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Deadline: April 24, 2017

U.S. Department of Education: National Professional Development Program

The National Professional Development (NPD) Program supports professional development activities that will improve classroom instruction for English learners (ELs) and assist educational personnel working with such children to meet high professional standards, including standards for certification and licensure as teachers who work in language instruction educational programs or serve ELs. Grants awarded under this program may be used:

  • For pre-service professional development programs that will improve the qualifications and skills of educational personnel involved in the education of ELs, including personnel who are not certified or licensed and educational paraprofessionals, and for other activities to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness in meeting the needs of ELs
  • For the development of program curricula appropriate to the needs of the consortia participants involved
    To support strategies that strengthen and increase parent, family, and community member engagement in the education of ELs
  • To develop, share, and disseminate effective practices in the instruction of ELs and in increasing the student academic achievement of ELs, including the use of technology-based programs
  • In conjunction with other Federal need-based student financial assistance programs, for financial assistance, including costs related to tuition, fees, and books for enrolling in courses required to complete the degree involved, to meet certification or licensing requirements for teachers who work in language instruction educational programs or serve ELs
  • To support strategies that promote school readiness of ELs and their transition from early childhood education programs, such as Head Start or state-run preschool programs, to elementary school programs

NPD priorities include:

  • Absolute priority (must be met in order to apply): Providing professional development to improve instruction for English learners
  • Competitive preference priority 1: Projects supported by moderate evidence of effectiveness; up to 5 points
  • Competitive preference priority 2: Improving parent, family, and community engagement; up to 5 points
  • Invitational priority 1: Dual language approaches
  • Invitational priority 2: Supporting the early learning workforce to serve ELs and apply the same developmental learning content to all levels of teacher preparation

Amount: A total of $20,000,000 is anticipated to be available to support approximately 44 grants that range from $350,000-$550,000 per year and average at $450,000 per year. The project period is for five years.

Note that the actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, applications are currently being inviting to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, additional awards may be made in FY 2018 or later years from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education (IHEs) or public private entities with relevant experience and capacity, in consortia with local educational agencies (LEAs) or State educational agencies (SEAs).

Link: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nfdp/applicant.html

Note: The NPD program intends to hold technical assistance webinars for interested applicants. Detailed information regarding these meetings will be provided on the NPD Web site (link provided above).

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