ESPs learn tricks of the trade in grant-writing workshop

By Jesse Graytock, Grants Manager

Did you know that education support professionals, or ESPs, make up 40% of all public school employees? In other words, they play a key role in students’ success. That’s why, in the coming days, we’ll be featuring blogs related to all things ESPs.

On a pristine 68 degree Sunday morning in San Francisco early last month, when there was any number of reasons to be outside enjoying the glories of the day, a group of committed professionals,

Huffington Post Blog: It's About Time: Promising Efforts to Improve Our Schools With Right Amount of Time

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation



"We all know that the time educators spend in the classroom is just the tip of the iceberg. Grading papers, working with students before and after the bell rings, staff meetings and parent conferences -- these all add to the school day in ways that

NEA Foundation Report: One step toward blowing up back-end accountability

By Michael Fullan
Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto; Member, The NEA Foundation Senior Fellows Advisory Group

Jal Mehta drew a deeply insightful conclusion about the teaching profession in his book, "The Allure of Order," when he observed that policy makers are doing with accountability at the back end what they should have done with capacity building at

Huffington Post Blog: Sense and Sustainability in Education Reform

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation



"It's a question that's daunted educators for decades: Why haven't well-intentioned efforts to improve teaching and learning in our schools had the kind of impact we want and need? It's often called a failure of bringing reform to scale, but in

Huffington Post Blog: Want to Improve Teaching? Listen to Students

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation




“Annie Emerson doesn't have to wonder about what it takes to help her kindergarten students learn how to write or do math. They've told her.

Several times during the year, the Pinewoods Elementary School teacher asks her students two basic

Issue Brief: Students Speak


A cornerstone of today’s education reform movement is the generation, analysis, and use of data to improve instruction and decision-making at all levels— the classroom, school, and district. This Issue Brief focuses on efforts in Lee

Huffington Post Blog: Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows

"Our Schools Need More Strange Bedfellows"


By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


“Getting communities more involved with their public schools can lead to strange bedfellows, like the group of motorcyclists that descended

Issue Brief: Unions, Districts, and Communities to the Table

The NEA Foundation embraces deep and enduring collaboration among the local teachers union and the teachers they represent, the district and community as a core philanthropic strategy. In our funded sites, local collaborative teams plan and

Huffington Post Blog: A Real Recipe for Improving Schools

"A Real Recipe for Improving Schools"


By Harriet Sanford

President & CEO, The NEA Foundation


"To get one idea of how to improve teaching in our nation's schools, drop by the local hospital. Chances are you'll see a group of doctors and medical

Issue Brief: High Performing School Systems

Today, several prescriptions exist for enabling schools and districts to effectively fulfill their missions to systemically improve outcomes for students. Systems thinking helps organizations identify the inter-relationship of the factors that

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