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Teach Iowa Scholar (TIS) Program

Grants to Iowa Teachers for Teaching in
Eligible Shortage Areas Across the State

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Iowa College Aid

Deadline Date:

11/15/19

Description:

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Grants of up to $4,000 to Iowa teachers working in designated shortage areas throughout the State. Eligible applicants for the 2019-2020 school year are teachers who graduated in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 school years. The designated shortage areas are ranked in priority order.

The following fields have been designated by the Iowa Department of Education as shortages in Iowa for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers who teach in these areas and whose license has the required endorsement and has eligible BEDS codes can qualify for TIS awards. The list below shows the designated shortage areas in order from highest (1) need to lowest need (14) which factors into Awarding Priority:

  1. Hearing Impaired: Birth to 21
  2. Visually Impaired: Birth to 21
  3. Industrial Technology: 5-12
  4. Instructional Strategist I Mild/Moderate: K-8 & 5-12
  5. Instructional Strategist II BD/LD & ID: K-12
  6. Teacher Librarian: K-8, 5-12 & K-12
  7. Family and Consumer Sciences: 5-12
  8. Professional School Counselor: K-8 & 5-12
  9. Agriculture: 5-12
  10. Physics: 5-12
  11. Talented & Gifted: K-12
  12. English as a Second Language: K-12
  13. Foreign Language: K-12
  14. PreK-Grade 3 Regular/Special Education (serving in Special Education or in Early Childhood inclusive classrooms only): PreK-3

Awards will be granted according to the following priority with 1 being the highest priority:

  1. Teachers from all prior years renewing their TIS award
  2. Teachers who graduated from a teacher preparation program during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year and who are working full-time in 2019-20, in shortage areas. If all teachers in category 2 can't be funded, teachers will be ranked according to:
    1. Shortage area in which they teach
    2. Iowa resident status
    3. Date of application

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150336

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $4,000 a year

Term of Contract:

Up to consecutive years of full-time employment

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must:
- Graduate from a teacher preparation program on/after January 1, 2013 (including undergraduate, masters or intern programs)*
- Only teachers who complete a bachelor's or master's teacher preparation program on/after January 1, 2013, are eligible; completing coursework to add an endorsement to your teaching license does not qualify.*
- Graduate in the top 25% academically of all teacher preparation program graduates during the academic year in which you graduated. ‘Top 25% academically’ is defined and certified by the college/university from which you graduated.
- Secure full-time employment for the 2019-20 school year in a designated shortage area at a school district, area education agency, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school recognized and approved by the Iowa Department of Education.
- Have an Iowa teaching license and the corresponding endorsement of the shortage area in which you teach.
Submit the TIS application by November 15, 2019.
- Teaching assignment code must be an eligible BEDS code.

Due to funding limitations, only applications from 2017/18 and 2018/19 graduates are being solicited for the 2019-20 application cycle.

Teachers with the following license types will be considered for TIS awards:
- Initial
- Standard
- Master Educators
- Class E
- Administrative Decision
- Regional Exchange
- Class B/Conditional
- Initial Professional Service
- Professional Service

The teacher's license must have the required endorsement corresponding to the shortage area in which they teach.

Teacher employment will be verified using BEDS codes reported by your school. Only teachers whose BEDS code(s) relate to the shortage area will be considered for awards.

Pre-Application Information:

The application for the 2019-20 academic year will open on September 1. Apply on or after that date.

FAQs: https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/FAQs

Contact Information:

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

Apply online from September 1: https://apps.iowacollegeaid.gov/tis/tis_application.asp

Iowa College Aid
info@iowacollegeaid.gov
475 SW Fifth St., Suite D
Des Moines, IA 50309
515.725.3400
877.272.4456

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