Educator Professional Development – Oct 15

Posted by NEA Foundation on August 31, 2021

NEA Foundation Invites Applications for Educator Professional Development

Established in 1969, the NEA Foundation serves as a laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools, and districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges.

To that end, the NEA Foundation is inviting applications for its Learning & Leadership grants, which will award either $2,000 or $5,000 in support of professional development for NEA members.

Grants will be awarded to individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research; and groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson-plan development, and mentoring experiences for faculty or staff. Applicants are encouraged to request support for ongoing response efforts to needs that emerged or worsened as a result of the pandemic and for racial equity work. However, the foundation will also consider applications that do not fall into either of these categories.

Applicants must be a current NEA member and a teacher, education support professional, or specialized instructional support personnel. The foundation defines education support professionals (ESPs) as paraeducators; school bus drivers or other transportation staff; custodial and maintenance staff, food services staff, school nurses, health aides and other health and student services staff; clerical staff; security staff; skilled trades staff; and technical services staff. Specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) include school counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, library media specialists, speech pathologists, and others.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the NEA Foundation website.

Deadline: October 15, 2021

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