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

Graduation Season in Swing. How Will You Prepare Students For the Road Ahead?

From flowers and new growth to long sunny days and no winter coats, spring is all about closing one chapter and starting another. At schools everywhere, it means graduation and commencement speeches.


How are you preparing to say goodbye to your

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


As a first generation college student from Albany, New York, I had a limited concept of what to expect from college beyond my visits. I had no idea of how my world was about to open up in unexpected ways. During my freshman year, I met Dr.

Simpler is Better

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the updated NEA Foundation Web site. By organizing the site by our core programs – Unions & Districts, Grants to Educators, Innovation, and Awards – and incorporating more videos, images, and

Meet our Senior Fellows Advisory Group

We are delighted to introduce to you the seven globally-recognized scholars, thought leaders, and practitioners, who will serve as the inaugural cohort of our newly formed Senior Fellows Advisory Group.


For many years, the NEA Foundation has

Congratulations to 2012 Bill Miles Young Scholars Memorial Scholarship recipients

Today, we recognize four young scholars— Bianca Couture, Ashdon Reynolds, Alton Skinner, and Brianna Smith. These students have not only demonstrated a commitment to learning, but also lead by example in their communities, whether through

Why The NEA Foundation is Diving into Social Media

By Harriet Sanford, President & CEO


Do you hear that? It's the sound of thousands of educators discussing their problems, sharing ideas, and offering their opinions about what's working (and what isn't) in our public schools. These conversations are

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