Minneapolis—September 19, 2007—On Nov. 15, 2007, Walden University, an accredited online institution, will recognize educators across the nation with its campaign in support of the National Education Association’s (NEA) Educator for a Day program. Walden created the initiative 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. Walden University will join K–12 schools nationwide in hosting Educator for a Day events as part of the NEA’s American Education Week, November 11–17, 2007. A judging panel will award a $5,000 grant to three schools as part of the celebration.

“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 nomination form of short essay questions about their profession, including the importance of knowing 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. 15 nomination deadline by a panel familiar with the issues currently facing K–12 teachers and administrators.

Recipient schools will be officially presented with grants on Nov. 15, 2007. Grants must be used for educational purposes of the recipient school’s choosing, including school supplies or an educational activity. In addition, recipient schools will be required to host at least one aspiring educator who will shadow a teacher during this day.

To learn more about Walden University’s Educator for a Day Grant, please visit Educator for a Day Grants.

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 completion programs 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 www.WaldenU.edu.

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

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