NJEA members receive NEA Foundation grants

Published on Monday, July 2, 2012

Two NJEA members have recently received Learning & Leadership Grants from the NEA Foundation. Nationwide, the NEA Foundation has announced that it is awarding 60 grants totaling $216,000 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.

Volunteer Trip to Thailand Orphanage

Jessica Zschack, a Randolph Middle School teacher and member of the Randolph Education Association, has received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to travel to Thailand with a colleague to volunteer at an orphanage that was created amid the destruction of the 2004 tsunami. Through this immersive cultural experience, Zschack will gain knowledge in the fields of special education, history, and language arts. Upon return, Zschack will implement a service based learning project that will bring to light the struggles of children in foreign cultures.

Music for People Program

Kelly Wormann, a teacher at Osage Elementary School and member of the Voorhees Twp. Education Association, has received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to complete the initial “Level of Musicianship and Leadership” program through Music For People, in which she will seek to promote a humanistic approach to the way music is taught, performed, and appreciated. The program will allow Wormann to establish a base of improvisational techniques and competencies and learn to facilitate these skills to benefit students and fellow music teachers. The learning will be documented through journals, audio recordings, and collaborations with mentors in the program. 

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

The NEA Foundation has invested more than $8.6 million in grants to support the work of almost 4,000 educators from 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 searchable grantee database.

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