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Branford Educator Receives $2,000 Grant

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WASHINGTON, DC (November 27, 2012) — Dr. Belinha De Abreu, a media literacy educator of Walsh Intermediate School in Branford, Connecticut has received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to research the importance and value of Kindles, iPads, and cell phones within the different content area curriculums. Dr. De Abreu will gain instructional knowledge on the mobile applications which can be interfaced into the media literacy and technology program offered at Walsh Intermediate School. This research will evaluate how mobile tools and applications can be used in various ways to assist the diverse learners encountered in the everyday classroom.

"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 49 grants totaling $197,000 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 and Leadership Grants for high-quality professional development activities. Of these, one is an NEA Foundation-EarthEcho Water Planet Challenge Grants, which support service-learning programs that improve the health of our water planet.

A team of 20 educators, many of whom are former grantees, carefully reviewed all applications and evaluated each one against a set of criteria. Funded grants were selected for the quality of the proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. The latest grants were awarded to educators in 26 different states.

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 our searchable grantee database.

The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The next grant deadline is February 1, 2013. Application forms and a video with step by step instructions on how to apply can be found at neafoundation.org.

About the NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors, and others who support public education initiatives. We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning. Visit www.neafoundation.org for more information.

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