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Deadline: April 13, 2015

New Mexico Public Education Department: High Schools That Work

The State of New Mexico’s Public Education Department (PED) is requesting applications for the establishment of High Schools That Work sites serving students in New Mexico public schools. PED intends to award schools in four economic regions in the state (Northern, Central, Southwestern, and Eastern).

The SY 2015-2016 grant must be used for schools to develop, plan and implement a high-quality college and career readiness Program of Study that is based on future workforce needs of the economic region. The grantee must show how its Program of Study will have positive and substantial impact on students and prepare for the world of college and careers. The Program of Study must meet the U.S. Department of Education recommendations for a rigorous Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum, align to New Mexico Common Core State Standards, and lead to industry recognized credentials and/or postsecondary education.

Successful Program of Study applications will include research-based educational teaching strategies that incorporate a signature feature, which is a developed program of study that includes course sequencing and academic rigor, and is of sufficient size, scope, and quality to serve as a model to be replicated in schools across the state. This year’s grants will be awarded based upon a school’s strong partnership with postsecondary institutions and business and industry (workforce), as well as how it measures its successes for all students served, especially non-traditional and special populations.

Amount: PED estimates the minimum award amount as $75,000 per site, and an average award may be $100,000 or more.

Eligibility: Eligible entities include public schools, state authorized public charter high schools, and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools in New Mexico.

Link: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/rfps.html

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