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CTA members win $2k & $5k grants from the NEA Foundation

Modesto Educators Receive $5,000 Grant
The NEA Foundation Funds Multimedia Broadcasting Academy Project

Brad Cornwell, a high school media arts and technology teacher, and his co-applicant, Kristen Taylor, of Peter Johansen High School in Modesto, have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to introduce the “Multi-Media Broadcasting Academy,” which will allow students to cross the digital divide through the incorporation of collaborated teacher projects, grouped student assignments, individualized student work, and partnerships founded within the community. Through the use of school and community partnerships, students will become well-rounded and knowledgeable in career path choices and advancements in the job market. At the end of the school year, each student will possess a digital portfolio containing web page designs, graphic arts, and video animation.

El Cerrito Educator Receives $2,000 Grant
The NEA Foundation Funds Tour of Finnish, Swedish Schools 
David Orphal, a tenth grade social studies teacher of Skyline High School in El Cerrito, has received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to travel to Finland and Sweden to understand the difference in student achievement between students in the United States and abroad. Orphal will visit schools and discuss teaching practices with Finnish and Swedish educators, visit the Finnish National Board of Education and the Swedish Ministry of Education, and investigate the policies that support high student achievement. Upon return, he will use the lessons he has learned to work with students in developing a school redesign project.

San Francisco Educators Receive $5,000 Grant
The NEA Foundation Funds “Collaborative Planning Project”

Jessica Fishman, a second and third grade teacher, and her co-applicant, Noberto Camarena, of San Francisco Community School in San Francisco, have received a $5,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to work together in study groups to learn how to establish essential learning goals, develop project based curriculum, and develop common learning strategies through the “Collaborative Planning Project.” Educators will work in grade level teams, with more experienced teachers mentoring newer teachers. All educators will be coached on the principles of backwards design curriculum and performance based assessment. This learning will provide the foundation for teams of teachers to develop projects for students at San Francisco Community School.

About the NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors, and others who support public education initiatives. We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning. Visit www.neafoundation.org for more information.

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