Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


Don't Leave Money on the Table!

Association members are eligible for thousands in grants!

Teachers are constantly dipping into their own pockets to fund classroom projects that  fall outside of the school budget, but there are other ways to get these projects funded. NEA, TEA and our partner organizations offer a number of grant opportunities exclusively to association members. 

“I applied for an athletics grant way back when, just to take a stab at it, and we actually received it to help with our boys’ and girls’ track team,” said coach Kyle Kuusisto at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy in Memphis. 

The $1,000 Thomas R. Brown Athletics grant, made possible through TEA and NEA partner California Casualty Insurance Co., is one of many grants available to TEA members. 

“I will continue to apply for grants every year because it’s a great way to support what we do in and out of the classroom. No other organization offers this kind of service and support to teachers,” Kuusisto said. 

The NEA Foundation recently announced another Tennessee educator has been awarded a California Casualty grant. Corderyl Martin, a music educator in Columbia, Tenn., is the recipient of the California Casualty’s 2018 grant.

Global Learning Fellowship

“I was stunned and excited to learn that I won the Global Learning Fellowship grant from NEA,” said Deborah Bohn, English teacher at Summit High School in Spring Hill. “I look forward to sharing my experience as a fellow in this program and encourage everyone to apply.”

Created to help educators close the achievement gap in the global age, the NEA Global Learning Fellowship invites educators from all over the country to study best education practices on an international study during the summer. 

“Educators are the key to giving students the skills to thrive in an interconnected world,” said TEA President Barbara Gray. “The NEA Foundation created the Global Learning Fellowship to provide professional development in teaching global competencies and to support educators as they integrate these skills into classroom instruction.”

Applications for the 2019 Global Learning Fellowship will launch in fall 2017. Active NEA members who are current K-12 classroom teachers are eligible. 

Learning & Leadership Grants

The Learning and Leadership grant provides $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Grants are issued to public school teachers, support professionals and higher-ed faculty and staff to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences or action research. 

Grants to groups are offered to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development or mentoring experiences for faculty and staff. Applications are due October 15, February 1 and June 1 and must included partner information for group grant applications. 

Student Achievement Grants 

Designed to improve academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in all subject areas, $2,000 and $5,000 grants should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning and critical reflection. Applications are due Oct. 15, Feb. 1 and June 1. 

Learn more at nea.org/grants and neafoundation.org

Pictured above: TEA member Kyle Kuusisto (left) receives grant from California Casualty Insurance and TEA President Barbara Gray.

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