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La Mirada Educators Receive $5,000 Grant

The NEA Foundation funds watershed protection project 

Norma Williamson, a foreign language educator, and co-applicant, John Alvarez, of La Mirada High School in La Mirada, CA, have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to create a project-based learning approach to research how the La Mirada community can help reduce ocean pollution and conserve drinking water. Students will interview scientists, members of environmental organizations, and experts and plan campus, creek, street, and beach clean-ups to raise public awareness within their community. 

“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.”

San Francisco Educators Receive $5,000 Grant

The NEA Foundation funds group study to improve performance among English Language Learners

Karen Zapata, a kindergarten through fifth grade educator, and co-applicant, Nolberto Camarena, of SF Community School in San Francisco, CA, have received a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to better support English Language Learners. They will lead a team of teachers in placing particular emphasis on strengthening the learning of long-term English Language Learners, who are currently the lowest performing students. Educators will work collaboratively to provide a foundation for better use of strategies and interventions across all grade levels.

“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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