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Apply Now for an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

Applications are being accepted through February 4 for the 2020 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship—a year of professional development that includes a summer field study in Peru.

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The fellowship is an opportunity for K-12 educators to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. Read more

2013 CEA McCormack Award Winner on Why You Should Apply for This $2,000 Award

You probably know many outstanding teachers who would qualify for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence. Here’s your chance to nominate one of them—or you can even nominate yourself!

Watch Wallingford teacher and 2013 McCormack Award winner Chris Stone explain the many opportunities this award has opened up to him, and find out why he encourages you to apply today!

The application does not take long, and the reward is definitely worth it—$2,000 from CEA, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D.C.

Click here for forms and additional information.

John McCormack Award flier.

The application deadline for this award is January 28, 2019.

Applications Now Open for the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship broadens educators’ and students’ perspectives. It’s a great opportunity for classroom teachers to develop their global competence and bring the world to their students.The yearlong, fully-funded fellowship includes:

  • An online course in teaching global competence
  • A two-day professional development workshop in Washington, D.C. (Fall 2019)
  • Webinars discussing global issues
  • A nine-day international field study to Peru (Summer 2020)

Learn more and apply today.

NEA Foundation Grants Support PD and Student Achievement

Teachers frequently need outside funding for classroom resources and funding to engage in meaningful professional development.  The NEA Foundation has grants available to current NEA members to help with both.

NEA Foundation Student Achievement grants, support teachers in helping students learn how to think critically and solve problems. The NEA Foundation is currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects.

Through the Learning & Leadership grants, the NEA Foundation supports the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to:

  • individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research, and to
  • groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

The foundation gives preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.

For both grants two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award.

The third and final 2018 deadline for applications for both grants is coming up October 15.

Find out more and then apply for either the Student Achievement grants or the Learning & Leadership grants.

 

Wallingford Teacher’s STEM Enrichment Program Receives $100,000 Grant

NEA Foundation President and CEO Harriet Sanford, Wallingford Education Association President Louis Faiella, CEA President Sheila Cohen, and Wallingford teacher Christopher Stone.

When Pond Hill Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Christopher Stone founded the CT STEM Academy in Wallingford in 2012, he got a big assist from his state teachers union. The Connecticut Education Association provided a two-year, $10,000 grant to launch his after-school enrichment program, which, over the last five years, has opened the eyes of more than 15,000 students and their families to STEM skills and careers.

Recently, Stone and his colleagues scored another big win for their students when AT&T made a $100,000 contribution to the NEA Foundation to continue supporting the STEM Academy.

“CEA gave us funding to really build our base,” said Stone, thanking CEA President Sheila Cohen and Wallingford Education Association President Louis Faiella for “entertaining my ideas that were really outside the box.” Read more

Apply Now to Become a 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

global-learning-neaAll active NEA classroom teachers now have the opportunity to apply for a unique global learning opportunity. The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers both a summer international field study and year-long professional development.

The NEA Foundation recognizes that, in order for students to prepare for the global age, educators must first be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and disposition needed to teach in the global age.

This fellowship provides educators with 12 months of professional development to support them as they build global competence skills and create their own lesson plans to share with educators around the world. Fellows will also experience nine days of international field study.

Previous field study destinations have included China, Brazil, and Peru. The anticipated field study destination for the 2018 Global Learning Fellowship is South Africa. This trip will take place between late June and late July 2018.

Click here for more information and to apply. Applications are open now through February 28, 2017.

Wallingford Teacher Honored in D.C.

Wallingford teacher Chris Stone was honored Friday night in Washington, D.C. at the NEA Foundation Awards Gala. From left are Harriet Sanford, NEA Foundation President & CEO; Marita Zuraitis, President & CEO of Horace Mann Educators Corporation; Stone; Sheila Cohen, CEA President; Dennis Van Roekel, NEA President; Mark Howard Chichester, NEA Foundation Board of Directors Chair.

Wallingford teacher Chris Stone was honored Friday night in Washington, D.C., at the NEA Foundation Awards Gala. From left are Harriet Sanford, NEA Foundation President & CEO; Marita Zuraitis, President & CEO of Horace Mann Educators Corporation; Stone; Sheila Cohen, CEA President; Dennis Van Roekel, NEA President; Mark Howard Chichester, NEA Foundation Board of Directors Chair.

