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Deadline: June 1, 2018

New Mexico Public Education Department: Strengthening Tribal Programs

The New Mexico Indian Education Strengthening Tribal Programs (STP) aims to provide grants for a one to three-year period, contingent on annual appropriation to the Public Education Department (PED) Indian Education Division (IED), for the purpose of funding the New Mexico tribal governments: (a) to promote increased collaboration and capacity building between tribal education departments, school districts, and the PED; and/or (b) to support the revitalization, maintenance, and sustainability of native languages. The overarching goal is to increase positive student outcomes for American Indian students. The PED-IED will select New Mexico tribes 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
  • Native language and culture support systems
  • School climate strategies
  • Social skills training
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Transition strategies
  • Truancy and attendance strategies
  • Upward Bound
  • Wrap-around services
  • Other demonstrated strategies may be considered

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.

If partnering with schools, 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 Director/Coordinator, a teacher, and a mental/behavioral health expert. In implementing the work plan, the team needs to employ a problem-solving mind-set, anticipating and responding to challenges in carrying out the plan, and work towards continuous improvement of programs and processes for outcomes.

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 tribal Education Director or Grant Program Administrator in meeting Indian Education Act requirements such as developing local language programs, attending local district consultations and collaborations with other tribal Education Departments and school districts, developing data sharing practices, bilingual biliteracy seal committees, etc.
  • Level 2: $5,000-$25,000: Proposals must include a mid- to high-impact, culture-based activity for students, parents, teachers, and/or other staff that demonstrates a direct or indirect impact on strategies, plan, development, and implementation of collaboration efforts and capacity building between tribal education departments, school districts, and the PED and/or supporting the revitalization, maintenance, and sustainability of native languages.
  • Level 3: $25,000-$60,000: Proposals must include at least one culture-based strategy that can be linked to improving collaboration and student outcomes between a local school with positive student outcomes. Level 3 proposals must also demonstrate how the grant will be used to supplement, not supplant, current tribal programs and educational activities in conjunction with schools and/or district.

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

Eligibility: New Mexico tribes, pueblos, or nations.

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 9 am – 12 pm at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/700168253

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