NEA Learning & Leadership Grant Winner


It is with great pleasure that the NEA Foundation's Board of Directors announce the approval of 39 new grants.  These grants include 13 Student Achievement Grants for collaborative efforts to develop projects that lead to academic achievement for students and 26 Learning & Leadership Grants, which support efforts to engage in high-quality professional development to improve student  success.  Grant applications for these programs were carefully evaluated by select panels of peers, who considered the quality of the proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing  student achievement.

One of these outstanding proposals is from South Dakota! 

$2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant Winner

Mrs. Amanda Ringling 
Brandon Valley Middle School
Brandon, SouthDakota

Mrs. Ringling will travel to Iceland to participate in the GeoCamp Iceland Teacher Institute: "Exploring Iceland's Changing Landscapes and Diverse Environments." During the institute, Mrs. Ringling will participate in geographic inquiry and field methods courses where she will learn about global environmental change and its impact on the people of Iceland. Mrs. Ringling will produce classroom resources and lessons for her students as well as the GeoCamp database and organizations including the National Conference on Geography Education.

Descriptions of each grant appear on the NEA Foundation's website,