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U.S. Department of Education: Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program

Deadline: June 22, 2017

The Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program (Gifted and Talented Program) supports evidence-based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools nationwide to identify gifted and talented students and meet their special educational needs. Applicants are expected to show how:

  • The proposed project will: a) Implement evidence-based activities that are supported by promising evidence; or b) develop new information that improves the capability of schools to plan, conduct, and improve programs to identify and serve gifted and talented students, or assists schools in the identification of and provision of services to gifted and talented students (including economically disadvantaged individuals, individuals who are English learners, and children with disabilities) who may not be identified and served through traditional assessment methods.
  • The proposed identification methods, as well as gifted and talented services, materials, and methods, can be adapted, if appropriate, for use by all students.
  • The proposed programs can be evaluated.
  • The proposed project will, where appropriate, provide for the equitable participation of students and teachers in private nonprofit elementary and secondary schools, including the participation of teachers and other personnel in professional development programs serving such students.

Funding from the Gifted and Talented Program is expected to support one or more of the following activities:

  • Conducting evidence-based research, supported by promising evidence, on methods and techniques for identifying and teaching gifted and talented students and for using gifted and talented programs and methods to serve all students, particularly low-income and at-risk students
  • Establishing and operating model projects and exemplary programs for serving gifted and talented students, including innovative methods and strategies (such as summer programs, mentoring programs, peer tutoring programs, service learning programs, and cooperative learning programs involving business, industry, and education) for identifying and educating students who may not be served by traditional gifted and talented programs
  • Providing technical assistance and disseminating information, including assistance and information regarding how gifted and talented programs and methods, where appropriate, may be adapted for use by all students, particularly low-income and at-risk students
  • Training of personnel in the identification and education of gifted and talented students and in the use, where appropriate, of gifted and talented services, materials, and methods for all students

Proposed projects are expected to evaluate the effectiveness of a model designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who, through gifted and talented education programs, perform at high levels of academic achievement. To meet this requirement, applicants must include all of the following:

  • Promising evidence from one or more evidence-based research and evaluation studies indicating that the proposed intervention, or project component has raised the achievement of students from one or more underrepresented groups in one or more core subject areas
  • Promising evidence from one or more evidence-based research and evaluation studies that the proposed intervention has resulted in the identification of, and provision of services to, increased numbers of students from underrepresented groups who participate in gifted and talented education programs
  • A description of the professional qualifications of each member of the applicant’s leadership team
  • A sound plan for implementing the model in multiple settings or with multiple populations
  • A research and evaluation plan that employs an experimental study or quasiexperimental design (QED) study to measure the impact of the intervention on the achievement of students from underrepresented groups and on the number of these students who are identified as gifted and talented and served through gifted and talented programs

Amount: A total of $5,000,000 is available to award 9-12 grants ranging from $300,000-$500,000 and averaging $425,000. The project period is for 60 months.

Eligibility: State educational agencies; local educational agencies; the Bureau of Indian Education; institutions of higher education (IHEs); other public agencies; and other private agencies and organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=293914

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