Wednesday, February 17, 2010

NEA Foundation Awards $211K in Grants to Educators

Grants support efforts to improve teaching and learning in 33 states

WASHINGTON, DC  (February -17, 2010) - The NEA Foundation announced today that it is awarding 50 grants totaling $211,000 to support public school educators’ efforts to improve student achievement or strengthen their own skills. The grants, of $2,000 or $5,000, were awarded to educators in 33 states.

The NEA Foundation awards two primary categories of grants to public education professionals: student achievement grants for initiatives to improve academic achievement and learning & leadership grants for high-quality professional development activities.

Thirty of these grants have been awarded in collaboration and with support from NEA Foundation partners including: the National Association for Music Education (MENC) Teaching Improvisation Grants for teaching musical improvisation; and Nickelodeon Big Green Help Public Education Grants and Staples Foundation Green Grants to Public School Educators for projects that integrate green-related topics and experiences into the classroom. 

“These grants demonstrate the creative and innovative work that public school educators are developing in order to improve student achievement and their own teaching practices,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.  “Our grantees will use these funds to do everything from teaching students about the science of organic farming to establishing an autism resource library for their school and the community.”

The NEA Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants like these over the past decade to educators in every state in the country. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 student achievement and learning & leadership grants.  The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year.  Deadlines for the next review periods are June 1, 2010 and Oct. 15, 2010.  Descriptions of current and past recipients, online application forms, and an instructional video can be found at


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