Educators Receive California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence


California Casualty is proud to join the NEA Foundation in congratulating the 42 recipients of one of public education's most prestigious awards: the 2016 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence.

San Mateo, CA, June 29, 2015 … The NEA Foundation recently announced the 2016 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence recipients.

The 42 awardees are highly accomplished professionals: master teachers, mentors, certified by their states, and the recipients of numerous other awards for their professional practice and expertise. In addition, most hold advanced degrees, many are state Teachers of the Year, and some are certified by the National Board for Professional Standards. 

Unique to these awards, each educator will be invited to participate in the Global Learning Fellowship, an extensive, year-long professional development opportunity to cultivate global competence skills educators use to improve their practice and to prepare their students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Fellows contribute to the advancement of the profession by creating global lesson plans that are shared with educators on open source platforms.

Awardees will be recognized at the annual NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, to be held in Washington, DC on February 12, 2016. The gala attracts more than 850 of the nation's leaders from public education, philanthropy, and the private sector.

"We honor these outstanding educators, who truly deserve our recognition and thanks, and we empower them to transform the profession by driving innovation that leads to positive student outcomes," said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. "As Global Learning Fellows, our awardees receive high caliber professional development opportunities that benefit their students, colleagues, and the field. We are thrilled that California Casualty has joined us again this year to pay tribute to these educators."

"Educating our youth is so critically important. California Casualty is proud to partner with the NEA Foundation to pause and celebrate excellence in teaching," said Beau Brown, Chairman and CEO of California Casualty.

The educators were nominated by their National Education Association state affiliate. Each educator's school will receive a $650 award.

The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards. Find more information about the awards and photos of the awardees.


The NEA Foundation is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors, and others who support public education initiatives. We partner with education unions, districts, and communities to create powerful, sustainable improvements in teaching and learning. Visit for more information.


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