My Day in Sixth Grade Math Class

By Jesse Graytock
NEA Foundation Grants Manager
The NEA Foundation

“Are you a secret agent?”

That’s how I was greeted as I entered Stefanie Root’s 6th grade classroom at Dixon-Smith Middle School in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was an understandable response from a 12 year old. Joined by my colleague Carrie McCloud and our trusty videographer Nick Greiner, we had entered the orderly classroom and had made our presence known in a way that would never be mistaken for discreet. Cameras were mounted. Shots were angled and blocked. I was

Huffington Post Blog: Why Urban Farming Helps Students Across Disciplines

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation

Photo courtesy of Active Citizen Project/Project EATs

Happy Earth Day! In our latest Huffington Post Blog, we explore how students getting their hands in the earth goes way beyond STEM education.

"The greenhouse at Fernwood Montessori, a

Join the NEA Foundation's National Poetry Month Challenge

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” – Rita Dove, Poet Laureate of the United States, 1993-1995

This month schools across the nation come together to recognize the poets and poetry that have made a huge impact on

5+ Resources and Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers of STEM

Recently, Change the Equation launched the nationwide Start with STEM campaign, with the intent of bringing the nation’s highest quality K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs to students and teachers. The architects of

5 Ways to Teach Global Competency Through Experiential Learning

What does it mean to educate students for life and work in the global innovation age? The NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellows shared their takeaways in our “Reflections” series, as well as their downloadable lesson plans

Teaching Global Awareness: It’s More Than Just Exposure


This blog series features the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows, a cohort of public school educators who participated in a year-long supported professional development learning experience to build global competency skills. The fellowship

Our Favorite NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala Moments

Was it the first ever on-stage selfie or the brilliant smiles on the faces of 39 educators and the cheers they received as they crossed the stage to receive the 2015 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence

Or was it the gifted

Show your love for educators on Valentine’s Day Eve: Watch gala LIVE!

Special gala honorees, the late author, Walter Dean Myers, and his son, award-winning illustrator, Christopher Myers, collaborated on a number of children’s books. 

Watch the entire event, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET) at neafoundation.org,

Lessons Learned: "Lifeboat Earth”: Educating for our global, environmental future

This blog series features the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows, a cohort of public school educators who participated in a year-long supported professional development learning experience to build global competency skills. The fellowship

Ortiz-McGhee on minority education amidst a non-diverse teaching force

This guest blog features a Q&A with Carmen Ortiz-McGhee, a member of the NEA Foundation’s Board of Directors, on her work with the Foundation and as an advocate for diversity. It was originally published by Susana G Baumann, editor-in-chief at

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