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U.S. Department of Education: Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs — Professional Development Grants Program

Deadline: July 30, 2018

The Indian Education Professional Development Grants program works to: 1) increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indians; and 2) to provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers and administrators. The program contains two absolute priorities, and four competitive preference priorities, as follows.

Absolute Priority 1: Pre-Service Training for Teachers, including projects that:

  • Provide support and training to Indian individuals to complete a pre-service education program before the end of the award period that enables the individuals to meet the requirements for full state certification or licensure as a teacher through: a) Training that leads to a degree in education; b) For states allowing a degree in a specific subject area, training that leads to a degree in the subject area; or c) Training in a current or new specialized teaching assignment that requires a degree and in which a documented teacher shortage exists
  • Provide two years of induction services, during the award period, to participants after graduation, certification, or licensure, while they are completing their first two years of work as teachers in local education agencies (LEAs) (including Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-funded schools) that serve a high proportion of Indian students
  • Include goals for the: a) Number of participants to be recruited each year; b) Number of participants to continue in the project each year; c) Number of participants to graduate each year; and d) Number of participants to find qualifying jobs within 12 months of completion

Absolute Priority 2: Pre-service administrator training, including projects that:

  • Provide support and training to Indian individuals to complete a graduate degree in education administration that is provided before the end of the award period and that allows participants to meet the requirements for state certification or licensure as an education administrator
  • Provide two years of induction services, during the award period, to participants after graduation, certification, or licensure, while they are completing their first two years of work as administrators in LEAs (including BIE-funded schools) that serve a high proportion of Indian students
  • Include goals for the: a) Number of participants to be recruited each year; b) Number of participants to continue in the project each year; c) Number of participants to graduate each year; and d) Number of participants to find qualifying jobs within twelve months of completion

Competitive Preference Priorities:

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1 (up to three additional points): An application that includes a letter of support signed by the authorized representative of an LEA or BIE-funded school that agrees to consider program graduates for qualifying jobs and that serves a high proportion of Indian students
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2 (up to five additional points): An application submitted by an Indian tribe, Indian organization, or tribal college or university (TCU) that is eligible to participate in the Professional Development program
  • Competitive Preference Priority 3 (up to three additional points): A consortium application of eligible entities whose lead is non-tribal that: Meets the requirements of 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129 and includes an Indian tribe, Indian organization, or Indian TCU; and is not eligible to receive a preference under Competitive Preference Priority 2
  • Competitive Preference Priority 4 (up to five additional points): An application that increases the opportunities for high-quality preparation of, or professional development for, teachers or other educators of science, technology, engineering, math, or computer science

Amount: A total of $6,300,000 is available to make up to 18 awards ranging from $300,000-$400,000 and averaging $350,000.

Eligibility: An institution of higher education, including a TCU; a state educational agency in consortium with an institution of higher education; an LEA in consortium with an institution of higher education; an Indian tribe or Indian organization in consortium with an institution of higher education; or a BIE-funded school in consortium with at least one TCU, where feasible.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306259

Note: A pre-application webinar is expected to be held on June 27, 2018 (details forthcoming). For updates, monitor: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianprofdev/applicant.html.

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