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!
It was too hard to choose between all the amazing posts from our Global Learning Fellows, so we cheated and picked all of them. Check out the list to see what we learned about global competency classrooms from visiting educators around the world!
With an increasingly diverse student population, we think NEA Foundation board member Carmen Ortiz-McGhee’s comments on how educators can support minority students are hugely important. In this interview with Susanna G. Baumann of Latinabusiness.us, Ortiz-McGhee discussed the positive effects of collaboration and inclusiveness.
Our own Jesse Graytock traveled to Fredericksburg, Virginia to check out how sixth-grade educator Stefanie Root has transformed her classroom with her NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant. You can watch the video of Stefanie’s class at work here!
One of our most important jobs here at the NEA Foundation is to help educators teach even better. So we were excited to work with San Antonio on their Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) program, which helps inexperienced educators through professional development mentoring and feedback. Check out this Lessons Learned post for some insights about what they do!
Terri Butts, last year’s top NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grant awardee, wrote this photo-filled reflection on her experience in Peru with the 2015 class of Global Learning Fellows. She discussed food, architecture, adventure, and – of course – classrooms!
Our esteemed President & CEO, Harriet Sanford, published an article in The Huffington Post describing how urban farming helps kids learn about not only science but also healthy living, entrepreneurship, and service. We’re just jealous that these kids are better gardeners than we are!
We can’t look back on 2015 without remembering our biggest event of the year, the Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala! We were thrilled to recognize children’s book author and illustrator Christopher Myers and his father, the late Walter Dean Myers, as well as the wonderful educators who came to Washington, DC to receive their awards. We hope you’ll be able to celebrate with us this year on February 12, either in person or by watching the live stream!
What were your favorite 2015 moments in education? Share them with us in the comments or on social media!