Tech grants for ESPS.
Has your local Association applied for an ESP Technology Grant yet? Well, time's running out to make the April 15 deadline. NEA offers technology grants in the amounts of $250 to $3,500 to local education support professional Associations. These ESP Technology grants provide an opportunity for ESP locals to involve members in the application of technology in projects that could help their locals, schools, and/or communities.
The application process is open to all NEA local Associations that have not been awarded an ESP Technology Grant in the past three years. (Individuals are ineligible for awards).
Grants are awarded, in part, based on the integration of the ESPIS--the ESP Information System created to provide ESP members and staff immediate and widespread opportunities to share data and information throughout all levels of the organization. The ESPIS includes, for example, the ESP Web site, the ESP Listserv, the ESP Data Book, and a variety of publications. Other considerations when awarding grants include the level of involvement of ESP members and the merits of the proposed goals and projected outcomes. The proposed project's contribution to achieving the NEA Strategic Focus of restoring public confidence in public education and the completeness of the application form are also important factors.
ESPIS and the Technology Grant Program are overseen by a User Advisory Group comprising governance and staff who are available to provide training on the use of ESPIS.
For more information, go to www.nea.org/esphome/ members/howtoapp.html or contact the ESP program assistant in NEA's ESP Quality Department: 202-822-7131, 1201 16th Street NW., Washington, DC 20036.