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Learning and Leadership Grants (The NEA Foundation)

The NEA Foundation’s Learning and Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and 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, or action research.
• Grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

All professional development must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement. One-shot professional growth experiences, such as attending a national conference or engaging a professional speaker, are discouraged. Decisions regarding the content of the professional growth activities must be based upon an assessment of student work undertaken with colleagues, and must be integrated into the institutional planning process. Grant funds may be used for fees, travel expenses, books, or other materials that enable applicants to learn subject matter, instructional approaches, and skills. Recipients are required to exercise professional leadership by sharing their new learning with their colleagues.

Administrators are not eligible to apply, nor may they act as the partner applicant. Eligible applicants are NEA members who are public school educators in grades prekindergarten through 12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Applications may be submitted at any time, and are reviewed three times annually. Applications must be submitted through the online grant system.

Eligibility: Public, Charter.

Award: Grants of $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups are awarded.

Deadline: Applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15, annually.


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