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When teachers' unions are peevish, it's a lot of hot air.--Susan Ohanian

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News Item: Gates Foundation Awards $550,000 to NEA to Aid Collaboration

collaborate: to cooperate, usually willingly, with an enemy nation, especially with an enemy occupying one's country--Dictionary.com

On the NEA Foundation partnership page they offer this explanation of the importance of their Knowledge Partners.

Our knowledge partners provide insight into and support for some of the most challenging and complex issues facing public education. Through their engagement with the Foundation, these partners have access to our research, knowledge, and experience in such issues as closing the achievement gaps, teacher innovation, and grantmaking in public education.

Here is the first Knowledge Partner listed: Pearson Foundation:


The Pearson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pearson PLC, one of the world's leading media and education companies. The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson's commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. It has served as a critical partner to the NEA Foundation in moving forward 21st Century learning skills development in several NEA schools and communities through joint funding of Digital Arts Alliance projects (student scripted and produced videos).

NEA offers "a profile of this successful partnership":

Foundation Partners with the NEA Foundation to help students develop 21st Century Skills

Through a robust and growing partnership with the NEA Foundation, the Pearson Foundation has enriched curricula, teaching capacity, and academic and social experiences of thousands of students and teachers across the country.

Through the Pearson Foundation's Digital Arts Alliance (DAA) initiative, powerful student-scripted and produced videos tell the stories of students̢۪ lives as well as stories of their schools and of the communities in which they live. The NEA Foundation̢۪s partnership with the Pearson Foundation is the perfect mechanism for not only helping students develop 21st Century skills through technology and video production, but to bring to life students' voices. . .
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