WASHINGTON, DC Ruston Roberts of Morgan Elementary School has received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to lead the Morgan Elementary School faculty in a study of How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students by Susan Brookhart. Collaborative teams will review the text, the research, and student and classroom data over the course of the year to support implementation of the principles of effective feedback. The study and implementation will be supported by text, DVD training, and coaching. The NEA Foundation awards two primary categories of grants to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants for initiatives to improve the academic achievement, and Learning & Leadership Grants for high-quality professional development activities. Nationwide, the NEA Foundation has awarded 50 grants totaling $211,000 to support educators’ efforts to improve teaching and learning. Since 1999, the NEA Foundation has funded 20 grants for Utah educators. 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 based on the quality of the proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. The latest grants were awarded to educators in 33 different states. With these grants we are helping educators to improve their practice so students can increase their academic achievement and develop 21st century skills, said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. Through these grants students and educators will engage in a wide variety of innovative work. The NEA Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants like these over the past decade to educators in every state in the country. Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 150 Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants. The Foundation awards its grants to educators three times a year. Deadlines for the next review periods are June 1, 2011 and Oct. 15, 2011. Descriptions of current and past recipients, online application forms, and an instructional video can be found at neafoundation.org.