Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The NEA Foundation Awards $252K in Grants to Educators

Grants support efforts to improve teaching and learning in 33 states

WASHINGTON, DC  (November 16, 2010) - The NEA Foundation announced today that it is awarding 57 grants totaling $252,000 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 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.

“With support from the NEA Foundation, public school educators in schools nationwide are finding new ways to increase student engagement in learning and are sharing new approaches to instructional practice with their peers,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.  “Our most recent grantees will use these funds on a wide range of projects: from studying brained-based teaching strategies to instructing students how to create multi-media life stories through photography, poetry, and rap.”

The NEA Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants over the past decade to educators in every state in the country. The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year.  The deadline for the next review period is Feb 1, 2011.  Descriptions of current and past recipients, online application forms, and an instructional video can be found at neafoundation.org.

About The NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors, and others who support public education initiatives.We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning. Visit www.neafoundation.org for more information. Find us on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our blog.

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