positive impact they made. Student engagement, learning goals, and evidence of achieving those goals were also taken into consideration.

As a first place winner, Francis will receive an innovation teaching kit that includes “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation” Season Two DVD set, merchandise from The Henry Ford, and more. The awards are sponsored by The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment, in conjunction with the Emmy-winning television show “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation” on CBS as part of the “CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!” Saturday morning block.

About Fox Chapel Area School District’s Creativity and Literacy Program
The Creativity and Literacy Program was developed in 2013. This STEM-based program enables preschool-age children and their caregivers to experiment with technology tools and project-based learning. As a maker site, the Creativity and Literacy Program provides a unique way of combining literacy skills with the “making” strand of learning. Under the direction of Francis, children and their caregivers are empowered to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a concept through making or creating, using a project-based approach.

About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, is an internationally-recognized history destination that explores the American experience of innovation, resourcefulness, and ingenuity that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. Nearly 1.8 million visitors annually experience its five attractions.

About Litton Entertainment
Litton Entertainment is the pre-eminent independent producer and distributor in the U.S. television industry, creating and distributing quality programming for more than 20 years with a specialty in educational and informational (“E/I”) programming. Litton Entertainment provides CBS Network with six original programs for Saturday mornings called “CBS Dream Team: It’s Epic!”