U.S. Department of Education: State Tribal Education Partnership Program
The purposes of the State Tribal Education Partnership program are to:
- Promote increased collaboration between tribal education agencies (TEAs) and the State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) that serve students from the affected tribes; and
- Build the capacity of TEAs to conduct certain administrative functions under certain Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) formula grant programs for eligible schools, as determined by the TEA, SEA, and LEA.
Projects must include at least two eligible schools, at least one of which must be a public school. All schools included in the project must receive services or funds for the specific ESEA formula grant program(s) selected by the applicant. Projects will be evaluated based on the following factors (among others):
- The extent to which the goals and objectives in the preliminary agreement between the involved entities, including the TEA capacity-building activities, address identified educational needs of the Indian students to be served.
- The extent to which the proposed project would recognize and support tribal sovereignty.
- The extent to which the preliminary agreement defines goals, objectives, and outcomes of the proposed project that are likely to be achieved by the end of the project period.
- The extent to which the proposed project would build relationships and better communication among the TEA, SEA, and LEA, as well as families and communities, to the benefit of Indian students in the selected schools, including by enhancing the cultural competency of SEA and LEA staff.
- The extent to which the proposed project would enhance the capacity of the TEA to administer ESEA formula grants during the grant period and beyond.
Amount: Approximately $1,950,000 is available. Awards for a single TEA range from $150,000 to $330,000; awards for a consortium of TEAs range from $300,000 to $500,000.
Eligibility: (a) A TEA that is from an eligible Indian tribe and authorized by its tribe to administer this program; or (b) a consortium of such TEAs. To be eligible for an award, an applicant must include, as a part of its application, certification by the eligible Indian tribe that the applicant is the agency, department, or instrumentality of the eligible Indian tribe that is primarily responsible for supporting the elementary and secondary education of the tribe’s students.
Notes: The Department intends to hold a pre-application webinar on April 30, 2015 designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants. Information about webinar times and instructions for registering will be on the Department Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/STEP/index.html.
A letter of intent to apply is due by May 21, 2015.
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