Mass. educators receive $5,000 NEA grants

Educators in Cohasset and Douglas have been chosen as recipients of $5,000 NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants.

Librarian Susan Nichols and sixth-grade math teacher Jessica Findlay of Douglas Elementary Middle School received a grant to prepare educators for an iPad implementation program in elementary and middle schools in their district. Nichols said she was “thrilled to receive the award,” which covers the cost of training all of the teachers and support professionals on iPads.

Cohasset High School social studies teacher John Buckley and science teacher Dr. Ann Thomae were awarded a grant to expand coastal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects. They will use their grant to introduce a “Certificate of Environmental Stewardship” program at the high school. The nationwide program, developed in collaboration with educators, scientists, engineers and state and federal agency liaisons, will empower teachers to equip their students with the skills they need to protect fragile coastal ecosystems.

The grants were awarded by a team of 20 educators, many of whom are former grantees, against a set of criteria, including the quality of the proposed ideas and the potential for enhancing student learning and achievement.

Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation, said the grants enable “educator-driven solutions that contribute to improved student performance in public schools” and inspire “innovative approaches to the benefit of students.”

Each year, the NEA Foundation awards about 150 Student Achievement and Learning and Leadership grants. Grants are announced three times a year. Deadlines are February 1, June 1 and October 15 each year.

Application forms and a video with step-by-step instructions on how to apply can be found in the Grants to Educators section of the NEA Foundation website.