Walden University Announces 'Educator for a Day' Grants

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					         Walden University Announces ‘Educator for a Day’ Grants

    $5,000 grants to schools highlight need for more educators, benefits of teaching

MINNEAPOLIS—October 7, 2008—On Nov. 20, 2008, The Richard W. Riley College of
Education and Leadership at Walden University will honor schools and educators across the
nation with its campaign in support of the National Education Association (NEA) Educator for a
Day program. Walden will award $5,000 grants to three P–12 schools that host Educator for a
Day events as part of the nationwide celebration of NEA’s American Education Week, observed
Nov. 16–22, 2008.

“In our second year of awarding grants to schools participating in Educator for a Day, we
especially look forward to events that highlight the impact educators make in their classrooms
and communities. Walden, with our rich teacher education legacy, celebrates the valuable
difference educators make in young lives every day,” said Victoria Reid, vice president of the
Riley College of Education and Leadership.

Teachers who want to nominate their schools must complete a nomination form that consists of
short essay questions about their profession, the importance of teachers’ duties, why their school
should receive a Walden Educator for a Day grant and what their school would do with the grant.
Three schools will be selected by a panel familiar with the issues currently facing P–12 teachers
and administrators. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 20, 2008.

Winning schools will officially receive their grants on Nov. 20, 2008. Grants must be used for
educational purposes, such as school supplies or educational activities. In addition, recipient
schools will be required to arrange for at least one aspiring educator to shadow a teacher during
Educator for a Day events.

Walden created the Educator for a Day grant initiative in 2007, and the three winning schools last
year—Times Squared Academy in Providence, R.I.; South Carolina School for the Deaf and the
Blind in Spartanburg, S.C.; and Conerly Road School in Somerset, N.J.—were selected from
more than 150 nominations submitted by faculty and administrators across the country.

Walden’s programs support the needs of educators at all levels, from preschool through higher
education. Walden programs also serve educators at various stages of their profession, including
new and veteran classroom teachers, faculty members and administrators, and career changers
who are interested in teaching in two critical areas of the current teacher shortage: early
childhood education and special education (with a focus on learning disabilities and
emotional/behavioral disorders).

Walden’s Riley College of Education and Leadership is named in honor of Richard W. Riley, the
former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and a leading advocate in advancing
education as a national priority. In January 2008, Walden was ranked for a second time by U.S.
News & World Report as having the nation’s largest online graduate program in education by

To learn more about Walden University’s Educator for a Day grant, please visit
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 bachelor’s programs in business administration, psychology, child
development, and computer information systems.

Walden University is a member of Laureate International Universities, a leading global network of
accredited campus-based and online universities. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North
Central Association, www.ncahlc.org; 1-312-263-0456.

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