Learning Community Charter School Educator Awarded Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant   

Samantha Vargas

Samantha Vargas, an English-language educator at the Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City, has been awarded a grant by the Association of American Educators Foundation (AAEF). The grant will be used to purchase culturally representative young adult literature for independent reading.

“I am trying to foster an environment of reading that creates lifelong readers,” noted Ms. Vargas in her application. “This will be especially helpful for my lower-level readers and for students with low engagement.”

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AAEF supports the nation’s educators and their vision for better serving their students and their educational community. This competitive program invites all educators to submit their concepts, projects, and activities that will expand learning opportunities for their students.

“Ms. Vargas’s submission impressed our judges for her ultimate goal to cultivate a reading community for her students,” said AAE Senior Professional Programs Manager Melissa Pratt. “The national scholarship and grant program is one of the most important ways we encourage and spotlight professional excellence today and invest in a brighter educational future for all learners.”

The AAE Foundation National Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grant Program is open to all educators. Applications for a newly added cycle of COVID-19 Relief Scholarships and Grants for educators affected by pandemic-related school closures are now being accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis through May 15, 2020. Application and information are at aaeteachers.org/cvgrant.

The Association of American Educators Foundation (AAEF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides teachers and leaders with opportunities, information, and funds to reform and improve the education of America’s youth.

AAEF was established to support the activities and mission of the Association of American Educators (AAE)—the largest national, non-union, professional educator organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to educator empowerment and advocacy—promoting professionalism, collaboration, and excellence without a partisan agenda.

AAE is committed to a teaching profession that is student oriented, well respected, and personally fulfilling. AAE serves members in all fifty states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $16.50 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional resources, and many other benefits. Visit aaeteachers.org for more information.