Falmouth Educators Receive $5,000 Grant

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Celeste Cruse and Krista Hennessy of the Lawrence School in Falmouth have received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to use Kindles and eBooks to improve their students’ reading skills and proficiency with technology.

“With these grants we are helping educators to improve their practice so students can increase their academic achievement and develop 21st century skills,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “With our support, students and educators will engage in a wide variety of innovative work.” 

The NEA Foundation awards two primary categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve the academic achievement, and Learning & Leadership Grants for high-quality professional development activities. Nationwide, the NEA Foundation announced that it is awarding 46 grants totaling $200,000 to support educators’ efforts to improve teaching and learning.

Since 1999, the NEA Foundation has funded grants for 56 educators in Massachusetts. For more information about these educators’ projects, visit our searchable grantee database.

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 based on the quality of the proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. The latest grants were awarded to educators in 31 different states. 

The NEA Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants like these over the past decade to educators in every state in the country. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants. 

The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. Descriptions of current and past recipients, online application forms, and an instructional video can be found at neafoundation.org.