National Education Association: Learning and Leadership Grants
The NEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Education Association, is a public charity supported by contributions from educators’ dues, corporate sponsors, and others. The foundation supports student success by helping public school educators work with key partners to build strong systems of shared responsibility.
Learning and Leadership grants support the professional development of public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes:
- Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research
- Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff
Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global competence in their projects.
Amount: Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Typically 120 grants are awarded annually.
Eligibility: Applications are accepted from educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Applications are especially encouraged from education support professionals, such as para-educators, school bus drivers, maintenance and custodial staff, food services staff, school nurses and student services workers, clerical and office assistants, school security officers, and technicians. Applicants must be current members of the National Education Association. For information on how to become a member see: https://ims.nea.org/JoinNea/
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