NEA Foundation Grantee Dwayne Dahlbeck shares how he went from slacker to educator in new “Lessons Learned” Q&A


Tell us about your plans for your NEA Foundation grant project.


I teach in an Alternatives Program, and we plan to use the grant money to purchase desktop computers. These computers will allow us to continue to expand our Dual Enrollment Program. Our students who qualify take online courses from local community colleges. These courses give them a feel for what will be expected from them in college and are a great opportunity for credit recovery. Many students who end up in our program have

Uncovering the plant life cycle in school’s green space


With your support, we’ve funded more than 1,300 NEA member project on DonorsChoose.org, providing learning materials to more than 108,000 students. 1,227 projects still await your support. Help a classroom today, and we'll match your

Stretching students’ critical-thinking skills beyond 140 characters


With your support, we’ve funded more than 1,000 NEA member project on DonorsChoose.org, providing learning materials to nearly 80,000 students. 800 projects still await your support. Help a classroom today, and we'll match your donation.


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How do you get your students moving?

 
So far, 1,000 NEA member projects have been funded on DonorsChoose.org, providing nearly 80,000 students with much-needed learning materials. But, 800 projects await your support. Help a classroom today, and we'll match your donation!


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Introducing our new "Lessons Learned" series


 
Why did you start teaching?
 

I fell into teaching. I majored in education as an undergraduate student, but when I went to do my student teaching, I decided the profession wasn't for me. Years later, my mother-in-law pushed me to go back to

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

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

Photo by Flickr user KristinNador


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.


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