Friday, March 25, 2011

Educators Receive $2,500 from the NEA Foundation for Solutions to Classroom Challenges

Top Ideas Identified through the Challenge to Innovate  

Washington, DC  (March 25, 2011) – Four educators have received $2,500 awards from the NEA Foundation for sharing their solutions to classroom challenges through the NEA Foundation’s Challenge to Innovate (C2i).  C2i is an incentive-driven networking site open to public school educators and others with an interest in improving public education by offering solutions to pressing classroom challenges.  

Launched by the NEA Foundation and the US Department of Education in September 2010 and hosted on the Department’s Open Innovation Portal, C2i has attracted participation from educators and others from more than 43 states and 5 countries.  

The following winning solutions address classroom and instructional challenges in the areas of math, reading, student voice, and parent engagement:

  • Erin Bassham of Syringa Middle School in Caldwell, Idaho submitted a solution focused on the hands-on application of math concepts by building scale models of houses;
  • Scott D. Farver of Indian Hills Elementary School of Gallup, N.M. suggested the development of new-teacher orientation materials created through student focus groups;
  • Ouita Bingham of Manor Middle School in Manor, Texas proposed a librarian-led book club/technology roundup program, and;
  • Jae Goodwin of the Charlotte A. Dunning School of Framingham, Mass. uses “Dialogue journals” in her class to prompt discussion of reading between students and parents

The NEA Foundation will launch its next challenge in partnership with the Consortium of School Networking in April.   This challenge will ask educators, students, and other creative thinkers to share their best ideas for how mobile phone technologies transform teaching and learning.

For more information on how to participate in C2i, visit the NEA Foundation website.

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