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Applications Open: Supporting Effective Educator Development Grants

SEED Grant Program

On April 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education via the Federal Register announced that applications are available for the FY20 grant cycle of the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program. With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, this program was expanded to include institutions of higher education as participants in the program. The Department estimates that $22 million will be available for these 3-year grants. 

The SEED grant program’s main goal is to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices that prepare, develop, or enhance the skills of educators. This program is designed to encourage the use of rigorous evidence in selecting and implementing opportunities to support educator’s development across the continuum of their careers, including preparation, recruitment, evaluation, professional learning, and leadership development.

The FY20 grant cycle has the following Absolute Priorities:

  • Supporting Effective Teachers
  • Supporting Effective Principals or Other School Leaders

The FY20 grant cycle has three Competitive Preference Priorities:

  • Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, with a Particular Focus on Computer Science
  • Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students to Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizen
  • Spurring Investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones (as designated by the Secretary of the Treasury under section 1400Z-1 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC)

Full details can be found via the announcement in the Federal Register, including details on the absolute and competitive priorities, as well as definitions and allowable activities.

Key deadlines

  • April 20 – Prerecorded informational webinars designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants for grants under the SEED program will be made available on the SEED webpage
  • May 13 – Notice of Intent to Apply (not required, but encouraged)
  • June 12 – Deadline for application

Full details can be found via the announcement in the Federal Register, including details on the absolute and competitive priorities, as well as definitions and allowable activities.


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Deborah Koolbeck

Senior Director of Government Relations, AACTE

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