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Walden U Offers $5,000 'Educator for a Day' Grants

Walden University's Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is offering five $5,000 grants for schools that are willing to host "Educator for a Day" events during American Education Week in November.

During these events, members of the community participate in preK-12 classes as guest educators "to help perform the daily duties of America's educators under the supervision of a teacher."

The grants will be awarded based on responses to short (200-word) essay questions, with an emphasis on "the nominator's demonstrated passion for and knowledge of teaching as well as the impact the grant would have on the school's ability to create a better place for students to learn and for teachers to work."

According to Walden, the funds can be used to purchase technology or classroom supplies, fund educational activities, or otherwise enhance classroom instruction. The grants are available to both public and private schools within the United States or its territories.

"Since 2007, thousands of students, teachers and administrators across the country have benefited from Walden's Educator for a Day grants," said said Kate Steffens, dean of Walden's Riley College of Education, in a prepared statement. "In addition, aspiring educators, community members and local leaders have a special opportunity to experience for themselves the extraordinary impact teachers have in our classrooms each and every day."

Nominations are due Oct. 14. Winners will be notified Oct. 30. The Educator for a Day event will be held Nov. 21.

Complete details and an entry form can be found on Walden U's 2013 Educator for a Day site.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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