Professional Learning Funding

Deadline is May 1 for NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants for Individual, Group PD Activities

School Support Staff and Specialized Instructional Support Staff Encouraged to Apply

The NEA Foundation’s Learning & Leadership Grants program is accepting applications through May 1 for the summer 2022 funding period.

The program funds “high-quality professional development such as summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research” for individual teachers and “collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff” for group applicants.

Awards vary from $1,500 to $5,000 and must be used within 12 months.

Eligible to apply are K–12 public school teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel; applicants must be current NEA members. NEA Foundation defines “education support professionals” as: para-educators, 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 is defined as professionals such as school counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, library media specialists, speech pathologists and others.

Recipients will be notified on or before July 1, 2022.

Learn more and apply at NEA Foundation’s educator grants website.

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