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 student performers who danced, sang, spoke, and played to honor these public school educators? Maybe it was the beautiful, smart and savvy Anne-Marie Johnson, the actress and activist who hosted this year’s gala. We’re having a tough time

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,

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

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.” -

Five educators selected from 36 national awardees to receive top awards at Gala


Five educators will take the stage with an audience of 800 leaders of education, business, and their peers to receive public education’s most prestigious prizes, the Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence and $10,000. These educators

Who Will Be at Next Year’s Academy Awards of Public Education?

From Fairbanks, AK to Wheatland, WY, meet the 36 educators, nominated by their NEA state, federal, and direct affiliates, from across the country, whose pursuit of excellence in education and advocacy for the profession has earned them the 2014

Pennsylvania Educator, Leslie Nicholas, receives top honor at the 2013 Awards Gala

(L to R: Harriet Sanford, President & CEO of The NEA Foundation; Leslie Nicholas, language arts educator at Wyoming Valley West Middle School in Kingston, PA; Gary Phoebus, President & CEO of NEA Member Benefits)

More than 800 national leaders

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