Request for Application Release Date: Feb. 28, 2017
Deadline for Application: March 30, 2017
The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is soliciting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Title II, Part A – State Agency for Higher Education (SAHE) Teacher Quality Improvement (TQI) Grant Program competition. Please note that pursuant to the December 10, 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the FY 2017 grant cycle will be the last cycle for the Title II, Part A SAHE-TQI grant. OSSE is soliciting applications for the development and provision of professional development programs aimed at enhancing student achievement in eligible Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). The purpose of these professional development programs will be to ensure that teachers, highly qualified paraprofessionals, and, if appropriate, principals have subject matter knowledge in the core academic subjects they teach, and build upon the skills necessary to help students master core academic subjects. The TQI Grant Program is authorized under Part A, Subpart 3 of Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended prior to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
Available Funding for Awards: The amount available for this award period is $279,601.
Anticipated Number and Amount of Awards: Historically, OSSE has issued approximately two to three TQI Grant Awards, annually. Awards have ranged from approximately $75,000 to $175,000.
Award Period: The grant programmatic and fiscal implementation period for award funds will be from the date of the grant award to Sept. 30, 2017, with a one year carryover period. The last date of the grant period is Sept. 30, 2018.
Eligibility: The TQI Grant Program is a partnership grant. An eligible application must include the following principal partners at a minimum:
- A private or State institution of higher education and the division of the institution that prepares teachers and principals;
- A school or college of arts and sciences at an institution of higher education; and
- A high need LEA.
State Application Priority: OSSE has aligned federal priorities of the TQI Grant Program within four areas of focus, identified as OSSE priorities for this grant funding opportunity. Grant applications that are awarded funding during the FY 2017 cycle will describe proposed programs which substantially address one or more of the following focus areas:
- Professional development programs aimed at supporting the creation of high-quality induction systems for new teachers of core subject areas. Prospective applicants may consider developing a corps of highly effective master educators with the intent of helping new teachers and other teachers not rated highly effective to become highly effective. Funding may also be used to support implementation or revision of already existing induction systems. These initiatives shall target a majority of teachers and/or principals rated as effective or minimally effective per the LEA’s evaluation system, with professional development geared toward moving these teachers toward earning highly effective ratings.
- Professional development programs aimed at supporting training of teachers through IHE-LEA teacher residency partnerships. Applicants may consider using funding to supplement existing teacher residency programs. Prospective applicants may consider forming a consortium of LEAs for residency placements and to provide broad supports for teacher residents.
- Professional development programs aimed at supporting LEA instruction to special populations.
Applicants may consider using funding to better prepare administrators and teachers to instruct students with disabilities and/or English learners. Funding will target a majority of teachers who provide instruction to special populations in state learning standards (e.g., Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards). Prospective applicants may also consider forming a consortium of LEAs that will help other LEAs to successfully provide instruction to special populations through the provision of targeted professional development and by modeling best practices.
- Professional development programs aimed at facilitating implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in DC LEAs and schools. Applicants will target a cadre of highly effective STEM teachers within the high need LEA, or a consortium of high-need LEAs to participate in NGSS-specific training, who will return to their schools and LEAs to lead NGSS-specific professional development to other STEM teachers. Applicants should demonstrate a strong intention to provide opportunities for participants to have direct contact with individuals and organizations that represent STEM fields such as scientists, mathematicians, engineers, etc. Programs designed under this option will demonstrate how they intend to be used as a model to support effective instruction across the District of Columbia.
The Request for Applications (RFA) will be released Tuesday, Febr. 28, 2017 through OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS). The online system and training videos may be accessed by visiting http://grants.osse.dc.gov. The deadline for application is Thursday, March 30, 2017.
A Pre-application informational webinar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, from 1-3 p.m. You may RSVP by emailing Annette Thacker-Bartlett at [email protected]. It is strongly recommended that applying organizations participate in the pre-application webinar. Applicants may email questions to Annette Thacker-Bartlett at [email protected].