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Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG) Program: Special Education-Related Professional Development

Grant to a California Nonprofit or IHE to Provide
Professional Literacy Education for Educators

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Special Education Division and California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE)

Conf. Date:

12/10/19

LOI Date:

01/06/20

Deadline Date:

02/14/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grant to a California nonprofit organization or institute of higher education to provide professional literacy education for teachers. Funding is intended for the creation, design, and implementation of learning opportunities that will enable access to grade-level provision for students with disabilities, within the general education environment.

The California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) invite institutions of higher education (IHEs) and nonprofit organizations (NPOs) with expertise in developing and providing professional learning to teachers and paraprofessionals in public schools serving kindergarten and grades one through twelve, inclusive, to apply for a grant to create, design, and deliver professional learning opportunities for teachers and paraprofessionals in the area of literacy development with the ultimate goal of providing access for students with disabilities to their grade-level content standards within the general education environment. The professional learning activities must be designed to support teachers and paraeducators in implementing high-quality instruction must use a coaching approach to build capacity and must integrate evidence-based practices and interventions within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework that aligns with the California Statewide System of Support structure.

One grantee will collaboratively work with the Statewide System of Support to build the capacity of LEAs across the state to create, design, and deliver professional learning opportunities for teachers and paraprofessionals in the area of literacy development with the ultimate goal of providing access for students with disabilities to their grade-level content standards within the general education environment. Professional learning opportunities for teachers, paraprofessionals, school leaders, and counselors should include strategies for high-quality instruction and special education-related professional development aligned to the QPLS and that address, but are not limited to, the following five areas specified below:

  • Inclusive practices for general education and special education settings, including a universal design for learning (UDL) to help educators teach all students regardless of ability and teaching models that support these practices, including co-teaching
  • General procedures for identifying individuals with disabilities and developing appropriate individualized education programs for these students 
  • Alternative dispute resolution procedures
  • Strategies for supporting students with particular disabilities in a general education setting
  • Support for students with overlapping educational needs, particularly those with an individualized education program who are also identified as English learners

The professional development efforts may include, but are not limited to the following goals:

  • Creating professional learning materials to inform teachers, paraprofessionals, school leaders, and counselors of practices that encourage and support diverse students
  • Providing coaching and coaching support focused on teacher and paraeducator needs
  • Identifying and sharing models of effective practice to provide exemplars of best practice around curricular and instructional practice for teachers and other instructional staff
  • Encouraging COEs, LEAs, and IHEs to form partnerships that focus on long-term professional learning of teachers to enhance their special education-related content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and instructional strategies
  • Encouraging IHEs to assume greater responsibility for improving special education-related teacher education and to bring together K–12 teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and counselors for mutual professional growth 

Positive consideration will be given to applicants who propose to partner with a county office of education or a consortium of county offices of education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187569

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Number of Grants:

One

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds are available based on the application and proposed budget.

Term of Contract:

This application covers the grant period beginning May 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2023. The grant period is three years and two months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Lead applicants must be an institution of higher education (IHE) or a non-profit organization (NPO) with demonstrated expertise in developing and providing professional learning to teachers and paraprofessionals in public schools serving kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge and capacity to implement special education-related professional development in a manner that aligns with the Statewide System of Support. If multiple IHEs or NPOs partner, a lead applicant must be identified.

Funds may not be used for rental of a venue to provide professional learning unless the expense is determined by the CDE to be a necessary and reasonable expense.

Funds provided under this grant may not be used for the following purposes:
- Supplanting of existing funding and efforts
- Acquisition of equipment for administrative or personal use
- Acquisition of furniture (e.g., bookcases, chairs, desks, file cabinets, tables), unless an integral part of an equipment workstation or to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities
- Food services, refreshments, banquets, meals
- Purchase of space
- Payment for memberships in professional organizations
- Purchase of promotional favors, such as bumper stickers, pencils, pens, or T- shirts
- Subscriptions to journals or magazines, or
- Travel to states included in Assembly Bill 1887’s (Statutes of 2016) travel prohibition list found at https://oag.ca.gov/ab1887

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an application workshop webinar on December 10, 2019, at 11:00 AM.

To register email the Special Education Division.

Pre-Application Information:

An Intent to Submit an Application form is required if the institution of higher education/nonprofit organization (IHE/NPO) plans to submit an application. The form is due by January 6, 2020, 5:00 PM.

Applications are due by February 14, 2020, by 5:00 PM. The expected notification date is April 17, 2020.

Webinar Information: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r18/seewig19ltr2.asp

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://surveys2.cde.ca.gov/s.asp?k=157532780066

Program and Fiscal
Allison Smith, Education Programs Consultant
916-319-0377
SEEWIG@cde.ca.gov

Division Special Education Division
916-445-4613 (phone)
916-327-3553 (fax)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California

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