Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The NEA Foundation Announces $1000 Challenge to Educators: Identify Your Most Pressing Classroom Problem

WASHINGTON, DC  (September 7, 2010) - Beginning Sept. 7, the NEA Foundation, in partnership with the US Department of Education, is inviting all public school educators to join the Department’s Open Innovation Portal community to identify and solve education’s most pressing classroom problems.  The NEA Foundation will provide cash awards for the best responses.

Through this new initiative, called the Challenge to Innovate (C2i), the NEA Foundation will post a series of challenges or questions to educators on the Department of Education’s Open Innovation Portal. Our first challenge, running from September 7 through October 16, 2010, will ask educators to share their most pressing classroom instructional problem.  The five best ideas posted, as evaluated by the Open Innovation Portal Community, will receive $1000 each.

To participate, educators can register at the Department’s Open Innovation Portal, select the NEA Foundation C2i challenge, post their most pressing classroom challenge, and evaluate the responses of others through a scoring system. The best responses to the challenges will receive awards from the NEA Foundation and may be selected for further development.

The NEA Foundation recognizes teachers as adopters, adapters, and creators of both educational processes and products, and as agents who must organize, manage, and assume risks in solving problems.  Teachers engage in―and lead―this creative process in their classrooms, schools, and communities. 

For more information on how to apply, visit the NEA Foundation website, or contact Betty Paugh-Ortiz at bpaugh-ortiz@nea.org.

About The NEA Foundation
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