Novo Foundation: Equitable Decisionmaking for Teacher Morale and Retention Grants
Novo Foundation designed the SEL in Action––Equitable Decisionmaking for Teacher Morale and Retention (Morale
and Retention) grants to support school and district leaders in their efforts to:
* Develop a deep and nuanced understanding of the experiences and challenges of classroom educators related to the social and emotional dimensions of learning, well-being and relationships arising from the COVID-19 pandemic
* Collaborate with educators and school leaders to co-design solutions that will address the root causes of decreased teacher morale and retention in their schools
Funding will support grantee efforts and planning, along with technical assistance from Education First in equitable decisionmaking methodologies to help study gaps and inequities, engage diverse voices in problem-solving and co-design solutions to improve teacher morale in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. It is not anticipated that these grant funds will be sufficient to carry out all elements of these teacher support solutions and expect selected applicants to commit to dedicating additional funds to teacher support.
Specifically, The Morale and Retention grant program will include two phases:
* Phase One: Grantees will receive the full grant payment of $50,000 and receive coaching and technical assistance (provided by Education First), covering the period of time between January and April 2023. Education First’s technical assistance will be delivered remotely through video and phone conferences, and help grantees plan and carry out an equitable decisionmaking process with their teachers, including: (1) conducting empathy interviews to develop and refine a “problem statement” and better
understand the challenges teachers face; (2) analyzing the root cause(s) of teacher challenges to distill needs to a series of “How might we?” questions; and (3) conducting an ideation session to brainstorm and test solutions for teacher support.
* Phase Two: Grantees will prototype and implement the solutions they developed in Phase One with monthly coaching and thought partnership from Education First. Grantees will have until the end of the grant period on November 30, 2023 to spend down grant funds and implement their solutions.
Amount: Grants range up to $50,000.
Eligibility: An applicant must be either:
* A public school district
* A charter management organization
* Any other cluster of at least 2 schools in the same district and/or feeder pattern
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