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

Deadline: June 19, 2017

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 educators. These grants will allow eligible entities to develop, expand, and evaluate practices that can serve as models that can be sustained and disseminated.

The competition includes the following Absolute Priorities (applications must meet one of these priorities):

  • Absolute Priority 1 – Supporting Effective Teachers: This priority includes projects that are designed to improve teacher effectiveness and increase the number of highly effective teachers in schools with high concentrations of high-need students. Projects must use strategies supported by at least moderate evidence to address one or more of the following priority areas:
    (a) Recruiting and preparing prospective teachers
    (b) Providing professional development activities to current teachers that will improve pedagogy or content knowledge
    (c) Providing professional enhancement activities to teachers, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential

Projects must align their activities to meet the needs of their partner states, districts, or schools, such as addressing teacher shortages, improving equitable access to highly effective teachers, or increasing the number of teachers from underrepresented groups.

  • Absolute Priority 2 – Supporting Effective Principals or Other School Leaders: This priority includes projects that improve principal or other school leader effectiveness and increase the number of highly effective principals or other school leaders in schools with high concentrations of high-need students. Projects must use strategies supported by at least promising evidence that address one or more of the following priority areas:
    (a) Recruiting and preparing prospective leaders
    (b) Providing professional development activities to current leaders that will improve instructional leadership, school culture and climate leadership, or administrative leadership
    (c) Providing professional enhancement activities to leaders, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential or certification

Projects must align their activities to meet the needs of their partner states, districts, or schools, such as improving equitable access to highly effective principals or other school leaders or increasing the number of leaders from underrepresented groups.

The competition includes includes two Competitive Preference Priorities and one Invitational Priority:

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1 – Promoting Diversity in the Educator: This priority includes projects that are designed to address both of the following priority areas:
    (a) Providing educator development activities designed to improve cultural competency and responsiveness skills that contribute to an inclusive school culture
    (b) Improving the recruitment, support, and retention of educators from diverse backgrounds
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2 – Support for Personalized Learning: This priority includes projects that are designed to support teachers, principals, or other school leaders implementing personalized learning environments in their classrooms or in classrooms in their schools, using data to inform their instruction, and increasing students’ engagement, voice, and choice in their learning. Projects may support educators’ implementation of college and career ready strategies such as project based learning, competency based education, or blended learning.
  • Invitational Priority – Support for the Use of Micro-Credentials: This priority includes projects that support teachers, principals, or other school leaders earning micro-credentials based on demonstrated mastery of competencies and performance-based outcomes.

Amount: A total of $42,000,000 is available to award five to eight grants ranging from $1,000,000-$6,000,000 and averaging $4,000,000 for the first year of the project. The project period is for up to 36 months. Award recipients must provide at least 25 percent of the funds for the total cost for each year of activities supported by the grant.

Eligibility:

  • An institution of higher education 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 an institution of higher education or national nonprofit, and a for-profit entity

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=293288

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