Kaiser teacher receives NEA Foundation Grant

Honolulu Educator Receives $2,000 Grant
The NEA Foundation funds school-wide metacognition program

Daniel Noia, an eleventh grade English educator, of Henry J. Kaiser School in Honolulu has received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to lead a school-wide professional development program that will measure students’ metacognition. Educators will measure students’ metacognitive abilities and applications of learning to other classes using learning logs. Data measuring student growth will be recorded and analyzed, and shared during training sessions.

The NEA Foundation invested $146,000 to fund 49 grants to public school educators in 26 states. When those educators share the knowledge gained from their grants with other educators, an estimated 30,000 students and 1,700 educators can also expect to benefit.

The NEA Foundation’s education grants fund $2,000 and $5,000 projects for classroom instruction or professional development. Grantees share knowledge directly with their colleagues and the field at-large by posting lesson plans and curriculum on an open-sourced platform. As a result, the sharing and replication of projects broadens the potential for improved learning among educators and students alike by the thousands.

“Our competitive grants enable education professionals— from classroom teachers to intervention specialists to paraeducators— to engage in professional learning and classroom projects that will benefit students across the country,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “By encouraging them to share their knowledge with other educators in their schools and online, we are also supporting their efforts to transform the profession.

Among the funded educators is Charles Steinbower, a librarian in Orient, Ohio, who will collaborate with a local library and correctional facility schools to incorporate civil rights and social justice into instruction, while students attend panel discussions on the topics. Elizabeth Mora, a social studies educator in Los Angeles, California, will visit Heifer International’s project sites in Honduras to examine farming’s effect on impoverished communities and share her knowledge with students and colleagues.

The 49 grantees were selected from a total of 332 proposals submitted. Six grantee teams included at least one Education Support Professional (ESP). Nine grantees will participate in professional development endeavors abroad, with learning taking place in Bolivia, China, Ghana, and an array of other locales.  Ten grants focus on language arts, 10 focus on science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), and eight address general pedagogical practices. Five focus on social studies and eight on other subjects. The remainder focuses on multiple subject areas.

The NEA Foundation also announced that it has awarded 20 Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve student achievement and 29 Learning & Leadership Grants for high-quality educational professional development. The average free and reduced lunch rate at the grantees’ school is 49 percent.

A team of 20 educators— many former grantees— evaluated all applications against a set of criteria and selected funded educators based on the quality of the grant proposal and the potential for enhancing student outcomes.

In the past decade, the NEA Foundation has invested more than $7.1 million in teaching grants to support the work of nearly 4,500 educators in every state to help students succeed. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 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 three times a year. The next education grant deadline is October 15, 2015. Applications can be found in the Grants to Educators section of the NEA Foundation’s Web site, http://www.neafoundation.org

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