Discovering the Next Langston Hughes: Five Secrets to Engaging African American Males in Reading

This blog is part of a series produced by 2013 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Joshua Parker, an educator at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore, MD, and the only African American male from Baltimore County Public Schools to win Maryland State Teacher of the Year. Read part one and part two of this series for more on how Parker explores the topic of male African American students thriving in reading.

Photo: Joshua Parker (center) and a group of high school students in Sao Paulo,

Lessons Learned: Global Learning Fellow brings the world to his students

This blog series features the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows, a cohort of public school educators who participated in a year-long supported learning experience to build global competency skills. The fellowship included international field

9 ways educators gained this year (and how you can too!)

Tis the season to rejoice and reflect! As 2014 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at educators who took advantage of our resources to the benefit of their students. Interested in one or more of these educational resources, grant

Lessons Learned: Gardening, Puppets, and English Language Learners


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

As part of our “Language Acquisition through the Arts, Science, and Technology” grant project, my partner, Doreen Wells, and I hosted two gardening experts, who talked with

West Springfield team sees impact of “Learning Conversations” on students

This blog series spotlights current teams of the NEA Foundation Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. The Institute supports the collaborative efforts of these teams of local unions and school district leaders by focusing on a single

It’s International Education Week!

International Education Week marks a special time during the school year, when individuals and institutions worldwide celebrate the benefits of international education— together or in their own communities— by participating in exchange

Best of the Cross-Site Convening: On poverty, race, global assessment, and student voice

How do we frame the issues of poverty, race, and inequality in public education? Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, offers her take on leaving no child behind.  

What does global student assessment data mean

Huffington Post Blog: To Help Our Most Challenged Students, Listen to Them- And Embrace Who They Are

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation



Lexi is a bright, confident young woman at one of Washington, D.C.'s best public high schools. Austin is a two-sport student-athlete in western Pennsylvania. David, in his first year of college, is a community scholar at a prestigious Washington, DC

What do Charles Blow, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Marian Wright Edelman have in common?

They're all contributing to powerful discussions at the NEA Foundation’s upcoming Cross-Site Convening.

More than 200 education thought leaders will come together in Washington, D.C. to engage in conversations around union-district

6 Tips to Improve Your Grant Proposal

By Jesse Graytock
Grants Manager
The NEA Foundation



As the October 15, 2014 deadline for applications for Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership grants approaches, we thought it would be helpful to share a few key grant writing tips that can guide you as you prepare your proposal.

  • Know why you

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