The National Education Association Awards CREATE Grant to NCWC

Grant to Benefit College’s Teacher Education Program

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA –  North Carolina Wesleyan University recently received a CREATE grant from the National Education Association (NEA) Center for Great Public Schools Aspiring Educators Program. The $2,000 grant is to benefit the Students Helping Students Afterschool Program for Social Justice.

Dr. Patricia Brewer, NCWC’s Professor and Coordinator of Special Education

Led by Dr. Patricia Brewer, NCWC’s Professor and Coordinator of Special Education, Students Helping Students is a service learning project within the College’s Teacher Education program. The initiative provides afterschool services to K-12 children with learning differences in Nash-Rocky Mount Schools. The program has received statewide recognition and is designed for education students to provide individualized instruction in math and reading. Additionally, the program provides parent advocacy training. Dr. Patricia Brewer facilitates this part of the program for parents of participating K-12 children.

“We are so excited about this grant,” stated Dr. Brewer. “Pre-service education students become strong, confident and intentional in educational practices with diverse learners and parents. They consistently support high expectations that result in growth and positive outcomes.”

Students Helping Students Afterschool Program for Social Justice fosters connections and investigations for critical inquiry of exceptional students’ needs in the classroom. This Social Justice grant will allow NC Wesleyan’s pre-service education students to become reflective practitioners beyond the boundaries of the school. Through the grant, pre-service students will increase their passion and impact the lives of K-12 students using a pedagogy of culturally responsive practices and differentiated strategies.

The National Education Association (NEA) offers mini-grants to teacher education programs for teacher quality, community engagement, social justice and political advocacy. The NEA is the nation’s largest professional employee organization and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s three million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. The association has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

3 thoughts on “The National Education Association Awards CREATE Grant to NCWC

  1. A brilliant and caring teacher, mentor, and person! She put so much effort into her students and her program! She is an inspiration to students and parents! Teaching us how to love what we do and how to do it! She give us hope for our future and for teachers! She build advocates through the tutoring program with Wesleyan student, tutoring students, and parents! Love you Dr. Brewer!

  2. Dr. Brewer is a remarkable woman. She gives complete devotion and mastery in all that she does. She is very passionate about her work and expects the best from her students, colleagues,and most of all herself. She is always energetic, fun and enthusiastic. Her love for education, excellence, perseverance, and endurance is very contagious. Congratulations for a job well done Dr.Brewer.

  3. I have sat under the teachings and leadership of Dr. Brewer and she has a gift of pulling out of an individual what they did not see within themselves. She works from a heart of compassion and knowledge while maintaining a standard of excellence. Well deserved of recognition.

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