Amoret educator receives $2,000 NEA Foundation Grant

The NEA Foundation funds Orton-Gillingham training project

WASHINGTON, DC - Jeanne Wiley, a special education educator, of Miami R-I School District in Amoret, Missouri, has received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to attend a comprehensive Orton-Gillingham training that will enable her to train and support educators who implement research-based instructional practices. Upon completion of the training, Wiley will share the process with colleagues throughout the district for implementation in general and special education settings. Educators will learn skills related to instruction in areas of decoding and encoding text, which will allow the district to fill a gap in the area of reading instruction and meet the need of a population of learners with visual processing deficits.

Nationwide, the NEA Foundation announced that it is awarding grants to 42 educators across 22 states for a total of $168,000.

"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."

The NEA Foundation awards two levels of grant funding, $2,000 or $5,000, for two categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve academic achievement, and Learning and Leadership Grants for high-quality educational professional development activities.

A team of 20 educators, many former grantees, carefully reviewed all applications and evaluated each one against a set of criteria. Funded educator grants were selected for the quality of the grant proposal ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement.

Over the past decade, the NEA Foundation has invested more than $7.1 million in teaching grants to support the work of almost 4,500 educators from every state in the country to help students succeed. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning and Leadership Grants. To learn about these educators' projects, visit the NEA Foundation's Grantee Archive at Search for grantees and projects by most recent, grade level, subject, state, or keyword.

The NEA Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The next education grant deadline is Feb. 1, 2015. 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.

The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors and others. The NEA Foundation supports student success by helping public school educators work with key partners to build strong systems of shared responsibility. Visit for more information.

Posted Date: 12/9/2014
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