Apply Today! Federal SEED Grant Applications Now Open

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The U.S. Department of Education has announced a new round of applications for the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant program. Intent to apply is due April 5, and full applications are due May 17.

The new grant competition has two absolute priorities, one competitive preference priority, and one invitational priority:

Absolute Priorities (each of the two absolute priorities constitutes its own funding category)

  • Supporting Effective Teachers – projects that support one or more of the following activities:
    • Providing teachers from nontraditional preparation and certification routes or pathways to serve in traditionally underserved local educational agencies (LEAs)
    • Providing teachers with evidence-based professional development activities that address literacy, numeracy, remedial, or other needs of LEAs
    • Providing teachers with evidenced-based professional enhancement activities, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential
  • Supporting Effective Principals or Other School Leaders – applicants may propose one or more of the following activities:
    • Providing principals or other school leaders from nontraditional preparation and certification routes or pathways to serve in traditionally underserved LEAs
    • Providing principals or other school leaders with evidence-based professional development activities that address literacy, numeracy, remedial, or other needs of LEAs and the students the agencies serve
    • Providing principals or other school leaders with evidence-based professional enhancement activities that lead to an advanced credential

Note: The notice provides explicit instructions on what constitutes “evidence-based,” so be sure to carefully review all requirements.

Competitive Preference Priority (up to an additional three points may be awarded for applicants successfully addressing this priority)

  • Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, with a Particular Focus on Computer Science

Invitational Priority (applicants do not receive any preference for addressing this priority)

  • Support for the Use of Micro-Credentials

For this grant cycle, the Department anticipates awarding five to eight grants with an average award of $3.5 million per project year for a duration of up to 36 months, with a possibility of renewal for up to 2 years.

Programs interested in applying are encouraged to review the full notice and submit their intent to apply by April 5 (completed applications are due May 17). The Department intends to host a webinar to review application information at a date to be determined – please be sure to check the Department’s website for updates once a webinar is scheduled.

Pssst: New Teacher Quality Partnership Grants?

In the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill just passed by Congress, the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant program received $43.1 million in funding. This means the Department could potentially issue a new round of TQP grants, depending on how it decides to utilize the funding. Stay tuned to Ed Prep Matters as we will be sure highlight a new opportunity if it is posted!

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Zachary VanHouten

Manager of Programs and Advocacy, AACTE

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