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U.S. Department of Education: Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities – Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel

Deadline: July 30, 2018

The Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel program aims to: (1) help address state-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers, with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.

The purpose the program is to support existing doctoral degree programs that prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel who are well-qualified for, and can act effectively in, leadership positions as researchers and preparers of special education, early intervention, and related services personnel in institutions of higher education (IHEs), or as leaders in national organizations, state educational agencies (SEAs), lead agencies (LAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), early intervention services programs (EIS programs), or schools.

The program includes two absolute priorities and one competitive preference priority.

Absolute priority 1 — Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel: This priority seeks to support existing doctoral degree programs that prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel at the doctoral degree level who are well qualified for, and can act effectively in, leadership positions as researchers and preparers of special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education personnel in IHEs, or as leaders in national organizations, SEAs, LAs, LEAs, or EIS programs. This priority supports two types of programs:

  • Type A programs: These programs are designed to prepare special education, early intervention, and related services personnel as researchers and preparers of personnel in IHEs. Type A programs culminate in a doctoral degree.
  • Type B programs: These programs are designed to prepare special education or early intervention administrators to work as leaders in national organizations, SEAs, LAs, LEAs, or EIS programs. Type B programs prepare personnel for positions such as SEA special education administrators, LEA or regional special education directors, school-based special education directors, preschool coordinators, and early intervention coordinators. Type B programs culminate in a doctoral degree.

Absolute Priority 2 — Promoting Innovation and Efficiency, Streamlining Education With an Increased Focus on Improving Student Outcomes, and Providing Increased Value to Students and Taxpayers: This priority is for applicants to provide matching support through non-federal contributions, either in cash or in-kind donations at 10 percent or more of the total grant award.

Competitive Preference Priority: Within Absolute Priority 2, competitive preference will be given to applications that address the following priority. Additional one point to an application that provides a match of 50 percent of the total amount of the grant and an additional two points to an application that provides a match of 100 percent of the total amount of the grant.

Amount: A total of $4,250,000 is available to make 17 awards that range from $225,000-$250,000 and average $237,500 per year. The project period is 60 months. A 10 percent cost share or match is required (see Competitive Preference Priority above regarding additional points for additional match amounts).

Eligibility: IHEs and private nonprofit organizations. A grantee may award subgrants—to directly carry out project activities described in its application—to the following types of entities: IHEs and private nonprofit organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306219

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