What We’ve Learned from 12 Years of Closing the Achievements Gaps

Our latest report, Closing Gaps, Sustaining Change, covers what we learned from our 12 year, Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative, support of seven union-district-community teams. What exactly did we learn? This report includes analysis of innovations designed to increase teaching effectiveness. It's also informed by the heroic, research-based work of thousands of educators, their union and district leaders, and their community partners to change the culture both within schools and

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

3 Middle School Global Competency Lesson Plans

It’s September. The blazing sun of the hottest summer on record is upon us. Everyone we meet is a little sweaty and a little grouchy. What does this remind us of?

Oh, right – middle school.

Middle school educators, you have a special place

Combining Fun with Fundamentals: Innovative Education Programs in the 21st Century

We recently talked to Joe Pizzo, an English educator at Black River Middle School in Chester, New Jersey. His NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership grant helped him develop a project that’s still engaging students years later, so we

Winners of The NEA Foundation's CarrotTop and LimeHead #NEARA16 Photo Contest

We know you’ve been waiting to find out who won our #NEAFCarrotTop and #NEAFLimeHead social media photo contest, held during the NEA Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C., from July 2-6, 2016. Well, the winners are in! 

We asked

4 Hot Education Grants to Apply for This Summer

By Jesse Graytock
The NEA Foundation Grants Manager

In May, we tipped you off to 11 awesome education grants to apply for this summer. As the temperatures ramp up, we thought we’d do the same with 4 more hot education grants for you to check out as you try to keep cool. Have a look and start

5 Elementary Global Competency Lesson Plans for Next Fall

This post is part of a series featuring lesson plans developed by NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows and grantees.

Don’t panic.

You still have a couple of months until the beginning of the new school year. Which means it’s the perfect

11 Awesome Education Grants to Apply for This Summer

As final exams wrap up and students and educators part ways for the summer, it’s natural for educators to want to take a breath and unwind from a hectic school year. However, it’s also an excellent time to think ahead and look for

Huffington Post: A Fresh Start, With Students at the Center

By Harriet Sanford
President and CEO
The NEA Foundation

The Every Student Succeeds Act is an opportunity to look at what works when it comes to improving teaching and learning.

Now that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is no longer the law of the land, education policymakers at all levels are talking about the

Lessons Learned: This Earth Day: Where Has the Water Gone?

By Richard Erickson
2015 Global Learning Fellow and chemistry/physics/alternative education teacher
Bayfield High School in Bayfield, Wisconsin

This blog features the global-themed lesson plan initiatives of Richard Erickson, a 2015 alumnus of the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows program. Richard and his cohort participated in a year-long supported learning experience on the VIF

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