Laingsburg teacher receives $2,000 grant from NEA Foundation for ‘Login to Learning’ program

Jennifer Strickland

Jennifer Strickland, a ninth grade language arts teacher at Laingsburg High School and her co-applicant have received a $2,000 “Student Achievement Grant” from the NEA Foundation to create a paperless classroom.

Through her “Login to Learning” program, Strickland’s students will be able to submit writing assignments via Google Docs, peer groups will the writings and teachers will evaluate assignments online. The emphasis on technology will allow Strickland and her colleagues to make class assignments more interactive and allow students to take charge of their learning.

This isn’t the first national award for Strickland — in 2006, her classroom was named by Microsoft as one of the top 25 in the nation for innovative uses of technology.

Nationwide, the NEA Foundation recently awarded 55 grants totaling $176,000 to support educators’ efforts to improve teaching and learning in 28 states.

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 for the quality of the proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement.

Eighteen grantees plan to conduct interdisciplinary projects. The remaining grantees will address nine different subject areas, reaching a total of nearly 21,000 students and more than 1,600 educators at schools where the average free or reduced lunch rate is 48 percent.

“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.” 

In total, the NEA Foundation has invested more than $8.6 million in grants to support the work of almost 4,000 educators from every state in the country to help students succeed. Each year, the foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants.

To learn about these educators’ projects, visit the NEA Foundation’s grantee archive, where visitors can 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 grant deadline is June 1, 2013. 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’s website.