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The NEA Foundation's Innovation Grants provide an opportunity for teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty to develop and implement innovations that significantly improve student learning. Eligible applicants may submit a proposal at any time.

Having a healthy and nutritious school meal is the right of every student. ESPs are on the frontline in helping to address this issue that is threatening the life expectancy of our nation's youth. Various grants are available to aid you in this journey of change. 

View our Nutrition Grants highlights for links to various grant opportunities.  

Professional Development

NEA ESP Conference
This conference is designed to provide participants with professional development opportunities that elevate the careers of educations support professionals by providing them with the tools they need to: build skills specific to their careers, build strong internal and external relationships, build stronger locals, organize members, and enhance NEA ESP members' ability to positively influence student achievement.

Visit the NEA ESP Conference page for information on our upcoming conference.

The NEA Academy provides practical online courses to meet professional development and continuing education needs of all NEA members. It is the guide for your professional development journey.

Visit the NEA Academy site to learn how to get started. 

Online Resources

External Professional Development Opportunities
One of the NEA ESP Quality Departmental goals is to provide NEA's ESP members with resources that assist them in elevating their careers. In support of these efforts and our members, we have compiled a list of external professional development resources specific to all of our ESP categories.  

Take time to review these resources and begin enhancing your ESP career journey today!

Imagine A Day Without Education Support Professionals
See for yourself how important every support profesional is to the daily lives of our students and schools. This poignant YouTube video, A Day without ESP, illustrates the value of our work and how school support employees help ensure the education of the whole student. Video credits go to Indiana member Mary Neylon.

ESP E-mail List
The ESP List is an E-mail discussion list (a "listserv") open to all NEA members and staff. List members use the list to talk about issues that concern education support professionals within the NEA, such as contracting out, bargaining problems, training needs, and questions about how improve and strengthen the Association.

Legislative Action Center
NEA's Legislative Action Center (LAC) provides you with the latest information on pending legislation and NEA priorities, as well as the tools to connect with your elected representatives. Use the LAC to send e-mail messages to your congressional delegation and state legislators. Don't miss your chance to speak out for children and public education. 

NEA ESP Publications

The NEA ESP Quality Department offers a variety of publications designed to support and enhance ESP careers. For more information regarding the publications we offer view our complete publication list. Inquiries on any of our publications can be sent via e-mail,, or call 202-822-7131.

PDF versions of some of our most popular publications can be found on our publications page.