Glamor, pageantry, and the red carpet are a world away from a typical classroom teacher’s job, but Wallingford educator Chris Stone was one of the lucky teachers who got to experience a moment in the spotlight recently. Stone was recognized on the national stage Friday night as one of only five recipients of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

Stone was honored at the NEA Foundation’s annual gala, known as the Academy Awards of public education. The event is a celebration of the men and women who work in America’s public schools. Read more

Insights From a Former Business Woman on Corporate Life vs. Teaching Life

Clare Taylor, pictured with her boyfriend Brian, was celebrated along with 3x? colleauges.

West Hartford teacher Clare Taylor, pictured with her boyfriend Brian Neseralla, was named a Pearson Global Learning Fellow at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala.

Clare Taylor knew she’d be giving up some of the perks of the corporate world — coffee and pastries at morning meetings, catered lunches, even bathroom breaks on her own schedule — when she left a 20-year career in business for the classroom. But she’s quick to point out that teaching has unique perks.

Taylor, a fifth grade teacher at Duffy Elementary in West Hartford, says it’s the “emotional perks” that make teaching so rewarding. Still, she acknowledges, “it’s nice to feel pampered once in a while.”

Taylor had that chance recently at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala. At the annual celebration of the men and women who work in America’s public schools, known as the Academy Awards of public education, Taylor and 35 of her colleagues from around the country were named Pearson Global Learning Fellows.

“They treated everyone like kings and queens — the whole event celebrated teachers,” Taylor said.

She said it was a wonderful experience, especially given that “teachers sometimes feel so overworked and stressed out.” She added, “I wish I weren’t the only teacher in Connecticut who had the chance to go. We have so many great teachers here.”

The gala concluded three days of training in global literacy that prepared the fellows for one of the most exciting aspects of the award. In June, Taylor and the other fellows will travel to Brazil for ten days to visit schools, meet with educators, and learn more about Brazil’s history and culture.

In addition to the training in D.C., prior to the trip the fellows are completing an online course on Brazil’s history, culture, and education system and learning some basic Portuguese.

After the teachers return from Brazil, each will work through July to create a curriculum for his or her school or district integrated with global competency skills.

Clare Taylor, at center in purple, celebrates at the NEA Foundation Gala, with CEA leaders. From left are

Clare Taylor, at center in purple, celebrates at the NEA Foundation Gala with CEA leaders. From left are CEA President Sheila Cohen, CEA Treasurer Tom Nicholas, Taylor’s boyfriend Brian Neseralla, Taylor, West Hartford Education Association President David Dippolino, CEA Political Action Coordinator Conor Casey, NEA Director Pat Jordan, CEA Vice President Jeff Leake, and NEA Director Kathy Flaherty.

Taylor became a Pearson Fellow after being selected as the 2012 John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence winner. The award recognizes and promotes excellence in teaching and service to the profession.

Taylor exemplifies excellence and service thorough her involvement in her school and community. She constantly develops new projects and initiatives for her students and the district, all while being a single mom to a young daughter.

Just a few of Taylor’s recent projects include organizing teams for a national literary quiz at CCSU, using cutting edge technology to receive a satellite phone call from a captain sailing on the Indian Ocean, starting a computer class for parents, and organizing her students to take action on a nutrition bill before a state legislative committee.

In Taylor’s application for the John McCormack Award she wrote, “My passion is creating projects that engage children, integrate multiple subjects, and have real world application.”

She brings service learning into the classroom and her students out into the community. Taylor says, “I have grown as a teacher by letting students have more decision-making and stepping back to see where an idea leads them.”

She has started a district-wide service-learning project to make the community safer through fire awareness and public service. In a new project she is implementing, students work with alumni who went to Duffy Elementary when it opened in 1952 to write biographies that will be published and donated to libraries and the residents. She runs a town-wide scavenger hunt called “Supper @ Seven,” which encourages residents to visit restaurants from seven different cultures.

Taylor says, “When I come up with an exciting idea, I find the energy and get rejuvenated. I have a hard time saying ‘no’ to myself.”