January 2014

Lebanon and East Hampton teachers receive NEA Foundation Grants

Learn how you can apply for funds to support education in Connecticut

Connecticut teachers Katherine Tietjen, Kevin Brodie, and Liza Escott are the proud recipients of several NEA Foundation grants to support their efforts to improve teaching and learning.

Tietjen, a language arts teacher at East Hampton Middle School, received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to improve reading and writing workshops. Tietjen will participate in an internship at Nancie Atwell's Center for Teaching and Learning, where she will learn to structure a workshop-based curriculum, conduct effective individual conferences with students, and collect and analyze meaningful data on student progress. Upon returning to school, she will introduce professional development trainings and collaborate with her colleagues to implement improved reading and writing workshops.

Kevin Brodie, a social studies educator, and co-applicant Liza Escott, of Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to lead "What Makes You Tick?" a project to help students connect self-perception to the way they view other people.

"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 funding enables educators to engage in a wide variety of innovative approaches to the benefit of students across the country."

To learn about these educators' projects, visit our Grantee Archive, where you can search for grantees and projects by most recent, grade level, subject, state, or keyword. Visit our Featured Grantees page to watch videos and read short profiles about NEA Foundation grantees and their successful grant work.

The NEA Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The next grant deadline is February 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 our website.

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