The world is the best classroom: Culture through students’ eyes

Crystal Thiele is a 5th grade educator in Brooklyn, N.Y. She recently received an NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership grant to learn techniques for gathering oral histories. She brought her knowledge back to help her students learn more about their own histories. Here’s what she had to say about her project and its impact.

Tell us a little about your project.

I took part in an oral history gathering expedition in Russia’s Far East, Kamchatka. I trained in collecting culture with Dr.

A Winning Streak!

We are delighted to share that The NEA Foundation has earned our 8th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator! Each year, Charity Navigator rates thousands of charities on financial health, as well as accountability and transparency. 4-stars

The Traveling Teacher Visits Wenhui Middle School

Today, we are featuring insights from Mandy Manning, a 2017 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, who just completed her international field study, which included visiting a Beijing middle school. Mandy is an English language development

Announcing the 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows!

Congratulations to the 48 educators who have been selected as 2018 Global Learning Fellows!

The newest members of the NEA Foundation family hail from schools in 47 states, plus one Department of Defense school abroad, and in rural, suburban, and

Partnering with the NEA Foundation to bring diverse books to students: Q&A with First Book founder Kyle Zimmer, Part 2: Working Together

Earlier this month, we brought you stories of the NEA Foundation Special Edition collection, diverse books and authors our two organizations are bringing to public school educators in Title 1 schools. This week, First Book President and CEO Kyle

Partnering with the NEA Foundation to bring diverse books to students: Q&A with First Book founder Kyle Zimmer, Part 1: Stories for All Project™

The NEA Foundation has partnered with First Book to bring books with diverse authors and characters to students. The Foundation and First Book share a vision of a great education for every student, no matter their background or ZIP code, and

Hands-On Experiential Learning: Growing Job and Life Skills Through Gardens

Sabrina Conner is an intervention specialist at Strongsville Middle School in Strongsville, Ohio. Sabrina is passionate about her role in building happy lives for individuals with autism. Away from school, you will find her enjoying the outdoors,

The NEA Foundation Has a Grant Application for You!

Photo: Educator Katrina Macht video chats with her students while in Panama

Educators are full of innovative ideas to improve their own teaching and their students’ learning. But in many cases, their schools and districts simply

These 4 Ideas Will Bring Global Competency to Your Classroom

By Barb Whitman
2017 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow and Executive Director
Ogden Weber UniServ Education Association

In February, Barb Whitman, a UniServ Executive Director from Utah, and 38 other educators from across the country, who make up the NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellows for 2017, met face-to-face for the first time during a two-day workshop

Professional Development and Educational Grant Opportunities From The NEA Foundation

The applications for the NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship have closed, and we have been overwhelmed by the response! It blew us away that our first ever open application resulted in more than 450 applications! Many thanks to all who

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Watch the Event!

Educators from across the country traded in their classrooms for a night on stage, where they were honored by more than 900 national education leaders and supporters in Washington, D.C.

 

Did you miss the live stream of the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on February 10, 2017? Now, you can watch the entire event above!

 

View and purchase your favorite photos from the evening. Did you step in to one of our photo booths? View and purchase your best shots here and here

 

Celebrating 43 Educators From Across the Country

It is our pleasure to distinguish these extraordinary educators with the 2017 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence.

 

These prestigious awards recognize, reward, and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession. All deserve our recognition and sincere thanks, but we had to choose one for our highest honor. 

 

And the Award Goes to...

Photo (left to right):  Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of NEA; Gary Phoebus, President and CEO of NEA Member Benefits; Sonia Galaviz; Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation; Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, Chair of the NEA Foundation Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the evening’s finale, Sonia Galaviz, a fifth grade educator at Garfield Elementary School in Boise, Idaho, took home the top honor: the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000! 

 

Five Educators Receive Top Awards

Photo (left to right): Melissa Ladd, of Poplar Road Elementary School in Sharpsburg, Georgia; Stephanie Johnson, of HB Rhame Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina; Kelly Stacy, Senior Vice President for Field Operations and Distribution of the Horace Mann Educator Corporation; Al Rabanera, of La Vista High School in Fullerton, California; Sonia Galaviz, of Garfield Elementary School in Boise, Idaho; Carol Bauer, of Grafton Bethel Elementary School in Yorktown, Virginia;

 

 

 

 

Of the 43 educators honored that night, five also accepted the 2017 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence and $10,000, as finalists for the evening’s top honor. 

 

Their students could not be more proud of them! During the gala, videos starring each of these five educators premiered. Watch the videos to get a glimpse into the magic these educators share among their students.

 

Global Kids Honored

Photo (left to right): Host Victoria Rowell; Special Guest Maya Faison of Global Kids; Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, Chair of the NEA Foundation Board of Directors; Evie Hantzopoulos, Executive Director of Global Kids; Jerry O’Flanagan, Executive Vice President, Consumer Banking, First National Bank of Omaha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NEA Foundation also presented the First National Bank of Omaha Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education to Global Kids for its efforts to engage students from Washington, D.C., and New York City by exposing them to global cultures and encouraging them to become active citizens in their own communities and in the world.  

 

 

This award recognizes individuals and organizations for their lifelong commitment to advancing public education and is typically presented to those who work outside the field. Awardees have included former President Bill Clinton, Title IX advocate Billie Jean King, and Sesame Workshop.

 

With Host, Actress and Advocate Victoria Rowell

Photo (left to right): Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation; Host Victoria Rowell; Beau Brown, President and CEO of California Casualty, Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, Chair of the NEA Foundation Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year, Victoria Rowell, an actress, director, producer, advocate, and New York Times bestselling author of “The Women Who Raised Me,” served as charismatic emcee and host.

 

A former foster child herself, in 1990, she founded the Rowell Foster Care Children’s Positive Plan, providing services to students in: fine arts, higher education, healthcare, financial literacy, reunification programs, cultural enrichment, and family supports. She has received 12 NAACP Image Awards and been honored with the United Nations Association Award for her commitment to education, human rights, world peace, and her support of foster children.

 

That night, she led guests and those watching the live stream from home or at viewing parties in cheering on the night’s biggest stars.

 

Special Guests Take the Stage

 

Educator Craig Beals, of BealsScience, made it snow onstage! Beals, a former NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow and 2015 Montana Teacher of the Year, wants us all to stay curious.

 

 

Performances by Washington, D.C.’s All Souls Church Choir and Christopher Rice, a cast member in the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, “The Book of Mormon,” wowed audiences.   

 

A special thank you to all who helped us celebrate the best in public education! Save the date for next year’s gala on February 9, 2018

 

Save the date! We hope you will join us for next year's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on February 9, 2018.

 

NEA Foundation Gala Save the Date