A Student’s Perspective: Leaving the Nest for the “Real World”

By Blessed Sheriff
Intern, The NEA Foundation



Photo by Flickr user basheertome

Our summer blog series, A Student’s Perspective, explores the experience of public education through the lens of a student, poet Blessed Sheriff, a rising high school senior enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County, MD. She is interning at the NEA Foundation this summer.

When I look back on the last three years of my life I am almost ashamed that I didn’t believe whoever told me that

Lessons Learned: Grantee Jenna Hixson says her students can’t just watch a movie anymore


 
Tell us about your plans for your NEA Foundation grant project.

Half of my students are economically disadvantaged and have no access at home to literature. So I decided to use my NEA Foundation grant to combine the higher-level thinking skill

New Summer Blog Series: “A Student’s Perspective”



By Blessed Sheriff
Intern, The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation’s summer blog series, “A Student’s Perspective,” explores the experience of public education through the lens of a student, poet Blessed

Grantee wins Kindle Fire for “flipping” students’ world

What does it mean to flip a classroom? Emily Brill, of Keystone Oaks School District in Pittsburgh, PA, found out after attending workshops hosted by the Flipped Learning Network and funded by a $2,000 NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grant.

The

Grantee wins Kindle Fire for anti-bullying video

Nate Edwards, a mathematics teacher at Poplar Bridge Elementary School in Bloomington, MN, realized while traveling the world that he could use puppets to connect with people across language and cultural barriers.

Why not use puppets to help his

A former Global Learning Fellows advice to educators traveling to China

By Loryn Windwehen
2013 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow and educator at Harris Middle School in San Antonio, TX




In 2013, Loryn Windwehen and a cohort of 35 other educators travelled to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to visit classrooms and cultural sites as NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows. Below, Windwehen offers her advice to this

Union effectiveness: Listen and lead, says Rhonda Johnson

By Rhonda Johnson
President, Columbus (Ohio) Education Association

I entered teaching in 1978 at the culmination of one of the stormiest periods in Ohio labor history. I’ve seen the struggle up close. I also have seen progress born from a willingness to sit down and talk, to reframe questions, to listen to

Education unions should tackle what we care about: working (and learning) conditions, says Kevin Welner

At a time when the nation’s policy makers have been counter-productively attempting to manipulate educators with enticements and threats, it’s important to remember the research that shows educators to be most responsive to working

Union capacity building will move vision forward, says Dennis Van Roekel

By Dennis Van Roekel
President, NEA


At the heart of education reform is the teachers union's relationship to students, parents, and community. We strive to lead our professions because it is a path to improve public schools – for our children and our communities. Regardless

Lessons Learned: Grantee Leslie Chekin shakes up Shakespeare for English Language Learners





Tell us about your plans for your NEA Foundation grant project.

Our NEA Foundation grant project is “Using Shakespeare to Teach Vocal Technique to English Language Learners.”  While producing an adapted version of Shakespeare's

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