Featured Grantee: 21st century pen pals build language skills, make new friends


Jennifer Nelson was the first to admit that her fourth-grade Spanish curriculum at Valley View Elementary in Ashwaubenon, WI, “was kind of dull.” She knew her students needed more practice to become comfortable speaking and writing in Spanish.


That’s why she decided to set up online resources about Ecuador for her students to explore and use in their own multimedia projects and tapped a site called KidBlog to allow her students to blog back and forth with their peers at an

9 ways to modernize your lesson planning


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Need help preparing your students to thrive in an increasingly flat world? Below, the Asia Society, a leading force in forging closer ties between East and West and our partners in global learning,

How to join the crowdfunding craze and help a classroom of your choice


It may come as no surprise that crowdfunding— or the collective effort of individuals on social networking sites to support the efforts of others—exploded in popularity with organizations like Kickstarter and DonorsChoose. What may raise

Featured Grantee: Students Pick Their Own Passion Projects in Unlikely Pairing of Service Learning and Language Arts


When budget cuts moved Katrina Macht out of a role coordinating service learning and back into the classroom at Hillside Intermediate School in Bridgewater, NJ, she wanted to make sure the school’s long history of service projects didn’t

How Much Do Educators Spend Out-Of-Pocket Each Year? Hint: It’s More Than 9 Figures

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In June, the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) published their annual study about teachers’ out-of-pocket spending, and the results may shock some.


The study found that, on average,

Your Support Can Help Stop Classroom Bullying


Bullying is an issue almost all educators have to face with their students—and for many who are already strapped with other responsibilities and limited resources, it is an issue that can oftentimes be overlooked.


Last year, thanks to donors

5 Ways to Get Elementary Students Reading from DonorsChoose.org


September marks the start of the NEA Foundation’s matching funds given to NEA members’ requests for classroom materials on DonorsChoose.org.


Have you posted yours yet? Read our step-by-step instructions for posting. And meanwhile, find a

It’s Official! NEA Members Are Now Eligible for Matching Funds on DonorsChoose.org


As a NEA member, when you post your request for up to $500 for classroom materials on DonorsChoose.org, the NEA Foundation will match the donations you receive, up to $250 per request. For every dollar given, we’ll give one too!


Last year, we

Back-To-School Tips: A Funding Opportunity and 2 Special Ed Projects


Need funding for materials to transform your great ideas into classroom learning projects? Beginning Sept. 3, the NEA Foundation will match donations made to NEA members' requests for classroom materials on DonorsChoose.org. Last year, we funded

Global Curricula: How to Choose and What to Use

By Tony Jackson
Vice President for Education at Asia Society

Nelson Mandela is one of my heroes. As he lies in critical condition, one quote stands out for me above all others: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."


For a man who has changed this world, we should take

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