Friday, October 23, 2009

The NEA Foundation Awards $234K in Grants to Educators

Grants support efforts to improve teaching and learning in 29 states

WASHINGTON, DC  (October 5, 2009) - The NEA Foundation announced today that it is awarding 51 grants totaling $234,000 to support public school educators’ efforts to improve student achievement or strengthen their own skills.

The grants, of $2,000 or $5,000, were awarded to educators in 29 states:

Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The Foundation awards two primary categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve the academic achievement, and Learning & Leadership Grants for high-quality professional development activities.

“The grant proposals we receive and fund demonstrate the creative and innovative work that public school educators are doing to engage their students and improve their own teaching practices,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation.  “Our grantees will use these funds to do everything from starting recycling projects at their schools to creating learning communities of biology teachers to share best practices for hands-on labs.”

The NEA Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants like these over the past decade to educators in every state in the country. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants.  The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year.  Deadlines for the next review periods are Feb. 1, 2010 and June 1, 2010.

Descriptions of current and past recipients, online application forms, and an instructional video can be found at neafoundation.org.

About The NEA Foundation
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