Thursday, November 18, 2010

Educators from 40 States Identify Most Pressing Classroom Problems; Solve Them and Receive $2,500

WASHINGTON, DC (November 18, 2010) Educators from more than 40 states responded to the NEA Foundation Challenge to Innovate’s (C2i) call to post their most pressing classroom problems and to form a virtual community where their views and experiences are being shared, discussed, evaluated, and rewarded.

“We are grateful to the Department of Education and to those educators who have helped us advance this new virtual effort,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “We are eager to use this virtual tool to solicit possible solutions to these pressing classroom problems identified by the C2i community.”

Based on the ideas shared in the first challenge, the C2i community has selected four classroom-based problems as the most pressing:

  1. How can educators help students learn and use fractions, ratios, and proportions?
  2. How can classroom teachers/schools best facilitate positive parental involvement in their child’s learning?
  3. How might a teacher who has a student(s) reading significantly below grade level build a foundation of literacy skills for ultimate reading success?
  4. How can educators better incorporate student voices in decision making?

The NEA Foundation is now looking to educators and the public to find solutions to these classroom-based problems. Through Jan. 14, 2011, all are invited to visit the Department’s Open Innovation Portal to review, evaluate, discuss, and offer solutions.    

The NEA Foundation will offer up to five cash awards of $2,500 for individuals who submit solutions voted most responsive to the pressing problems listed above.

Each proposed solution should cost no more than $500 per classroom to implement and be initiated within a three- to four- month period. These solutions will be shared in a host of ways so that educators across the country can apply them in their classrooms.

For more information on how to participate, visit the NEA Foundation website, or contact Betty Paugh-Ortiz at c2i To register, visit the Department of Education’s Open Innovation Portal.

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