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U.S. Department of Education: Supporting Effective Educator Development Program

Deadline: June 12, 2020

The Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Program provides funding to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices that prepare, develop, or enhance the skills of educators. These grants will allow entities to develop, expand, and evaluate practices that can serve as models to be sustained and disseminated. The SEED program encourages the use of rigorous evidence in selecting and implementing interventions to support educators’ development across the continuum of their careers (e.g., in preparation, recruitment, evaluation, professional learning, and leadership development). The evidence required for interventions aimed at teachers and other School Leaders, respectively, are outlined in the absolute priorities below.

The SEED Program has two absolute priorities and three competitive preference priorities. Each of the two absolute priorities constitutes its own funding category. Applicants must meet one of the absolute priorities and may address only one absolute priority. Absolute priorities are:

Absolute Priority 1—Supporting Effective Teachers. This priority is for projects that will implement activities that are supported by Moderate Evidence. Applicants under this priority may propose one or more of the following activities:

  • Providing teachers from nontraditional preparation and certification routes or pathways to serve in traditionally underserved Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)
  • Providing teachers with Evidence-Based Professional Development activities that address literacy, numeracy, remedial, or other needs of LEAs and the students the agencies serve
  • Providing teachers with Evidence-Based professional enhancement activities, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential

Absolute Priority 2—Supporting Effective Principals or Other School Leaders. This priority is for projects that will implement activities that are supported by Promising Evidence. Applicants under this priority may propose one or more of the following activities:

  • Providing principals or other School Leaders from nontraditional preparation and certification routes or pathways to serve in traditionally underserved LEAs
  • Providing principals or other School Leaders with Evidence-Based Professional Development activities that address literacy, numeracy, remedial, or other needs of LEAs and the students the agencies serve
  • Providing principals or other School Leaders with Evidence-Based professional enhancement activities, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential

Note on Meeting Evidence Requirements: An applicant must identify at least one but no more than two citations for the purposes of meeting the evidence requirements under either Absolute Priority 1 or Absolute Priority 2. In addition to including up to two citations, an applicant must provide a description of: (1) The positive outcome(s) and practice(s) the applicant intends to replicate under its SEED grant and (2) the relevance of the outcome(s) and practice(s) to the SEED program. For those applicants seeking to address Absolute Priority 1, to meet the definition of Moderate Evidence the applicant must describe how the population it proposes to serve overlaps with the population or settings in the citations.

Competitive Preference Priorities are:

Competitive Preference Priority 1—Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, with a Particular Focus on Computer Science (up to 3 points).

  • Projects designed to improve student achievement or other educational outcomes in science, technology, engineering, math, or computer science. These projects must address increasing the number of educators adequately prepared to deliver rigorous instruction in STEM fields, including computer science, through recruitment, evidence-based professional development strategies for current STEM educators, or evidence-based retraining strategies for current educators seeking to transition from other subjects to STEM fields.

Competitive Priority 2 stems from the Secretary’s Supplemental Priorities and provides support for developing students’ noncognitive skills (also sometimes termed nonacademic skills or social emotional skills). The Department seeks to support professional development in the SEED program that incorporates social and emotional learning (SEL) practices into teaching and pathways into teaching that provide a strong foundation in child development and learning, including skills for implementing SEL strategies in the classroom. The priority is detailed as follows: Priority 2—Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students to Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens (up to 2 points). This includes:

  • Projects designed to support projects likely to improve student academic performance and better prepare students for employment, responsible citizenship, and fulfilling lives, including by preparing children or students to: 1) Develop positive personal relationships with others; ii) Develop determination, perseverance, and the ability to overcome obstacles; iii) Develop self-esteem through perseverance and earned success; iv) Develop problem-solving skills; and v) Develop self-regulation in order to work toward long-term goals.

Competitive Preference Priority 3—Spurring Investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones (up to 5 points).

Relevant definitions: evidence-based, when used with respect to a State, LEA, or intervention, means an activity, strategy, or intervention that demonstrates a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other Relevant Outcomes based on:

  • Strong evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented Experimental Study
  • Moderate Evidence from at least one well designed and well-implemented Quasi-experimental Study
  • Promising evidence from at least one well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias

Amount: A total of $22,000,000 is available to make up to 10 awards that range from $1,000,000-$6,000,000 per project year and average $3,500,000 per project year. The project period is up to 36 months. Applicants must provide a match of at least 25 percent of the total cost for each year of the project activities.

Eligibility:

  • An IHE that provides course materials or resources that are Evidence-Based in increasing academic achievement, graduation rates, or rates of postsecondary education matriculation
  • A national nonprofit organization with a demonstrated record of raising student academic achievement, graduation rates, and rates of higher education attendance, matriculation, or completion, or of effectiveness in providing preparation and Professional Development activities and programs for teachers, principals, or other School Leaders
  • The Bureau of Indian Education
  • A partnership consisting of: (i) one or more of the eligible entities described above and (ii) a for-profit entity.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326172

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