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Summer 2011 Resources

NEA Foundation Grants

Applications for NEA Foundation Grants are due by October 15.

Throughout the year, the NEA Foundation awards close to 200 grants to support educators’ efforts to close achievement gaps, develop creative learning opportunities for students, and enhance their own professional development.

At the NEA Foundation, we support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures.

We have learned that the best teaching methods come from our greatest assets, educators. That is why we have awarded more than $7.5 million to fund 2,500 grants to public school educators to enhance teaching and learning.

There are two primary grant categories open to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants. The next application deadlines are February 1, and June 1.

For more information, visit

CLASS and SOAR Grants for NEA Student Members

Application deadlines: First semester, August 31; Second semester, November 30.

Community Learning Through America’s SchoolS Grant

CLASS projects can make a difference for students. Today’s students are faced with tremendous obstacles to learning and survival. There is a direct correlation between what happens in communities and what happens in schools.

CLASS is really a class act! Your chapter can apply for up to $1,000 to fund your local community outreach efforts.

Student Organizing Assistance Resources Grant

Need help organizing and recruiting new members? SOAR projects are designed to build Association capacity, with a focus on membership recruitment and/or involvement.

Building a strong presence on campus is one of the biggest challenges that NEA Student Program chapters face. NEA provides financial assistance in the form of SOAR (Student Organizing and Assistance Resources) grants to encourage your efforts to recruit new members or organize a student chapter.

For more information on both grants, and to download an application, visit

Teaching Channel

The Teaching Channel website offers a growing library of videos to inspire your teaching. With free registration, you’ll have access to:

These video lessons for K-12 students in English language arts, math, science, and history/social sciences include lesson objectives, questions to consider, homework ideas, and more. The site also provides space for a community of online learners, where teachers can add feedback on the lessons and offer their own ideas and best practices.   

See the Welcome to Teaching Channel! Video at

Health Information Network

Breakfast In The Classroom. You already know that the key to a productive day starts with breakfast. What you may not know is that there are more than 25 million students in our schools who are not getting an appropriate start to the day. The Breakfast in the Classroom Initiative provides nutritionally well-balanced foods like breakfast wraps, yogurt, or fruit served directly in their classroom or grabbed from a cart in the hallway to all students. They eat breakfast while the teacher takes attendance, collects homework, or teaches a short lesson.

In about 10 minutes the meal is over and the school day continues. And, so do the benefits of the breakfast in the classroom. To learn simple ways for bringing Breakfast in the Classroom to your school, visit  

Ordering from NEA HIN. Looking for resources from the NEA Health Information Network and can’t figure out how to order them? Wonder no more, visit us at and find all of publications available for order including popular titles such as the Red Book, the School Crisis Guide, and our latest publication, our Childhood Vaccination Brochure.

Childhood Vaccination. If you haven’t already, now is the time to make sure your children have been properly vaccinated. Do you have questions about vaccinations? Many adults are just like you, looking for reliable information on the importance and safety of vaccinating children. We have a booklet written to help make the topic of childhood vaccination less confusing. You understand the purpose, benefit, and timing of the vaccines that are recommended for children, so that you can make informed choices about your child’s health. Visit

