Education Department seeks Applications for Student Test Fee Waivers

The Department is currently seeking applications for the Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program and the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program. The AP Test Free Program awards grants to states to enable them to pay all or a portion of AP test fees on behalf of low-income students.  Applications are due June 3.  The Read more about Education Department seeks Applications for Student Test Fee Waivers[…]

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ED Launches 2013 i3 Competition

The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $150 million 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition with the release of the program’s invitation for pre-applications for the i3 “Development” grant category and the notice of final priorities for the i3 program overall. The announcement incorporates several improvements the Department has made to Read more about ED Launches 2013 i3 Competition[…]

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Spencer Foundation: “Evidence for the Classroom” Request for Proposals

The Spencer Foundation, an organization that investigates “ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world,” is seeking research studies to inform the current push for data-based educational reforms. Here is more from the press release: We announce a second-round Request for Proposals (RFP) to promote research that examines the assumptions underlying Read more about Spencer Foundation: “Evidence for the Classroom” Request for Proposals[…]

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Education Department Demands more Evidence

Big changes may be coming in the way the Department of Education selects grant recipients. Last year, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo to federal agencies requiring them to demonstrate the use of evidence in their fiscal 2014 budget requests. This new requirement signals a shift of emphasis toward the use of Read more about Education Department Demands more Evidence[…]

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BetterLesson offers Stipend for Master Math Teachers

BetterLesson has partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to offer a two-year program for master math teachers to develop Common Core aligned math curriculum that they would share with other teachers.  For those skilled teachers selected, BetterLesson is offering a stipend of $30,000 paid out over the course of 1.5 years for contracted, Read more about BetterLesson offers Stipend for Master Math Teachers[…]

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16 Race to the Top District Winners Announced

On December 11, 2012, the Education Department announced the 16 winners of the Race to the Top school district grants (RTTD).  61 Finalists had been announced recently out of an original 372 districts that turned in applications in November. A total of $400 million was due to go out, and winners ranged from $10 million Read more about 16 Race to the Top District Winners Announced[…]

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NBPTS and edTPA partners to Create Online Video Library for Teacher Preparation

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $3 million “Investing in Innovation” grant to a partnership of educational organizations that will aid in two major educational initiatives: better preparing new teachers and bolstering math and science instruction. The project will operate under the leadership of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and Read more about NBPTS and edTPA partners to Create Online Video Library for Teacher Preparation[…]

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Race to the Top-District Finalists Announced

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 61 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The 2012 RTTT-D program will provide close to $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and Read more about Race to the Top-District Finalists Announced[…]

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Grant Funding for PreK-12 and Higher Education

CDW-G has launched an easy to use website that is a  relevant and reliable source of active grants and awards to help offset budget challenges in PreK through grade 12 and higher education institutions. GetEdFunding is a curated collection of more than 750 active grants and awards. Only funders that are willing to accept Letters Read more about Grant Funding for PreK-12 and Higher Education[…]

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2012 Teacher Incentive Fund Grantees Announced

The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday 35 grants awarded to improve pay structures, reward great teachers and principals and provide greater professional opportunities to teachers in high poverty schools. Winning applicants comprise districts, partnering districts, states, and nonprofits that together serve nearly 1,000 schools in 150 urban, suburban, and rural school districts in 18 Read more about 2012 Teacher Incentive Fund Grantees Announced[…]

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Nearly 900 Districts Intend to Apply for Race to the Top Funding

On Friday,  the U.S. Department of Education announced that 893 potential applicants have submitted their intent to apply for the 2012 Race to the Top-District program, which will provide close to $400 million to support local reforms that will personalize learning, close achievement gaps and prepare each student for college and their careers. The Race Read more about Nearly 900 Districts Intend to Apply for Race to the Top Funding[…]

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Big City Districts Bail on TIF Grants

Three large school districts, Chicago, Milwaukee, and New York, have bailed out of Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants.  The Teacher Incentive Fund’s competitive grant program aims at promoting performance-based compensation and PD for educators.  Overall, the three districts forfeited $88 million. The problem?  A lack of teacher buy-in for the grants’ promises.  Under the first Read more about Big City Districts Bail on TIF Grants[…]

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Georgia Still in Hot Water Over Race to the Top

The U.S. Department of Education has not been swayed by Georgia’s passionate defense of its teacher-evaluation plans, which are somewhat in conflict with what the state promised to do when it won a coveted Race to the Top grant. In a new letter to the state, the federal department’s Race to the Top implementer-in-chief Ann Read more about Georgia Still in Hot Water Over Race to the Top[…]

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Race to the Top – District Proposal Application

The Department of Education has released the application materials for the latest round of the Race to the Top (RTT) competition.  Geared towards individual school districts, this round will award grants from $5 – $40 million, depending on the size of the school district.  From the application: The Race to the Top – District competition Read more about Race to the Top – District Proposal Application[…]

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Pre-Applicants Identified for 2012 ‘i3’ Competition

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced 124 highly-rated Development pre-applicants for the Investing in Innovation (i3) fund, all of which are invited to apply for a share of the nearly $150 million 2012 competition. “Every year, i3 brings in hundreds of applications with groundbreaking ideas on how to accelerate student achievement,” said Assistant Read more about Pre-Applicants Identified for 2012 ‘i3’ Competition[…]

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The 2012 Teacher Incentive Fund Grant Competition

The U.S. Department of Education announced the final application period for the $285 million Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) 2012 competition. This round of the competition includes a new focus on supporting district-wide evaluation systems that reward success, offer greater professional opportunities, and drive decision-making on recruitment, development, and retention of effective teachers and principals. The Read more about The 2012 Teacher Incentive Fund Grant Competition[…]

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