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 the front end. Because policy makers have boxed themselves into a back-end accountability corner they choose counterproductive solutions such as complex, time-consuming performance rubrics. Andy Hargreaves and I identified these problems and the

Our top five reasons to nominate an NEA member for Awards for Teaching Excellence


Watch last year’s awardees discuss what it means to receive an Award for Teaching Excellence and how it will impact their students.


For every NEA member honored at the 2014 Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 7,

California educator wins top award at gala


Congratulations to Kimberley Gilles, an English teacher at Monte Vista School in Danville, CA, and a member of the California Teachers Association, who won the evening's top honor at the gala: The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence

Beyond Sochi: Special Olympics transforms lives


The magic of Special Olympics lies in the power and joy of sport to shift focus to what these athletes can do, not what they can't. Attention to disabilities fades away as the athletes succeed.


On Friday, Feb. 7, the NEA Foundation and Security

A big night for public education: Watch LIVE WEBCAST on Feb. 7


Join us LIVE Friday night for the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, and find out who will receive some of public education’s most prestigious awards. With 36 fabulous nominees, you’re bound to see someone you

This is what STEM education in public schools can look like

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO

What is aquaponics? Watch Milwaukee students explore the fields of aquaculture and hydroponics, as they discover real-life STEM solutions to food production in the videos below. 


 


They. Love. Science.


Students involved in the

"Keep Austin Wired" with the NEA Foundation’s online courses

By Jesse Graytock
Grants Manager

The motto of Austin, Texas, home of the 2013 National Council of Urban Education Associations’ fall conference, is “Keep Austin Weird.” On a recent (and unusually frigid) December morning, a group of educators representing

What makes students globally competent? Global awareness to start

How a social studies teacher connected Brazil’s political unrest with history’s past struggles to help students learn.

 

 

By Josh Stumpenhorst, (pictured, above, third from the right) a 2013 NEA

Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashād to emcee NEA Foundation Gala

Catch the live stream of the event on Feb. 7 on neafoundation.org.


“A good teacher watches and learns how you learn, and is really interested in seeing that light go on. … That’s how Mrs. Wheadon was as an instructor.” -

46 places to find funds for school projects

By Jesse Graytock
The NEA Foundation Grants Manager

Finding funding to develop top-notch instruction can be challenging. School resources are stretched thin, money is scarce, and often educators simply don’t have the time necessary to scour the internet for grants to help bring their great

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