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Las Vegas Educator Receives $2,000 Grant

Las Vegas Educators Receive $2,000 Grant
The NEA Foundation Funds “Summer STEM Academy for Girls”
WASHINGTON, DC (August 19, 2014) — Guy Wadas, a sixth through eighth grade science educator, and co-applicant, Anna Radef, of James Cashman Middle School in Las Vegas, NV, have received a $2,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to introduce the “Summer STEM Academy for Girls.” Wadas aims to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and boost the enrollment of highly qualified girls in accelerated science classes. To do so, students will participate in project-based learning through the use of three dimensional modeling as they understand aerospace, automation, and robotics fundamentals.  Additionally, students will construct electronic circuits and solar cars as they investigate alternative forms of energy.

“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 grants to 51 educators across 28 states for a total of $177,000.

The NEA Foundation awards two levels of grant funding, $2,000 or $5,000, for 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 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. 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 October 15, 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 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.




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