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Supports the use of telecommunications to improve teaching by assisting elementary school and secondary school teachers to prepare all students to achieve challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards in core curriculum areas. To use innovative strategies to deliver professional development content (such as through the Internet, online portals, learning modules, games, simulations, cell phones, and other technological applications or emerging digital media platforms) to teachers serving high-need students, including early learners, in the persistently lowest-achieving schools (as defined in the final requirements for the School Improvement Grants program, 74 FR 65618; 75 FR 3375.

To develop and disseminate products and project results through OER. OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or repurposing by others. This invitational priority encourages applications that include plans that describe how the applicants will make the grant products and resources developed with these grant funds freely available through various media platforms, in an effort to share digital professional development methodologies, proven teaching strategies, and lessons learned in implementing RTT projects with other educators, including early learning professionals. Projects should propose an evaluation plan that is based on rigorous, scientifically based research methods to assess the effectiveness of a particular intervention. The Secretary intends that this priority will allow program participants and the Department to determine whether the project produces meaningful effects on student achievement or teacher performance.

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GrantWatch ID#: 123673

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Number of Grants:

2 to 4

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Term of Contract:

1 + 3 years


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive a General Programming Grant, an applicant must be a nonprofit telecommunications entity or partnership of such entities. If more than one non-profit telecommunications entity wishes to form a consortium and jointly submit a single application, they must follow the procedures for group applications described in 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129 of EDGAR.

Pre-proposal Conference:
To view the webnar that took place on April 15th.

Pre-Application Information:

The Department will be able to develop a more efficient process for reviewing grant applications if it has a better understanding of the number of entities that intend to apply for funding under this program. Therefore, the Secretary strongly encourages each potential applicant to notify the Department by sending a short e-mail message indicating the applicant\'s intent to submit an application for funding. The e-mail need not include information regarding the content of the proposed application, only the applicant\'s intent to submit it. This e-mail notification should be sent to Sharon Harris at Applicants that fail to provide this e-mail notification may still apply for funding.

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

Sharon Harris
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4W216
Washington, DC 20202-5980.
Telephone: (202) 205-5880
TDD, call 1-800-877-8339.

ED Pubs, U.S. Department of Education,
P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304.
Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827.
FAX: (703) 605-6794.
TDD), call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734. also:

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