U.S. Department of Education: School Climate Transformation Grant Program
The School Climate Transformation Grant Program – Local Educational Agency Grants (SCTG–LEA) provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing a multi-tiered system of support for improving school climate. School climate plays a critical role in the potential success and school experiences of a student. Students who learn in positive learning environments are more likely to improve academically, participate more fully in the classroom, and develop skills that will help them be successful in school and in life.
Under the SCTG–LEA program, grantees may use funds to support activities to develop local approaches to address a wide range of school climate issues through implementation of evidence-based practices for improving school engagement, safety, and environment for all students. LEAs that implement these school climate improvement efforts as part of a coordinated strategy will enhance their ability to achieve the goals and objectives of both this program and others that are included in the coordinated effort.
The SCTG-LEA program includes four absolute priorities and three competitive preference priorities:
- Absolute Priority 1 – Improving School Climate. Projects designed to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing a multi-tiered system of support for improving school climate, which may include a multi-tiered behavioral framework, by using evidence-based efforts that are designed to foster safety; promote supportive academic, disciplinary, and physical environments; and/or encourage and maintain respectful, trusting, and caring relationships throughout the school community.
- Absolute Priority 2 – LEAs that are rural LEAs or serve a federally recognized Tribe. An LEA, including a BIE-funded school, meets this absolute priority if it provides evidence that it meets one of the following criteria: (1) It is a rural LEA; or (2) it predominantly serves members of one federally recognized Tribe.
- Absolute Priority 3 – LEAs that include a Qualified Opportunity Zone. An LEA meets this priority if it includes, as a portion of the area served by the LEA, a Qualified Opportunity Zone.
- Absolute Priority 4 – LEAs that are not rural LEAs, do not include Qualified Opportunity Zones, and do not serve a Tribe. An LEA meets this absolute priority if it indicates in its application that it is not a rural LEA, does not serve a Qualified Opportunity Zone, and does not predominantly serve members of one federally recognized Tribe.
- Competitive Preference Priority 1 – Protecting Freedom of Speech and Encouraging Respectful Interactions in a Safe Educational Environment. Projects that are designed to develop positive learning environments that promote strong relationships among students and school personnel to help prevent bullying, violence, and disruptive actions that diminish the opportunity for each student to receive a high-quality education.
- Competitive Preference Priority 2 – Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students To Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens. Projects that are likely to improve student academic performance and better prepare students for employment, responsible citizenship, and fulfilling lives, including by preparing children or students to do one or more of the following: (1) Develop positive personal relationships with others; (2) Develop determination, perseverance, and the ability to overcome obstacles; (3) Develop self-esteem through perseverance and earned success; (4) Develop problem-solving skills; or (5) Develop self-regulation in order to work toward long-term goals.
- Competitive Preference Priority 3 – Opioid Abuse and Prevention. Applications that propose a high-quality plan to implement opioid abuse prevention and mitigation strategies. The plan must describe how the LEA will use funds to implement evidence-based strategies for preventing opioid abuse by students, and/or address the mental health needs of students who are negatively impacted by family or community members who are (or have been) abusers. The plan may also include providing technical assistance to, or support for, schools that implement or plan to implement high-quality approaches to opioid abuse prevention such as the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) approach.
Each grantee must implement a project that builds LEA capacity for supporting schools implementing evidence-based efforts to improve school climate by:
- Developing, enhancing, or expanding systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing a multi-tiered system of support for improving school climate by using evidence-based efforts that are designed to foster safety; promote supportive academic, disciplinary, and physical environments; and/or encourage and maintain respectful, trusting, and caring relationships throughout the school community
- Improving the skills of LEA personnel to assist schools’ efforts to improve school climate through, for example, policies, funding, professional development, coaching, and coordination of providing services and implementing programs
- Improving the quality, accessibility, and usefulness of any relevant districtwide data collection and analysis related to data-based decision making in areas related to improved school climate
- Defining what it means to implement the multi-tiered system of support with fidelity and determining annually the extent to which the impacted schools are implementing such model with fidelity, for example, by using a tool or rubric to review implementation
- Encouraging the use of evidence-based practices and reliable and valid tools and processes for evaluating the fidelity of efforts related to improved school climate
- Coordinating LEA efforts with appropriate Federal, State, and local resources
Amount: Approximately $40,000,000 is available to make up to 80 awards ranging from $100,000-$750,000 for a project period of up to 60 months.
Eligibility: LEAs or consortia of LEAs. Only applications that meet Absolute Priority 1 and one of Absolute Priorities 2, 3, or 4 will be considered.
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