Feds Launch Inaugural Teacher and School Leader Grant Competition
The United States Department of Education yesterday announced a new grant competition to train teachers that serve low-income and minority children.
The Teacher and School Leader (TSL) program is designed to assist states, local educational agencies and nonprofit organizations in developing, implementing, improving and expanding “comprehensive performance-based competition systems or human capital management systems for teachers, principals and other school leaders,” according to the program website.
The TSL grants are especially geared to help educators in high-need schools where there is a need to “raise student academic achievement and close the achievement gap between high- and low-performing students.” Approximately $250 million has been requested for the program for FY 2017, but funding is contingent future appointments to Congress.
The grants will:
- Allow educators to identify opportunities to improve their schools;
- Create professional development and support systems that are tailored to educators’ individual needs; and
- Help districts and schools attract “a diverse, effective workforce,” according to the TSL program site.
Authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the TSL program replaces the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program that provided $2 billion to fund similar efforts to increase student achievement over the last 10 years, particularly for math and science.
Applications for the grant competition opened today. The deadline to submit applications is March 24, 2017. Apply are available on the ED site here.