Teaching with Heart

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO

There is one common trait that is in the DNA of teachers—a stubborn and intense desire to do everything possible to help their students flourish and succeed.

I was honored to be included in Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach, a book that includes selections of favorite poems, contributed with commentary by educators and educator leaders about the teaching experience.

I selected the poem, “A Teacher’s Contract” by Mel Glenn, because it speaks

Lessons Learned: Grantee Mary Ann Giasson hooks students with SciFi



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

The NEA Foundation grant has been used to fund our “March Community Read.” This event allowed us to put Rick Yancey’s novel, “The 5th Wave” into the hands

How I reached new heights as a global educator

In June 2013, 36 educators completed international field study in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the 2013 NEA Foundation-Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellows. Upon return, they created lesson plans, unit plans, and full

Four places for ESPs to find funding

By Jesse Graytock
Grants Manager

Education support professionals (ESPs) play a vital role in America’s public schools, and like their colleagues in the classroom, they often find themselves without the funds necessary to implement great ideas. School nurses, para-educators,

ESPs find funding for seminars, yoga training, book clubs, and more

Did you know that education support professionals, or ESPs, make up 40% of all public school employees? In other words, they play a key role in students’ success. That’s why, in the coming days, we’ll be featuring blogs related to

ESPs learn tricks of the trade in grant-writing workshop

By Jesse Graytock, Grants Manager

Did you know that education support professionals, or ESPs, make up 40% of all public school employees? In other words, they play a key role in students’ success. That’s why, in the coming days,

Empowering young students to act globally


How did being a NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow change your students’ world?


As I traveled through Brazil, visiting schools during the Fellowship’s field study, a powerful message was being delivered. Even though I was so far from

Going to school in China

 

In June, 31 award-winning public school educators will visit schools in Beijing and Xi’an, China to observe high-quality teaching instruction and interact with Chinese teachers and administrators as our latest cohort of Global Learning

Huffington Post Blog: It's About Time: Promising Efforts to Improve Our Schools With Right Amount of Time

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation



"We all know that the time educators spend in the classroom is just the tip of the iceberg. Grading papers, working with students before and after the bell rings, staff meetings and parent conferences -- these all add to the school day in ways that

NEA Foundation Report: One step toward blowing up back-end accountability

By Michael Fullan
Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto; Member, The NEA Foundation Senior Fellows Advisory Group

Jal Mehta drew a deeply insightful conclusion about the teaching profession in his book, "The Allure of Order," when he observed that policy makers are doing with accountability at the back end what they should have done with capacity building at

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