U.S. Department of Education: National Professional Development Program
The National Professional Development (NPD) Grant Program supports professional development activities that are designed to 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 one or more of the following activities:
- Pre-service professional development programs that will assist schools and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to upgrade the qualifications and skills of educational personnel who are not certified or licensed, especially educational paraprofessionals
- The development of program curricula appropriate to the needs of the consortia participants involved
- Financial assistance to pay for costs of 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
Amount: $23,850,000 for approximately 53 grants that range from $350,000-$550,000 per year.
Eligibility: Institutions of higher education in consortia with local educational agencies (LEAs) or State educational agencies (SEAs).
Note: Webinars on the opportunity will be held December 16, 2015, January 13, 2016, and January 20, 2016. See the website for information on participating. A letter of intent is due by December 31, 2015 (optional but recommended).
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