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Seven California educators win $2,000 and $5,000 grants from The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation

Seven CTA members have received grants from the NEA Foundation! Check out our recipients:

Ruth Goodwin, a fourth grade educator, and co-applicant, Stephanie Gonzalez, of Burbank Elementary School in Merced, have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to fund a project that enhances the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will experience visual and performing arts, various technology applications, and a trip to the San Francisco Academy of Science. Lessons and activities before and after the trip will allow students to experience science and connect it to the other disciplines.

Tandra Ericson, an assistive technology specialist, and co-applicant, Rene Conable, of Mount Diablo Unified School District in Concord, have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to launch “Literacy for All,” a model literacy program. The program will contain complex instruction designed to develop engaged independent readers and writers. The work will be accomplished through a collaboration of teachers and specialists, professional development, age-appropriate, research-based curriculum, and integrated technology.

Chandra Friend, a tenth through eleventh grade language arts educator, and co-applicant, Tully Mintey, of Irvington High School in Fremont, have received a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to revitalize Irvington High School’s arts-integrated curriculum and incorporate new pedagogical methods through training and collaboration time for both new and experienced educators. The project will support staff as they refine their practice through planning meetings, conferences, peer professional development sessions, and interdisciplinary collaboration lessons.

Lisa Okikawa, an educator of the visually impaired, of Huntington Beach Union High School District in Huntington Beach, has received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to attend the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Art and Disability Conference. To better understand the skills individuals with disabilities (specifically those who are blind or visually impaired) need for viable employment, Okikawa will participate in seminars. She will learn creative and effective ways to seamlessly blend the teaching of core subject matter and workforce skills. In the process, Okikawa will implement innovative arts programs created by organizations for students with disabilities. 

“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 support enables educators to engage in a wide variety of innovative approaches to the benefit of students across the country.” Nationwide, the NEA Foundation announced that it is awarding grants to 51 educators across 28 states for a total of $177,000. 

The NEA Foundation awards two levels of grant funding, $2,000 or $5,000, for two primary categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve academic achievement, and Learning and Leadership Grants for high-quality educational professional development activities. 

A team of 20 educators, many former grantees, carefully reviewed all applications and evaluated each one against a set of criteria. Funded educator grants were selected for the quality of the grant proposal ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. 

Over the past decade, the NEA Foundation has invested more than $7.1 million in teaching grants to support the work of almost 4,500 educators from every state in the country to help students succeed. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning and Leadership Grants. To learn about these educators’ projects, visit the NEA Foundation’s Grantee Archive. Search for grantees and projects by most recent, grade level, subject, state, or keyword. 

The NEA Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The next education grant deadline is October 15, 2014. Application forms and a video with step-by-step instructions on how to apply can be found in the Grants to Educators section of the NEA Foundation website. 

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