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New Mexico Public Education Department: Indian Education School District and Cultural Inclusion Initiative

Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Indian Education School District Initiative aims to provide grants for a one to three-year period to New Mexico public school districts and district-chartered or state-chartered schools that enroll a significant number of American Indian students for the purpose of improving academic and cultural achievement opportunities in alignment with the requirements of the Indian Education Act.

The Public Education Department (PED)-Indian Education Division (IED) will select Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that will receive state funding for implementing quality programs in the following priority areas:

  • Increasing attendance and reducing truancy
  • Improving educational opportunities for American Indian students to keep them engaged in school and on a pathway to college and/or career success (i.e., academic enrichment programs, after-school/Saturday/summer programs, project based learning opportunities geared specifically toward American Indian students, etc.)
  • Improving student outcomes by strengthening culturally responsive learning environments (i.e., culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, diversity, and cultural sensitivity training etc.)
  • Supporting the maintenance of Native language
  • Addressing challenges that exist across schools and school systems (i.e., transition-planning, reduction in student mobility, addressing academic gaps, etc.)

Applicants are to select one to three priority areas to include in their application and implement programs/strategies that will likely lead to the desired outcomes.

The following strategies/programs will be considered for funding within a well-designed proposal:

  • Academic enrichment activities
  • Culturally responsive instruction
  • Family-community involvement strategies
  • Language revitalization and maintenance activities
  • School climate strategies
  • Social skills training
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Transition strategies
  • Truancy and attendance strategies
  • Upward Bound
  • Wrap-around services
  • Other strategies may be considered

The program should include school-wide strategies that positively impact the environment for American Indian students, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) or addressing discipline disproportionality. These foundational types of programs should be in place prior to implementing strategies that impact individual students.

All proposals are required to include the formation of an Indian Education Leadership Team that is responsible for developing and carrying out the program work plan. Teams can be existing teams with similar roles or subcommittees of existing teams. Team membership should consist of an administrator with decision-making authority, the Indian Education Program Coordinator, a teacher, and a mental/behavioral health expert.

Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that address gaps in community coordination and bring together these key drivers of program effectiveness: strong community ties, integrated language/educational services, support services and interventions tailored to the specific community, high performing collaborations, and committed leaders and community champions.

Although this grant opportunity will be awarded for one year, preference will be given for proposals with a multi-year design, including short-term (1 year) objectives and objectives that span 2-3 years.

Amount: Awards will range from $1,000-$60,000. Applicants must select one out of the three levels of program funding listed below.

  • Level 1: $1,000-$5,000: Proposals are for professional development/training/travel to support the Indian Education Coordinator or Grant Program Administrator in meeting Indian Education Act requirements such as developing local tribal Education Status Reports, conducting local tribal consultations and collaborations with Tribal Education Departments, developing data sharing practice, etc.
  • Level 2: $5,000-$25,000: Proposals must include a mid- to high-impact, project-based activity for students, parents, teachers, and/or other staff that demonstrates a direct or indirect impact on improving student outcomes that includes curriculum development, implementation, or assessment.
  • Level 3: $25,000-$60,000: Proposals must include at least one evidence-based strategy that can be linked to improving student academic outcomes. Level 3 proposals must also demonstrate how the grant will be used to supplement, not supplant, current tribal programs and educational activities.

The number of students, school buildings, and high-impact or evidence-based activities being proposed will be carefully considered within the funding proposal.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be one of the 23 New Mexico public school districts and/or 6 state-chartered or school district-chartered schools identified as Native-serving institutions. Individual schools, teacher-led projects, community-led projects, parent-led or student-led projects may be considered if submitted through an LEA or district-chartered school, with only one application permitted per LEA or district-chartered school. Applications must demonstrate that consultation with local tribes and other American Indian stakeholders such as parents, teachers and students has taken place.

Link: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/information/rfps-rfis-rfas/

Note: A mandatory pre-application Go To Meeting webinar will be held on May 8, 2018 from 1:30-4:30 pm at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/415914653

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