Monday, February 25, 2013

San Ysidro Educators Complete $5,000 Grant Project

The NEA Foundation Funds Project for English Language Learners to Discover California History

WASHINGTON, DC (January 15, 2013) — Janet Hughes and Lianne Loomis of La Mirada Elementary School in San Ysidro, CA have completed a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation. The program supported fourth grade students’ participation in historic reenactments to teach them about California history. Hughes aimed to make California history understandable and meaningful to students who were English Language Learners.

“With these grants we are helping educators to improve their practice so students can increase their academic achievement and develop 21st century skills,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Our support enables students and educators to engage in a wide variety of innovative work.”

Students used iPod Touches to record their experiences at the “History in a Trunk” presentations, during a train ride and visit to Mission San Juan Capistrano, and during a tour of Old Town San Diego. They also spent a night on the sailing ship, Star of India, where they got a glimpse of another historical era. Hughes said her students can now speak in English about California’s Native Americans, the Spanish and the building of the missions, the Gold Rush, and more.

The NEA Foundation funds and supports public educator solutions to improve student performance with two categories of grants: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve academic achievement, and Learning & Leadership Grants for high-quality professional development activities. The Foundation awards about 150 of these grants every year. On average, each grant impacts the learning of about 200 students.

The 2013 deadlines for applications are Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 15. Application forms and an instructional video on how to apply can be found on the NEA Foundation’s Grants to Educators page.

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