Education First: SEL in Action AwardsDeadline: April 9, 2021
The SEL in Action Awards, a partnership of the NoVo Foundation with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades pre-K-12. For the 2021–22 school year, SEL in Action awardees will be selected from two applicant pools:
- School-based educators (including teachers, counselors, administrators and other school staff) seeking to implement SEL initiatives in classrooms or schools in the 2021–2022 school year.
- District-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide and/or across multiple schools within one district (including a charter network).
Though all proposals are welcome, the Foundation seeks proposals that specifically support one or more of the following student populations:
- Students from Indigenous communities
- Newcomers, including refugee students or recent immigrants
- English learners
- LGBTQIA+ students
- Girls and young women of color
- Students disproportionately affected by suspensions or the juvenile justice system
- Students with learning disabilities
- Students impacted by housing inequities or homelessness
Priority will also be given to projects that:
- Are student-led, done with (not to) students, and/or community-based
- Are focused primarily on student outcomes (as opposed to only adult outcomes)
- Are original and innovative, and build off of existing evidence-based practices or the science of learning
- Bring an orientation and analysis of racial and/or social justice
- Are able to be implemented during the 2021–22 school year
- Have the potential to carry on beyond the grant period
- Demonstrate principal, school/district leader and peer educator support
- Consider trauma-informed practices, implicit bias and culturally-affirming approaches to teaching
- Are creating alternative and restorative practices of accountability
- Foster deeper connections to nature or the natural world
Amount: Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded for educator-led projects (an estimated 110 grants to be awarded), and up to $25,000 for district-level projects (an estimated 40 grants to be awarded).
Note: A select number of two-year grants will also be awarded. Two-year award amounts will be up to $15,000 for educator-led projects, and up to $50,000 for district-level projects. See solicitation for details.
- Educator-led projects: Lead applicants may be educators in a public school (including a charter school) in the United States or a US Territory in grades PK-12. Teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators and other school-based staff are eligible.
- District-level projects: Lead applicants may be district employees in any role (superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, teacher, director, specialist, counselor, etc.) in a public school district (including a charter network) in the United States or a US Territory.