Camden, NJ -- A teacher at Camden’s Promise Charter School has been awarded a $500 classroom grant by the Association of American Educators Foundation (AAEF) for the purchase of organizational tools for her students.

Jessica Caraballo was selected by a national grant committee that awards a select number of recipients around the country to receive the scholarships. 

Caraballo intends to utilize the funding for enhanced organizational tools to assist with increased comprehension and understanding with her special education students in an inclusion classroom setting.

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In her application for a grant, Caraballo said she has found that a variety of colored markers have helped her students annotate effectively within a colored system resulting in higher retention and better test scores. 

Other materials in her proposal were requested to increase and improve parent communication, which is also key to a smooth and effective school year.

“Everyone can relate that organization is key to a successful school year,” Caraballo noted in her grant proposal.

AAEF is committed to offering individual educators various avenues for improving effectiveness in the classroom, said Melissa Pratt, the senior professional programs manager of the Association of American Educators, the largest, non-union, professional educator organization in the nation. 

The AAEF is the charitable arm of the AAE, which has members in all 50 states and provides teachers and leaders with opportunities, information, and funds to reform and improve the education of America’s youth. 

“AAE commends the dedication that Ms. Caraballo has demonstrated in securing funding for materials that will improve outcomes for her students and facilitate parental communication,” Pratt said. “Our scholarships and grants are an investment in empowering teachers as professionals and supporting students in all educational communities nationwide.