MEA-MFT members in Billings receive $2,000 NEA Foundation grant



The NEA Foundation funds tablet technology project
MEA-MFT members Clay Herron and Clint Mainwaring, teachers at Central Heights Elementary School in Billings, have received a $2,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to introduce tablet technology in their classrooms.


The grant will help these members bolster thier school's web-based Lead21 reading and math interventions. Students will have greater access to hands-on programs directly correlated with lessons. The use of tablets will increase educators' ability to enhance small group learning, meet individual learning styles, and assist students in becoming technologically proficient.


The NEA Foundation awards two levels of 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 professional development activities.

The NEA Foundation has invested more than $8.6 million in grants to support the work of almost 4,000 educators from every state to help students succeed.


Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants. To learn about these educators’ projects, visit our newly redesigned Grantee Archive, where you can search for grantees and projects by most recent, grade level, subject, state, or keyword.


Is there a grant in YOUR future? 

Clay Herron and Clint Mainwaring are two of many Montana educators who have received NEA Foundation grants. You could be next!


The NEA Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. The next grant deadline is October 15, 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. 


About the NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors, and others who support public education initiatives. We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning. Visit for more information.


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