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For more than 50 years, NESA has been dedicated to educator professional growth to improve student learning. We deliver on this mission via intertwined systems of care and quality programming, focusing not only on ideas and knowledge, but also on nurturing and relationships that allow for transformational learning and system impact.

NESA programs are curated to foster deep understanding and support sustained and systemic solutions that impact student learning.

NESA Professional Learning Program 2024-2025

NESA’s world-class professional learning program cultivates professional growth and human connection in service of student success.

Discover NESA's Seasons of Learning

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Elementary or secondary private independent American/international overseas school or school system accredited by a NESA-recognized accreditaion agency.


Any school that supports NESA's mission and vision, shares NESA's core values, and wishes to participate in NESA's professsional learning program.


Any organization that supports NESA's mission and vision, shares NESA's core values, and wishes to participate in NESA's conferences and institutes.

NESA fosters community above all else, and I believe that is its competitive edge.
PD is ubiquitous these days, but people are looking for an experience that fills their
hearts as much as their heads. I believe NESA does that.

— Leadership Event participant

Living in a region so vast and complex has strengthened professional generosity, emboldened innovation across schools, and firmly established collaboration as the corner-stone of NESA’s success.

NESA Member School Communities of Practice meet monthly on Zoom in Live Forums to collaborate on our common goal of school transformation.

NEW! Strategic Support Sessions for NESA Member Schools are online, collaborative meetings with specialists to build connections, receive consultation, and engage in strategic planning.



The Wayfinder Podcast Episode 8: Regeneration & Hope

How do we re-center hope? On our final episode of the season, NESA Executive Director Maddy Hewitt joins Abril in conversation and they discuss regenerative models of education, next year's NESA program, and the case for evidence-based hope.

Margaret Sanders Undergraduate Scholarship Winners

Mohammad Aziz, from International Schools Group - American School Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, is the NESA-region recipient of the prestigious Margaret Sanders Undergraduate Scholarship. His dedication to making a positive impact and his remarkable achievements serve as inspiration for students across our region.  


NESA Office Closed - Winter Holiday
The NESA Center will be closed December 23 through January 6.
Educators Training Institute 2025 (ETI25)
Educators Training Institute
January 24-25, 2025 
American Community School of Abu Dhabi (new campus)
Abu Dhabi, UAE

We are each other’s
we are each other’s
we are each other’s
magnitude and bond.

— Gwendolyn Brooks

NESA unequivocally supports the world-wide call for justice and racial equality as universally held human rights. Truth, compassion and equity are foundational in building the respect, integrity and trust essential to create and sustain learning communities in our NESA region and beyond.