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National Education Association's Grant Opportunities Highlighted At The Education Grant Conference As Attendees Learned Importance Of Developing A Grant Campaign

Natalie Forbes, Grant Director of Services for Middletown Public Schools highlighting a diagram of grant development process from the interactive group discussion at the Education Grants Conference.

Rodney Walker, Grant Development Systems expert facilitating group discussions at the Education Grants Conference attended by superintendents, principals and grant professionals from across the nation.

Dr. Christopher Johnson (left) and Rodney Walker (right) discussing grant opportunities offered through the National Education Association at the Education Grants Conference  at San Diego State University.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sept. 29, 2017 — The Education Grants Conference attendees gain new insight about additional funding opportunities by hearing from Dr. Christopher Johnson, Senior Program Specialist and Grant Administrator from the National Education Association (NEA). The NEA is the nation's largest professional employee organization with over 3 million members and has affiliate organizations in every state.

Rodney Walker, President of Grant Central USA and founder of the conference said, “We were thrilled to have a representative from NEA here to shed light on the funding opportunities that exist within their union and we look forward to working with them more in the future.”

Johnson shared how the NEA members voted for an increase of their dues by $3 which provided money for a grant for innovation in education through the Great Public School (GPS) fund. He said that local union members have access to applying for local funds of about $3 to $6 million each year if schools work with their local unions.

He also discussed the importance of collaborations and community schools. “If a grant comes across my desk that is a community school that has the buy-in from United Way or a community group and the administration then it is probably going to get funded.”

This is a point that was emphasized at the conference along with the importance of schools viewing grant development as a grant campaign which is a more sophisticated approach to winning education grants. “The conference allows school administrators and education grant professionals to step back and see the bigger picture of what is really required to become more effective and efficient in winning grant money,” says Walker.

Conference attendees were energized by the various presentations and also heard from Dr. Don Hooper, past president of American Association of School Administrators (AASA), who said  “if you need to know anything about how to organize your district, how to look for new opportunities and seek grant funding, you must attend these conferences."

Johnson’s final words of encouragement to everyone was, “Grant money is the innovation of the future and the innovation is right there in our classrooms. The extent that you can tap into what your kids are doing is the extent you are going to have grants funded.”

The next Education Grants Conference will be on March 21 - 22, 2018 in Pasadena, California. Learn more at

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The event that has become known as the money conference helped school educators build better grant systems and hear from a grant administrator of the largest teachers union in the United States.