Walden University Supports National 'Educator for a Day' With Grants for Teachers

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Walden awards $5,000 in grants to K-12 schools.

This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the work of our nation's teachers and invigorate the interest of those who want to be teachers

Walden University, an accredited online higher learning institution, will recognize educators across the nation with a campaign supporting the National Education Association's (NEA) Educator for a Day program. Walden will join K-12 schools nationwide in hosting Educator for a Day events as part of the NEA's American Education Week, from Nov. 11-17, 2007. A judging panel will award a $5,000 grant to three schools on Nov. 15 as part of the celebration.

Walden created the campaign to honor the teaching profession and to reward teachers and their students for their commitment to education. The program's goal is to foster awareness of the need for more teachers and of the benefits of the teaching profession.

"This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the work of our nation's teachers and invigorate the interest of those who want to be teachers," said Dr. Susan Saxton, acting dean of Walden University's College of Education. "Walden has a rich teacher education legacy, and we are committed to helping identify and prepare prospective teachers for a successful career through our teacher preparation programs. With more than 15,000 alumni and more than 14,000 currently enrolled, Walden University has the largest fully online College of Education in the nation."

Participating teachers must fill out a nomination form with short essay questions about their profession, including the importance of understanding the duties of a teacher, why their school should receive a Walden Educator for a Day Grant and what their school would do with their grant if selected. Recipient schools will be selected after the Oct. 22 nomination deadline by a panel familiar with the issues currently facing K-12 teachers and administrators.

Recipient schools will be officially presented with the grants on Nov. 15. Grants must be used for educational purposes of the recipient school's choosing, including purchasing school supplies or taking part in an educational activity. Recipient schools also will be required to host at least one aspiring educator who will shadow a teacher for the day.

To learn more about Walden University's Educator for a Day Grant, visit http://www.WaldenU.edu/educatorforaday .

About Walden University:
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master's and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master's programs in engineering and IT and a bachelor's completion program in business. Walden University is a member of the Laureate International Universities network, the largest global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. For more information, visit http://www.WaldenU.edu

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, http://www.ncahlc.org ; 312-263-0456.

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