Between 2004-2014, Sharing the Dream, a joint grant program of NAESP Foundation and MetLife Foundation, awarded more than $2,000,000 in grants for projects to hundreds of schools in all 50 states and Guam.

Sharing the Dream encouraged principals to “go global” by providing grants for innovative projects that engage parents and communities, and create globally oriented schools that foster students’ intercultural understanding and preparation as world citizens.

At its core, Sharing the Dream advocated peace and collaboration, community-building, respect for cultural and other differences, and family involvement in school.

Though concluding in 2014, Sharing the Dream projects continue to impact – children, families and communities the world over.


Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) leads in the advocacy and support for elementary- and middle-level principals in the United States, Canada & Overseas. The NAESP Foundation, founded in 1982, is the charitable arm of NAESP and is dedicated to securing and stewarding private gifts and grants that benefit NAESP.

MetLife Foundation is committed to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide, through a focus on empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities. In education, it seeks to strengthen public schools through effective teaching and collaborative leadership, and to prepare students for access to and success in higher education, particularly during the crucial first year. The Foundation’s grant making is informed by findings from the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher.

Sharing the Dream

Grants for pre-K-8 school projects that create global classrooms where children—and families—can safely connect, exchange ideas and learn together.

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