Three WEAC members receive NEA Foundation grants

Three WEAC members have received Student Achievement/Learning and Leadership grants from the NEA Foundation. They are:

Roger King, Holmen High School, a $5,000 Learning & Leadership Grant. Educators at Holmen High School will learn how to instruct farm-to-school techniques in a number of settings. Educators will become familiar with greenhouse labs, outdoor gardens, and offsite farms, which they will use to provide students context for math and science concepts through the observation of food production. The project will create a learning environment that fosters the development of meaningful collaboration and problem-solving as students produce food for the school lunch program.

Janet Key, Lowell Elementary School, Milwaukee, a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant. Key will attend the International Baccalaureate’s workshop “Science Discoveries: Exciting Ways to Weave Science into the Program of Inquiry,” where she will learn how to integrate modern technology and the latest scientific discoveries into her inquiry-based science program. Upon returning to her classroom, she will use strategies learned to immerse her students in the dynamic process of inquiry. The work will allow 21st Century learners to develop the attitudes and skills they need to explore the world around them and to solve new problems as they evolve.

Traci Kramer, Princeton School District, $5,000 Student Achievement Grant. Kramer and Mrs. Berndt will create a maker space studio that will act as a creative space that promotes innovation, learning, community engagement, and workforce development. Students and educators will use the space to teach, mentor, and inspire the next generation of creators and innovators. Students will hone their critical thinking and problem solving skills through inquiry, project-based learning, and self-reflection by using the studio alongside professionals in the community.

The NEA Foundation, a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students, announced that it is awarding 72 grants to public school educators across 31 states for a total of $261,000.

A team of 15 educators, many former grantees, carefully reviewed hundreds of 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 educator leadership and student achievement.

Since 2012, the NEA Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million in grants reaching more than 35,000 educators and 512,000 students in 49 states. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 120 Student Achievement and Learning and Leadership Grants.

The NEA Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year: June 1, October 15, and February 1. Application forms and 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 founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. Since its beginning in 1969, the Foundation has served as a laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools, and districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges. The Foundation believes that when educators unleash their own power, ideas, and voices, communities, schools, and students all benefit. Visit for more information.