Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program (SEED)

Below is a high-level summary of the Supporting Effective Educator Development Program (SEED) funded by U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). In addition, you'll find information on how your district or state can take advantage of Insight's services to support your grant application. 

Purpose

On March 21, 2018, the USDOE opened the application for new awards for fiscal year 2018. Deadline for submission of applications is May 17, 2018.

The program's purpose is "to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of evidence-based preparation, development, or enhancement opportunities for educators."

Award Information

  • Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 17, 2018
  • Estimated Range of Awards: $1,000,000-$6,000,000 per project year
  • Estimated Average Size of Awards: $3,500,000 per project year
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 5-8 Project
  • Period: Up to 36 months, with renewal of up two additional years

Eligible Applicants

  • (a) An Institution of Higher Education that provides course materials or resources that are evidence-based in increasing academic achievement, graduation rates, or rates of postsecondary education matriculation;
  • (b) A National Nonprofit Organization with a demonstrated record of raising student academic achievement, graduation rates, and rates of higher education attendance, matriculation, or completion, or of effectiveness in providing preparation and professional development activities and programs for teachers, principals, or other school leaders;
  • (c) The Bureau of Indian Education; or
  • A partnership consisting of— (i) One or more entities described in paragraph (a) or (b); and (ii) A for-profit entity

Absolute Priorities

Per the grant regulations, applicants may address only one absolute priority and must clearly indicate the specific absolute priority their project addresses.

1. AP1: Supporting Effective Teachers

This priority is for projects that will implement activities that are supported by Moderate Evidence. Applicants under this priority may propose one or more of the following activities:

(1) Providing teachers from nontraditional preparation and certification routes or pathways to serve in traditionally underserved Local Educational Agencies (LEAs);

(2) Providing teachers with Evidence-Based Professional Development activities that address literacy, numeracy, remedial, or other needs of LEAs and the students the agencies serve; or 

(3) Providing teachers with Evidence-Based professional enhancement activities, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential.

2. AP2: Supporting Effective Principals or Other School Leaders

This priority is for projects that will implement activities that are supported by Promising Evidence. Applicants under this priority may propose one or more of the following activities:

(1) Providing principals or other School Leaders from nontraditional preparation and certification routes or pathways to serve in traditionally underserved LEAs;

(2) 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; or

(3) Providing principals or other School Leaders with Evidence-Based professional enhancement activities, which may include activities that lead to an advanced credential.

Competitive Preference Priorities

Per the grant regulations:

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

Invitational Priority

USDOE does not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

  • Support for the Use of Micro-Credential

Get started by downloading the Sample Application Package.

Insight Education GroupHow Insight Can Help

The team at Insight Education Group has assisted states and districts with successful federal grant applications totaling more than $500 million, including most recently a USDOE Teacher and School Leader Incentive grant in 2017.

Since 2000, we have supported schools, districts, charter management organizations and states through some of their largest challenges, including:

  • creating effective human capital management systems,
  • developing and implementing strategic plans with district and state leaders,
  • successfully turning around under-performing schools, and
  • training and supporting current and aspiring leaders.

The efficacy of our work has been documented in prominent studies such as:

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching Project
  • Harvard's Center for Education Policy Research's The Best Foot Forward Project
  • RAND Corporation's Improving Teaching Effectiveness: Access to Effective Teaching
  • Georgia's Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA)'s 2015-2016 End-of-Year Evaluation Report for the Reading Mentors Program

The following services from Insight align with absolute priorities 1 and 2 listed above.

Insight Service 1TRACTION for School Improvement™
An evidence-based school improvement model created from implementation science that helps principals and their leadership teams execute on their most important priorities.

Insight Service 2Supporting Teacher Effectiveness Project (STEP)
A systemic, asset-based professional learning community (PLC) approach to finding the bright spots in a school site and then replicating them.

Insight Service 3Leadership Academies
An in-person, customized professional development experience delivered on-site in districts principals, vice principals, aspiring leaders, and teacher leaders.

Insight Service 4Coaching for Change
Results-oriented, job-embedded instructional coaching model that ensures new knowledge and skills translate directly into effective practices for teachers and instructional coaches.

Insight Service 5The Insight ADVANCE Suite
An award-winning suite of products that support educator observation, coaching and calibration—through the power of video and in-person.

If you're interested in learning more about how Insight can support your grant application, let's set up a time to talk. Complete the form to the right (or below if you're on a mobile device).

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