Wednesday, August 25, 2010

NEA Foundation Awarded $550K to Develop National Model for Service-Learning

WASHINGTON, DC (August 25, 2010) — School begins this year in Columbus, Ohio, with the kick-off of “Bringing Learning to Life,” a teacher-led project to create a model of K-12 service-learning — using academic knowledge to solve real-life problems — that can be replicated nationwide.

Service-learning has long been recognized as an effective strategy for motivating students. Evidence is mounting that it also improves academic performance, raises high school graduation rates, and encourages students to aspire to a college education.

Spearheaded by NEA’s Public Engagement Project, the endeavor has been awarded an initial grant of $550,000 from Learn and Serve America, a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. government agency that also houses Americorps and Vista.

NEA’s partners in “Bringing Learning to Life” include the Columbus Education Association; The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology; Columbus City Schools, the largest school district in Ohio; and the Ohio Education Association. They will work with community groups to restore schools to their traditional role as community hubs.

Lessons and techniques learned from the project will be disseminated through NEA’s network of 50 state-wide affiliates; 14,000 community-based affiliates; and mainstream media that reach a nationwide audience.  

“The NEA Foundation is proud to support the NEA’s Public Engagement Project,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Their work mirrors ours:

building partnerships of unions, school districts, and communities to provide new tools and skills that help educators create meaningful learning opportunities for their students.”

“This is a very significant accomplishment. Competition for Learn and Serve America grants overall was quite challenging, with fewer than 10% of applications awarded,” said Nicole Gallent, Director, Learn and Serve America.

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