Research Funding Webinars from IES

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has launched a series of on-demand webinars for those who are interested in Fiscal Year 2018 funding opportunities and learning more about IES. These pre-recorded webinars are hosted by staff from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER). The following Read more about Research Funding Webinars from IES[…]

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U.S. Department of Education Announces Inaugural Education Innovation and Research Competition

The U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant competition for 2017. EIR is a new grant program established in the Every Student Succeeds Act and is the successor of the Obama Administration’s Investing in Innovation grant program (i3), which invested $1.4 billion in 172 i3 projects across Read more about U.S. Department of Education Announces Inaugural Education Innovation and Research Competition[…]

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10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest

Writing for Education Week, Catherine Gewertz reports on one of the nation’s biggest school-redesign competitions, through which 10 teams won a collective $100 million to create new high schools or transform existing ones across the country: Each of the winners of XQ: The Super School Project will have $10 million over the next five years Read more about 10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest[…]

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$500 Teacher Grants

Interested in winning $500 for your classroom? The two competitions below offer opportunities to do so! SaveOnEnergy SaveOnEnergy.com® is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy or sustainability. SaveOnEnergy teaches consumers of all ages about the many aspects of energy in their Learning Center through blog posts, videos and infographics. Plus, Read more about $500 Teacher Grants[…]

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ACSD Releases Teacher Impact Grants

ASCD has announced its Teacher Impact Grants program, which will provide direct grants to teacher leaders to fund initiatives that drive transformation for wider impact on improving student outcomes. The Teacher Impact Grants will enable teachers to have a greater impact on the quality of teaching in their classrooms, schools, and districts—and assume greater ownership of student Read more about ACSD Releases Teacher Impact Grants[…]

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Gates Foundation Awards for Teacher Prep Transformation Centers

Last week the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave away over $34 million in grants to teacher-preparation programs across the nation. These grants were given to 5 consortia from about 40 applications representing some 500 programs in all. The three year grants were given to create “transformation centers” based on the following criteria: developing strong Read more about Gates Foundation Awards for Teacher Prep Transformation Centers[…]

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Think It Up!

On September 11, 2015, the Entertainment Industry Foundation launched Think It Up in a star-studded television special that aired on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. Think It Up is an initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation created to bring broad cultural attention to the urgency of improving the learning experience in America. The national education Read more about Think It Up![…]

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Update on OII’s FY 2015 Grant Competitions

For the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2015, the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) will conduct 11 grant competitions in six program areas: Arts in Education, Charter Schools, Investing in Innovation, Opportunity Scholarship, Ready to Learn Television, and Supporting Effective Educator Development. Announcements of these competitions began last month and will Read more about Update on OII’s FY 2015 Grant Competitions[…]

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TNTP publishes the 2014 Fishman Prize winners’ essays and announces the 2015 Competition

Announcing Applications and Nominations for the TNTP’s 2015 $25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. It’s the only national award exclusively for teachers in high-poverty public schools. TNTP is looking for the next set of winners. Last year, TNTP received thousands of nominations and over 820 applications from teachers nationwide. Start an application or tell Read more about TNTP publishes the 2014 Fishman Prize winners’ essays and announces the 2015 Competition[…]

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2014 Investing in Innovation Competition

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the start of the 2014 grant competition for the Investing in Innovation (i3) program’s Scale-up and Validation categories. This competition will continue the Department’s investments in promising strategies that can help close achievement gaps and improve educational outcomes for our neediest students. The i3 program aims to develop Read more about 2014 Investing in Innovation Competition[…]

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Four Years Later, Are Race to the Top States on Track?

As summarized here, the federal government has recently reported on the success of the Race to the Top program. But can we know the impact of Race to the Top after only four years? A new report by Tiffany D. Miller and Robert Hanna at the Center for American Progress suggest that we truly can’t, Read more about Four Years Later, Are Race to the Top States on Track?[…]

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ED launches 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition

The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition with the release of the program’s invitation for pre-applications for the i3 “Development” grants (up to $3,000,000 each).  In its fifth round of competition, the i3 program continues to develop and expand practices that accelerate student Read more about ED launches 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition[…]

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ED Announces 31 Finalists for $120 Million RTT-D

The U.S. Department of Education announced that 31 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The 2013 RTTT-D program will provide close to $120 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and improve student learning, directly increase student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare Read more about ED Announces 31 Finalists for $120 Million RTT-D[…]

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Seven States will Pilot Teacher Preparation Changes

Seven states announced ambitious efforts to make it tougher to get into teacher training programs – and tougher to get a license after graduating. Under a two-year pilot program created by the Council of Chief State School Officers, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Washington will pilot the teacher preparation changes. Among the steps Read more about Seven States will Pilot Teacher Preparation Changes[…]

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Studies Cast Doubt on Race to the Top

Two recent studies have shown that Race to the Top, the Obama Administration’s signature education initiative to help states close achievement gaps, has not lived up to its billing. The first, by Elaine Weiss of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, argues that a lack of time, resources, and tools to address opportunity gaps puts Read more about Studies Cast Doubt on Race to the Top[…]

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TEACHED films bolstered by $50,000 grant from TFA

Teach For America (TFA) announced the winners of its annual Social Innovation Award, including education advocate-turned-filmmaker Kelly Amis, who was one of the first 500 college graduates to be accepted into this national teacher recruitment program. Amis will receive a $50,000 grant from TFA’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative to support TEACHED, an innovative series of short Read more about TEACHED films bolstered by $50,000 grant from TFA[…]

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