Monday, June 28, 2010

The NEA Foundation Awards $217K in Grants to Educators

Grants support efforts to improve teaching and learning in 28 states

WASHINGTON, DC  (June 28, 2010) - The NEA Foundation announced today that it is awarding 50 grants totaling $217,000 to support public school educators’ efforts to improve student achievement and strengthen their own practice. The grants, of $2,000 or $5,000, were awarded to educators in 28 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.

Twenty-seven 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. 

“Through these grants, educators are improving their practice so their students can master academics and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.  “These funds will enable educators to carry out a wide range of initiatives: from creating school gardens; to studying ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay; to attending workshops and conferences at institutions such as Columbia University.”  

The NEA Foundation has awarded more than $6.6 million in grants over the past decade to educators in every state in the country. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership ants.  The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The deadline for the next review period is Oct. 15, 2010.  Descriptions of current and past recipients, online application forms, and an instructional video can be found at neafoundation.org.

About The NEA Foundation
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