Celebrating the Profession:  Hawaii teachers receive NEA Foundation grants

Kualapuu Educators Receive $5,000 Grant
The NEA Foundation funds marine biology excursion to Kaneohe Bay

Diane Abraham, a fifth grade educator, and co-applicant, Ryan Link, of Kualapuu School in Kualapuu, HI, have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to help students explore tropical marine science. Students will learn about the ecosystems, organisms, shapes, and landforms supported by the ocean. They will also collect and analyze the salinity, oxygen, turbidity, and acidity of samples. The project will culminate with an expedition to Moku o Lo’e in Kaneohe Bay, where students will take part in a marine biology field camp.


Ewa Beach Educator Receives $2,000 Grant
The NEA Foundation funds participate in Vietnam service-learning project

Karen Chun, an eleventh and twelfth grade social studies educator, of James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, HI, has received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to take part in a service learning project in Vietnam. Chun will interview government and non-government groups, visit historic monuments, and converse with citizens of Vietnam’s urban areas and countryside. Upon returning, Chun will use her newly gained knowledge to enhance global literacy curriculum.

“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 47 educators across 23 states for a total of $155,000 to support educators’ efforts to improve teaching and learning. 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 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 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 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 grant deadline is June 1, 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.


About the NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators’ dues, corporate sponsors, and others. The NEA Foundation supports student success by helping public school educators work with key partners to build strong systems of shared responsibility. Visit neafoundation.org for more information.