Huffington Post Blog: Unleashing the Fierce Power of Your Belief

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation

This month, the new class of teachers who will enter the education workforce in America's schools will graduate from colleges and universities across the nation. As more teachers retire, our workforce is skewing younger. Recent college graduates comprise the largest percentage of newly hired teachers nationwide, leading to fresh ideas on bridging the achievement gap. On May 10, 2015 I gave the commencement speech at the Neag School of Education, the University of

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

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

9 ways educators gained this year (and how you can too!)

Tis the season to rejoice and reflect! As 2014 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at educators who took advantage of our resources to the benefit of their students. Interested in one or more of these educational resources, grant

5 things about high school that aren’t true anymore

By Blessed Sheriff
Intern, The NEA Foundation


Public high school education isn’t what it used to be. How we learn and what we learn has changed dramatically over recent years. Thankfully, changes have resulted in what has been called the most educated and informed generation ever.

But what

Teaching with Heart

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO

There is one common trait that is in the DNA of teachers—a stubborn and intense desire to do everything possible to help their students flourish and succeed.

I was honored to be included in Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the

Graduation Season in Swing. How Will You Prepare Students For the Road Ahead?

From flowers and new growth to long sunny days and no winter coats, spring is all about closing one chapter and starting another. At schools everywhere, it means graduation and commencement speeches.


How are you preparing to say goodbye to your

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


As a first generation college student from Albany, New York, I had a limited concept of what to expect from college beyond my visits. I had no idea of how my world was about to open up in unexpected ways. During my freshman year, I met Dr.

Simpler is Better

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the updated NEA Foundation Web site. By organizing the site by our core programs – Unions & Districts, Grants to Educators, Innovation, and Awards – and incorporating more videos, images, and

Meet our Senior Fellows Advisory Group

We are delighted to introduce to you the seven globally-recognized scholars, thought leaders, and practitioners, who will serve as the inaugural cohort of our newly formed Senior Fellows Advisory Group.


For many years, the NEA Foundation has

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