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U.S. Department of Education: Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities: Stepping-up Technology Implementation

Deadline: June 5, 2017

The Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program seeks to: (1) improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.

The program has one absolute priority that proposed programs must meet: stepping-up technology implementation. This priority aims to (a) identify strategies needed to readily implement existing technology tools based on evidence that benefit students with disabilities; and (b) develop and disseminate products (e.g., instruction manuals, lesson plans, demonstration videos, ancillary instructional materials) that will assist personnel in early childhood or K-12 settings to readily use, understand, and implement these technology tools.

The program has the following competitive preference priorities:

  • Competitive preference priority 1—Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities: Projects must be designed to support teachers in providing access through technology to the general education curriculum aligned with state grade-level content standards or alternate academic achievement standards in mathematics and English language arts (K-12) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Teachers will be able to use the technology to differentiate grade-level instruction effectively and will be able to better track student progress toward grade-level proficiency.
  • Competitive preference priority 2—Projects Supported by Evidence of Promise: Projects that include research that meets at least the evidence of promise standard and that supports the promise (i.e., evidence base) of the proposed model under the absolute priority and its components and processes.
  • Competitive preference priority 3—Technology to support instructors and students in juvenile correctional facilities: Projects must provide technology to support instructors and students in juvenile correctional facilities that:
    (a) Allows instructors to immediately assess a student’s current grade-level ability when the student moves into a juvenile correctional facility without having the appropriate educational information (e.g., individualized education program, section 504 plans, behavior intervention plans). Technology can also allow instructors to develop education plans in addition to individualized education programs required for students with disabilities under IDEA and plans that describe services required for students with disabilities.
    (b) Equips instructors with tools and resources to enhance the classroom experience, such as flipped classrooms, blended learning, and other models and methods that would allow students to make educational gains in and outside of the classroom
    (c) Expands the reach of correctional education services to provide more incarcerated individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to graduate

Amount: A total of $2,500,000 is expected to be available to fund five awards. Awards are expected to range from $450,0000-$500,000 per year and average $471,352 per year. The project period is for up to 48 months.

Eligibility: State Educational Agencies (SEAs); Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), including public charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law; institutions of higher education; other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; freely associated States and outlying areas; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=293366

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