OSP FO# 11-068

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Education (DOEd)/Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA)

PROGRAM: National Professional Development Program

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for professional development activities that are designed to improve classroom instruction for English Learners (ELs) and will assist educational personnel working with such children to meet high professional standards. Standards include licensing and certification for teachers who work in language instruction educational programs or serve ELs. The Department of Education is particularly interested in receiving proposal applications that address the following competitive and invitational priorities:
1) Projects that are designed to collect (or obtain), analyze, and use high-quality and timely data, including data on program participant outcomes, in accordance with privacy requirements, to improve instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes in elementary or secondary schools.
2) Projects that are designed to address increasing the opportunities for high-quality preparation of, or professional development for, teachers or other educators of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
3) Projects that are designed to address accelerating learning and helping to improve high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates for students in rural local educational agencies.
4) Projects designed to improve a teacher education program at an Institute of Higher Education (IHE) in order to better prepare all participants in a teacher education program to provide effective instruction to ELs.

 ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Institutions of higher education working in consortia with Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) or State educational agencies (SEAs) are eligible to apply to this program.

DEADLINE: May 9, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The Department anticipates $17.8 million in FY 2011 to fund 53 grants. Awards are estimated between $275,000 and $400,000 per year for up to five years.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Ana Garcia
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 5C147
Washington, DC 20202-6510
Telephone: (202) 401-1440
Email: Ana.Garcia@ed.gov
Web: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nfdp/applicant.html

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (CFDA# 84.365Z) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.