5 Things Great Educators Do Every Day

Recently, the NEA Foundation announced the five winners of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, who were nominated by their NEA state affiliates from among public educators around the country. These educators are amazing. Here’s just a snapshot of what they do:

Like many educators, Sonia Galaviz begins her school year well before her students arrive for class.  But for Sonia, the school year doesn’t start at school.

Each year, Sonia visits the families of every

A Library for Every Learner: Meet Excellence in Education Award Winner Heather LaBarbara

This blog series features five educators who will be honored by The NEA Foundation with the prestigious 2016 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence, $10,000 and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators. They will be celebrated at

No Right or Wrong Answers: Meet Excellence in Education Award Winner Pam Wells

This blog series features five educators who will be honored by The NEA Foundation with the prestigious 2016 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence, $10,000 and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators. They will be celebrated at

An Education for All: Meet Excellence in Education Award Winner Mohsen Ghaffari

This blog series features five educators who will be honored by The NEA Foundation with the prestigious 2016 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence, $10,000 and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators. They will be celebrated at

Teaching How to Teach: Meet Excellence in Education Award Winner Debra McDonald

This blog series features five educators who will be honored by The NEA Foundation with the prestigious 2016 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence, $10,000 and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators. They will be celebrated at

Watch Education Leaders Talk Equity, the Achievement Gap and more on October 8-9, 2015


What can you expect to hear? This year’s live streamed event promises to unapologetically examine issues of equity and inclusion, teacher effectiveness, collaborative practice, and even lessons from Finnish education policies.

On October 8-9,

Learning in a Looping Classroom: Meet Excellence in Education Award Winner Dirk Andrews

This blog series features five educators who will be honored by The NEA Foundation with the prestigious 2016 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence, $10,000 and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators. They will be celebrated

Our Favorite NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala Moments

Was it the first ever on-stage selfie or the brilliant smiles on the faces of 39 educators and the cheers they received as they crossed the stage to receive the 2015 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence

Or was it the gifted

Show your love for educators on Valentine’s Day Eve: Watch gala LIVE!

Special gala honorees, the late author, Walter Dean Myers, and his son, award-winning illustrator, Christopher Myers, collaborated on a number of children’s books. 

Watch the entire event, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET) at neafoundation.org,

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,

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