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Ashwaubenon educators win $5,000 technology grant from NEA

Posted: 3/23/2012 9:56:46 AM

Jennifer Nelson and Alycia Johnson of Valley View Elementary School in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to fund Bringing Everyone Together with Technology, which will emphasize language acquisition and increased cultural awareness in their students. Educators will infuse 21st century skills throughout the curriculum by incorporating relevance and technology into daily lessons. Students will investigate the culture of a Spanish-speaking country and communicate with peers in foreign countries via Skype and written correspondence.

“With these grants, we are helping educators to innovate in their classrooms and to build their expertise so students can increase their academic achievement,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Our support enables students and educators to engage in a wide variety of innovative work.”

Nationwide, the NEA Foundation announced that it is awarding 51 grants totaling $195,000 to support educators’ efforts to improve teaching and learning. The NEA Foundation awards two primary categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve academic achievement, and Learning & Leadership Grants for high-quality professional development activities.

A team of 20 educators, many of whom are former grantees, carefully reviewed all applications and evaluated each one against a set of criteria. Funded grants were selected based on the quality of the proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. The latest grants were awarded to educators in 28 different states.

The NEA Foundation has invested more than $8 million in grants like these to support the work of 2,500 educators in every state in the country to help students succeed. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants. To learn about these educators’ projects, visit the Foundation's searchable grantee database.

The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The next grant deadline is June 1, 2012. Application forms and a video with step by step instructions on how to apply can be found at

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