Tuesday, July 26, 2011

35 Educators to Receive National Recognition with The California Casualty National Education Award

The NEA Foundation and California Casualty to Honor Educators at Washington, DC Awards Gala in February

WASHINGTON, DC (July 26, 2011) – The NEA Foundation today announced the names of the 35 public school educators who will receive the California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for public educators.

These educators will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 10, 2012.  Known as the Academy Awards of public education, the gala attracts more than 850 of the nation’s leaders from public education, philanthropy, and the private sector.

“We give these awards annually to educators to recognize and promote excellence in education and to elevate the profession,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “We are thrilled that California Casualty has joined us in honoring their work to make a difference in the lives of students in classrooms across the country.”  

In addition, the educators’ schools will receive awards of $650. “Educating our youth is so critically important. California Casualty is proud to partner with the NEA Foundation to pause and celebrate excellence in teaching,” said Beau Brown, President and CEO of California Casualty. The educators were nominated by the National Education Association’s state affiliates.  Photos and names of all of the state nominees can be found here.

From the 35 state awardees, five finalists will be selected to receive a $10,000 cash award. At the conclusion of the Washington, DC gala, one finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000.

The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards with support from NEA Member Benefits, the Horace Mann Companies, California Casualty, and the Pearson Foundation. 

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