California Teachers Association

October 2014

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Learning Have you applied? CTA members use NEA Foundation grants to help students succeed T H E N E A F O U N D AT I O N awards two levels of grant funding, $2,000 or $5,000: Student Achieve- ment 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. The NEA Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The next education grant deadline is February 1, 2015. Application forms and a video with step-by-step instructions on how to apply can be found at neafoundation.org. T H E B E S T T E A C H I N G methods come from educators. CTA members received grants of up to $5,000 from the NEA Foundation to implement innovative programs to help their students achieve. CHANDRA FRIEND and her colleague TULLY MINTEY are helping to revitalize Irvington High School's arts-integrated curriculum and incor- porate new pedagogical methods through training and collaboration time for both new and experienced educators. Chandra (pictured here "with my 2-year-old in one arm and a giant stack of books in the other — my two favorites!") is a language arts teacher at Irvington High School for grades 10-11 in Fremont. TANDRA ERICSON, an assistive technology specialist, and RENE CONABLE, of Mount Diablo Unified School District in Concord, are launching "Literacy for All," a model literacy prog ram designed to develop enga ged independent readers and writers. Teachers and specialists are making use of pro- fessional development; a ge-a ppropria te, research-based curriculum; and integ ra ted technolog y to help students. LISA OKIKAWA is an educator of the visual- ly impaired at Huntington Beach Union High School District in Huntington Beach. Thanks to the NEA Foundation grant, she attended the Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Art and Disability Conference to learn creative, effective, and seamless ways to blend subject matter and workforce skills education. The grant is also helping her implement innovative arts programs for students with disabilities. RUTH GOODWIN teaches fourth grade with her colleague STEPHANIE GONZALEZ at Burbank Elementary School in Merced. Their project focuses on the Next Generation Science Standards and incorporates visual and performing arts, various technology applica- tions, and a trip to the San Francisco Academy of Science. neafoundation.org GO ONLINE Lisa Okikawa Teaching ideas 43 V O L U M E 1 9 I S S U E 3

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