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Apple Valley Educators Receive $5,000 Grant

The NEA Foundation funds a robotics mentoring project

Lisa Aburto, a fifth grade educator, and co-applicant, Roger Aburto, of Yucca Loma Elementary School in Apple Valley, CA, have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to team high school with elementary students on robotics projects. The “Robo-Mentors” program will allow students at Granite Hills High to assist Yucca Loma Elementary students prepare for a LEGO Robotics Challenge, while the high school students prepare for a robotics challenge of their own. All students will get the opportunity to attend the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  

“With these grants, we are supporting educator-driven solutions that contribute to improved student performance in public schools,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Our funding enables educators to engage in a wide variety of innovative approaches to the benefit of students across the country.” 

Hayward Educators Receive $5,000 Grant

The NEA Foundation funds group study of math and English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards

Erika Isomura, a fifth grade educator, and co-applicant, Anamarie Bruljan, of Glassbrook School in Hayward, CA, have received a $5,000 Learning & Leadership from the NEA Foundation to prepare for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). Isomura will lead a school-wide professional learning community to refine teaching practices and lessons with more culturally-relevant and academically-rigorous experiences for students.  Her cohort will create a common understanding of discourse, lesson study, and inquiry-based learning.

“With these grants, we are supporting educator-driven solutions that contribute to improved student performance in public schools,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Our funding enables educators to engage in a wide variety of innovative approaches to the benefit of students across the country.” 

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