NEA Member Benefits
Visit NEA Member Benefits website to view all of the special offers and programs available to our members.
The Great Public Schools Network has launched! It is NEA’s online professional network and resource tool that connects members and the community together to promote student success and improve public education.
I’d like to invite you to join the GPS Network at www.gpsnetwork.org
California Casualty is a 99-year-old policyholder-owned company headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with service centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas. Learn more about its auto and home insurance for firefighters, peace officers, educators and nurses at http://www.calcas.com.
$100,000 Available for High School Athletics Through
California Casualty’s Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Program
California Casualty’s Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program will receive requests for grants from its $100,000 pool of funding September 15, 2013 through January 15, 2014. Grant applications received after January 15th will be considered the following year. Guidelines and application forms can be found at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com.
Shrinking state education budgets, pressure on schools to focus efforts on academics, and diminishing funds for athletics inspired California Casualty CEO, Beau Brown, to establish the grant program in honor of his father – Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, a lifelong athlete and sportsman.
“Youth sports teach teamwork, discipline and that hard work pays off,” Tom Brown said. “They’re a valuable complement to lessons learned in school.”
The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program began three years ago, with $25,000 in grants across four states. In 2012, 275 applications for assistance poured in from across the nation. Fifty-nine selected programs received grants totaling $75,000. Over 450 grant applications were received in 2013. Eighty-five public high schools in 38 states received $101,500 in assistance.
Applicants must be an active employee of the public high school for which funding is sought and a current member (or referred by a member) of the state affiliate of the National Education Association. Complete details can be found at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com.
Award notifications will be made by May 30, 2014.
A trusted partner of the Wyoming Education Association since 1987, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance for educators, peace officers, firefighters and nurses.
To learn more about the WEA/NEA® Auto and Home Insurance Program provided by California Casualty, please visit www.calcas.com/wea or call 1.800.800.9410.
Staples Reward A+ Classroom Program
Big news! Starting July 1st Staples will launch its new Reward A+ Classroom program where parents can direct Staples Rewards value to a designated educator both during back-to-school and throughout the upcoming School Year. For members to participate they need to: (1) Belong to Staples Teacher Rewards (many of you already belong and if not, it is free and easy to join); (2) Visit staples.com/rewardaclassroom and “opt in” for the program (good henceforth year-after-year); and, (3) Tell parents and friends to link to their account. Print the Flyer
Summer is just beginning and we want to give you a heads-up on some back-to-school specials for your members. SmileMakers, in partnership with NEA Member Benefits, has a great summer back-to-school special for state affiliate members through September 7th, 2013. Use the code NEAMB at checkout and receive up to 50% off on selected items, plus free shipping with your order of $25 or more. Visit www.smilemakers.com to order. Print the Poster
Epson Invites Educators to Share Their Stories
Educators Invited to Provide the Top Five Benefits for Using Document Cameras in the Classroom for a Chance to Win One of Four Epson DC-20 Cameras
Global Exploration for Educators Organization
(GEEO)is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers.
Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are 8 to 24 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.