Winners of The NEA Foundation's CarrotTop and LimeHead #NEARA16 Photo Contest

We know you’ve been waiting to find out who won our #NEAFCarrotTop and #NEAFLimeHead social media photo contest, held during the NEA Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C., from July 2-6, 2016. Well, the winners are in! 

We asked those who visited our booth at the Expo to take photos of their new NEA Foundation CarrotTop and LimeHead pen pals on adventures throughout our great nation’s capital. 

These were our favorite shots! Congratulations to four official

NEA Foundation Looks Back: Our Favorite Blog Posts of 2015

By Kate Schaefer
NEA Foundation Intern

We know we’re a few weeks into 2016 already, but we’re in a nostalgic mood (mostly for summer), and we wanted to share with you some of our favorite NEA Foundation blog posts from 2015. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Gates Millennium Scholars: Preparing for College with this Life-Changing Student Scholarship

By Blessed Sheriff

It’s April.

You've tried not to worry about it for months, but now you can no longer avoid the reality. The letter is in the mail, ten feet away from your front door. Imagine opening that letter, scrolling quickly through the page until you

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

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

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