RECOGNITION OF TEACHERS WHO HAVE INSPIRED STUDENT SUCCESS
Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program, sponsored by Voya Financial, provides grants to K–12 educators using new methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year 100 educators are selected to receive a grant to help fund their innovative class projects. The top three projects are chosen to receive additional funding. All awards must be used to further projects within the school or school system. Applicants must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning, and must work in an accredited K–12 public or private school located in the US. Each of the 100 finalists will receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. The first-place winner will receive a bonus of $25,000; second-place, a bonus of $10,000; and third-place, a bonus of $5,000.
International Women’s Day has provided us with an excellent opportunity to highlight organizations that promote education for women. There are many groups that strive to provide girls and women around the world with important resources, which they may not otherwise have access to. Here is a list of five organizations helping women in their educational pursuits.
By the time students reach high school, they have fully embraced a particular idea of themselves as a learner. I frequently hear students say things like “I’m not good at math,” “reading is too hard,” or “I don’t do well on tests.” These comments are made by bright young people who are too young to give up. What I know for certain is that they want and need a teacher to tell them they are wrong.