OSP FO# 11-069

AGENCY: Department of Education (DoED)/Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII)

PROGRAM: Transition to Teaching Grant Program

OBJECTIVES: This program encourages the development and expansion of alternative routes to full State teacher certification, as well as the recruitment and retention of highly qualified mid-career professionals, recent college graduates, and highly qualified paraprofessionals as teachers in high-need schools operated by high-need local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that operate as high-need LEAs. The Department is particularly interested in: (1) projects that are designed and implemented in active partnerships or consortia that include at least one high-need LEA or high-need SEA; and (2) projects that are designed to address one or both of the following priority areas: a) Increasing the opportunities for high-quality preparation of, or professional development for, teachers or other educators of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects;(b) Increasing the number of individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including minorities, individuals with disabilities, and women, who are teachers or educators of STEM subjects and have increased opportunities for high-quality preparation or professional development.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Eligible applicants include an institution of higher education (IHE) in a partnership with a high-need LEA or a state educational agency (SEA). A high-need LEA is defined as an LEA (a) that serves not fewer than 10,000 children from families with incomes below the poverty line or for which not less than 20 percent of the children served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line; and (b) for which there is (1) a high percentage of teachers not teaching in the academic subjects or grade levels that the teachers were trained to teach, or (2) a high percentage of teachers with emergency, provisional, or temporary certification or licensing.

DEADLINE:
Notice of intent to apply (strongly encouraged): April 29, 2011
Full proposal: May 31, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The Department has established separate funding categories for projects of different scope. These categories are: (1) National/regional projects that serve eligible high-need LEAs in more than one State; (2) Statewide projects that serve eligible high-need LEAs statewide or eligible high-need LEAs in more than one area of a State; and (3) Local projects that serve one eligible high-need LEA or two or more eligible high-need LEAs in a single area of a State. The Department expects to make approximately 3 national/regional projects at an estimated average size of $600,000 per year for up to three years; approximately 5 statewide projects at an estimated average size of $475,000 per year for up to three years; and approximately 16 local projects at an estimated average size of $300,000 per year for up to three years.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Patricia Barrett
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Room 4C111
Washington, DC 20202-5960
Telephone: (202) 260-7350
Email: transitiontoteaching@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/programs/transitionteach/applicant.html
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-03-30/pdf/2011-7483.pdf

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# 84.350) 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.