10 Free Things

  1. Donations from Businesses — If you are looking for “real” donations of paper, etc., call your local copy shops or  TV stations. My husband has worked for Kinkos, now Fedex office, for years. His store has to find a non-profit to donate to. My 100 percent Title One school has received three computers, five things of toner, butcher paper, and several cases of different types of paper. Just let them know you’ll take anything. All my kids are used to off-white or random colored paper for tests and newsletters now. —Submitted by Dawn, NEA discussion board
  2. AdLit features classroom strategies for explicit vocabulary instruction, professional development to improve adolescent literacy, student motivation and engagement, cognitive strategies toolkit, and key literacy component: writing. Visit to view video interviews with authors and professional development webcasts.
  3. PlanetQuest educator resources is an award-winning site from NASA, that offers student experiments, activity guides, and many other teaching/learning tools about astronomy, and the earth and beyond. For more information, visit
  4. EXCITE! — Excellence in Curriculum Innovation through Teaching Epidemiology and the Science of Public Health—EXCITE! is a collection of teaching and reference materials developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to introduce and excite youth from kindergarten through 12th grade about the knowledge and skills utilized by public health professionals. The information presented in EXCITE! includes such academic subjects as life sciences, epidemiology, mathematics, social studies, language arts, and health education. Topics applicable to all levels of instruction include elementary statistical concepts, scientific method of inquiry, and outbreak investigation. For more information, vsit
  5. 20 Indoor Movement Activities — Physical activity throughout the school day is necessary for children to reenergize themselves and to be able to maintain focus on their school work.  Many teachers notice fewer behavior problems when children are provided with many opportunities to move.  To help you get your students moving for their health—and yours, visit — Submitted by Kathleen, Carpenter (, NEA discussion board
  6. The Poetry Foundation provides resources for parents and teachers to cultivate in children a lifelong love of poetry. For more information, visit
  7. Engineers, Go For It! has lesson plans by grade level, class activites, outreach programs, and information about path-breaking engineers and educators who are making a difference. And features like “Where an interest in snakes can lead.” Visit
  8. SEN Teacher provides cost-free teaching & learning resources for students with special needs and learning disabilities. Many resources here may also be of use to educators of primary and elementary students. Resources available are free for use in schools, colleges and at home. For more information, visit
  9. The Agriculture in the Classroom Resource Directory is an online searchable database that lists hundreds of educational resources designed to help educators locate high quality classroom materials and information to increase agricultural literacy among their Pre-K through 12th grade students. Visit,
  10. Do Something — Using the power of online to get teens to do good stuff offline.  There are videoes, online projects, polls, event calendars, and other forums designed to get students involved and participating in service projects.  Just  select from the options (What Cause? Who With? Where? How Long?) and hit search. gives you tons of easy ways to do something!

New Tools and Ideas

Great educators are always looking for new ideas—and ready to share them, too! Visit the new Tools & Ideas section on, where you’ll find:

  • Lesson Plans & Activities – Use our custom lesson plan search to explore thousands of lesson plans from across the Web, hand-picked by our search editor. Still need help finding the right lesson? Ask Carolyn, our lesson plan search expert.
  • Classroom Management Tips – Expert advice on organizing and setting up your classroom, character education, discipline, and behavior management. Have a specific problem? Ask Kate, our classroom management expert, and receive a response within 24 hours.
  • Advice & Support – Answers to your toughest problems, from thousands of pros—educators like you.
  • Works4Me – Browse nearly 2,000 practical classroom tips and ideas, written by teachers for teachers and culled from our popular Works4Me e-mail newsletter—subscribe to receive tips weekly.

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The 46th Annual NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards

NEA Human and Civil Rights cordially invites you to submit nominations for the 2012 HCR Awards. All nomination submissions must be postmarked by December 15, 2011.

Every year NEA conducts a Human and Civil Rights Awards dinner to honor individuals and affiliates who stand up and defend human and civil rights. The awards dinner is held in July, prior to the NEA Representative Assembly.

Get involved! Nominate someone or an organization today! We are looking for individuals, including colleagues and groups, and affiliates that have advanced the cause of civil rights.  We honor civil rights heroes because the cause endures, the struggle goes on, and hope still lives!

You are invited to help us:

  • Keep alive the spirit of the American Teachers Association
  • Honor individuals and affiliates for their human and civil rights contributions
  • Celebrate NEA’s multicultural roots
  • Recharge ourselves for the struggle ahead

Nomination forms and instructions for the 2012 awards are available on-line at  

Any questions, call NEA Human and Civil Rights at (202) 822-7709; or email

Take the Pledge

NEA's Bully free: It starts with me.

“I agree to be identified as a caring adult who pledges to help bullied students. I will listen carefully to all students who seek my help and act on their behalf to put an immediate stop to the bullying. I will work with other caring adults to create a safe learning environment for all the students in my school.” Take the pledge today!


Who Are Your Classroom Superheroes

Join our newsletter. To find out how you can support your classroom superheroes and advocate for quality public schools, visit

Priority Schools Campaign

Turning around lower-performing schools is a high priority for the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association. By leading permanent changes in these priority schools, we will transform the lives of tens of thousands of students by significantly raising academic achievement. Visit to read how you can get involved.

Welcoming ELL Parents into your classroom

Yes, you can get parents of English language learners  involved. It just takes the right invitation. Read more at

American Education Week

Great public schools: a basic right and our responsibility. NEA Celebrates the 90th American Education Week:

November 13–19, 2011


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