Learning in a Looping Classroom: Meet Horace Mann Excellence in Education Awardee Dirk Andrews

This blog series features five educators who will be honored by The NEA Foundation will award the 2016 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence. These educators will receive $10,000 and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators. They will also be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala on February 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

In Dirk Andrews’ classroom, students get to learn about language arts, math, the environment, and

Watch a Sixth Grade Math Class Transform into Blended Learning

Dixon-Smith Middle School educator Stefanie Root had a tough problem to solve: how to divide her attention among 30 students, many of whom needed remedial math instruction. But, with the help of a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA

Why My Teachers Need Your Support to Close the Achievement Gap

By Jordan McGhee
Summer Intern

We asked our summer intern, Jordan McGhee, a rising high school junior, about the importance of supporting educators and students with new classroom materials. Here is what she had to say.

Every year, public school educators spend more than $500 out

How a Texas School District Finds Innovation in Teaching with Peer Assistance and Review

This blog series spotlights current teams of the NEA Foundation Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. The Institute supports the collaborative efforts of these teams of local unions and school district leaders by focusing on a single

5 Educators Tips to Prep for the New School Year

By Nancy Kunsman
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grant recipient
and language arts educator at Gore High School in Gore, Oklahoma

We asked a recent NEA Foundation grant recipient what she does to prepare for the upcoming school year. Check out her tips for quashing those first-day jitters and setting the course for an amazing school year!

1. Get Your Classroom Ready


These Educators Are Having the Best Summer Ever

While many of their students soak up the joy of a homework-free summer, educators who received $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grants from the NEA Foundation have been hard at work completing professional development opportunities and preparing

Teaching Indigenous Students At Home or Abroad

By Anna Baldwin
2015 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow
and English and history educator at Arlee High School in Arlee, Montana

This summer I had the opportunity to spend over a week traveling in Peru with a group of teachers from across the country as part of the NEA Foundation's Global Learning Fellowship. We had some breath-taking experiences, including visiting a rural

Educator Finds Global Competency Reality in a “Global Village” in Peru

By Jeff Baxter
2015 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow
and English educator at Leavenworth Senior High School in Leavenworth, Kansas

Photo: NEA Foundation Board Member Kim Oliver-Burnim (left) and Jeff Baxter (right) at Machu Picchu

The NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellows first day in Lima, Peru, was Father’s Day. At least, it was Father’s Day in the United

Peru through the Eyes of a "Hopeful" Traveler

By Terri Butts
Curriculum effectiveness specialist and 2015 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow 
Richland 2 Child Development Center,Columbia, SC

Photo: 2015 Global Learning Fellows at the Cathedral of Lima

My eyes are wide open, despite landing in Cusco at 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday night. When we reach the city, the streets bustle with activity rivaling New York City. I’m ready to meet

What Physical Education Teaches Students about Developing Countries

By Mel House
2015 Global Learning Fellow and physical education teacher
Rio Vista Elementary School, North Hollywood, California

This blog series features the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows, a cohort of educators who participated in a year-long supported learning experience on the VIF International Global Gateway platform to build global competency skills.

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