Grantee Discussion: Outdoor Classrooms

Many NEA Foundation grantees have used funds to create outdoor classrooms at their school. We would like to hear from educators about their experiences.

What was your greatest challenge?  What have been your greatest rewards?

Please share you thoughts below.

Edcuators Get a ‘Big Help’ From Nickelodeon

We have just awarded 41 grants to educators in 24 states in partnership with Nickelodeon’s “The Big Help.” Each school year, the Foundation awards more than 150 grants to educators in every state. It is always eye-opening and

Grantee Discussion: Incorporating Mobile Technology in the Classroom

Many NEA Foundation grantees have used funds to incorporate iPod, iPad or other mobile technology in the classroom. We would like to hear from educators about their experiences. 


Has this technology resonated with students? In incorporating

Grant Application Tip: Have a Good Reason For a Grant

By Jesse Graytock

Grants Manager, The NEA Foundation


As Grants Manager, I like to offer tips to educators that are not just applicable when applying for a grant from the NEA Foundation, but can but useful when applying for any type of grant. 

Grantee Story: All the Healthy News That’s Fit to Print


With the help of a grant from the NEA Foundation, Lorette Vacchiano and elementary students from the Norristown Area School District in Pennsylvania are sharing the good news about healthy living.

They created the "Healthy Comet" student newspaper

Guest Post: How I Used Imagination and Animation to Teach Students about Recycling

By Jennifer Dashef

Elementary Art Teacher, Granville Central School District, NY


(Jennifer was awarded a Student Achievement Grant funded in partnership with Nickelodeon's The Big Help.)


It is my goal to make my art lessons as meaningful as possible

Nickelodeon Helps Fund 56 Educators Projects For 'Big Help’

For the second consecutive year, Nickelodeon is helping fund the NEA Foundation grants program through the network’s The Big Help project, a long-term effort to connect kids to issues and information important in their lives. The

Grantee Video: Students Examine the Power of a Solar Future through NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Grant

Lorraine Moore of Glendale, SC wanted her students to “experience the power of solar energy -- as scientists and as citizens.”


Through the NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help grant program, her “Solar Science, Solar Society”

Grantee Story: Fourth Graders Discover History in Own Backyards

Here at the NEA Foundation we're always excited to share the innovative things our grantees are doing. We recently learned more about a creative way some students in Virginia are learning about the history of their state through a program we funded.

Report: Confronting Systemic Inequity in Education

How can philanthropy be more effective at deploying its limited resources to help reform and improve our nation's school systems?


That is one of the central questions addressed in an informative new report issued by by the National Committee for

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