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2018-2021 Learning Technology Grant Application

Grants to New York School Districts and BOCES
for Technology Programs to Personalize Learning

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Office of Educational Design and Technology

LOI Date:

05/29/18

Deadline Date:

07/03/18 Postmarked

Description:

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Grants to New York public school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services for technology programs that will enhance the quality of education. The purpose of this program is to provide students with effective personalized learning methods. Applications are invited for the development and implementation of creative programs that use technology to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate learning environments.

Purpose of Grant:

To develop, implement, and share innovative programs that utilize learning technologies to personalize learning and/or increase access to high-quality, rigorous learning experiences (such as through online, distance, or blended learning), as well as professional development programs to assist teachers and educational leaders in effectively utilizing learning technology to enhance teaching and learning. These programs (and component activities, materials, courses, etc.) will focus on improving culturally- and linguistically-responsive learning environments, and will support the mission of the NYS Board of Regents, which is to ensure that every child has equitable access to the highest quality educational opportunities, services and supports in schools that provide effective instruction aligned to the state’s standards, as well as positive learning environments so that each child is prepared for success in college, career, and citizenship.

Application Guidance Purpose:

The Learning Technology Grant program promotes collaboration among public school districts, BOCES, and Religious and Independent Schools to develop, implement, and share programs, activities, and materials to facilitate the delivery of quality instruction, increase equitable access to high-quality learning experiences, and promote culturally- and linguistically-responsive learning environments for all students using educational technology.

Program Goals:

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recognizes that technology is a powerful tool that provides opportunities to more efficiently and effectively personalize learning, including providing individualized support and resources. Personalized learning is centered on tailoring instruction and learning experiences to support individual learners’ strengths and needs, in turn promoting cultural and linguistic responsiveness for all students.

NYSED recognizes that technology can be utilized to provide opportunities, through online, blended, and distance learning, for increased equity in accessing high-quality courses and learning experiences that might not otherwise be available, such as in rural and high-needs schools, as well as in schools that serve a high percentage of students who are identified as ELL/MLL or students with disabilities.

In addition, NYSED recognizes that quality, ongoing teacher and administrator professional development on best practices and instructional methodologies related to educational technology is critical to successful implementation.

Therefore, the program goals of the Learning Technology Grant are as follows:

1. The creation of fully-developed programs that utilize learning technology (also referred to as educational technology) to enhance teaching and learning, improve culturally- and/or linguistically-responsive learning environments, and support the goals of the NYS Board of Regents. Programs must address on one (or a combination) of the following Focus Areas:

-Personalized Learning
-Online, Blended, and/or Distance Learning
-Professional Development on Topics Related to Educational Technology

2. Implementation of programs with intended audiences of students, teachers, or administrators.

3. Evidence-based evaluation of programs to determine program strengths and weaknesses, adjustments to be made, additional areas for development, and next steps, with the goal of increasing effectiveness, efficiency, scope, and scale.

4. Publication of programs on district website(s), including any and all materials and artifacts (with the exception of PII and artifacts created by K-12 students, such as coursework) produced over the course of the grant, provided in downloadable formats and under Creative Commons License, so that other NYS districts can freely use, copy, adapt, and implement similar programs in their districts. (See Appendix B for List of Possible Artifacts to be Produced During Grant Period.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157928

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,285,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual Community School Districts may receive one (1) maximum annual award of $100,000, and a Consortia of two (2) or more Community School Districts may receive one (1) maximum annual award of $200,000.

Individual Big 4 Districts may receive one annual grant of $200,000.

Individual District applicants in the Rest of State (ROS) may receive one (1) maximum annual award of $100,000. Consortia may receive one (1) maximum annual award of $200,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is three years, from September 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. A budget for Year One only (9/1/18 to 6/30/19) must be submitted with the application, together with a three-year budget summary. Funding beyond Year One will be contingent upon the State Legislature appropriating funds, satisfactory performance in the previous year, and timely receipt of the annual report. No extension or carryover of funds from year to year is allowed.

Please note that the annual award level is the same for Year One, even though the period is only ten (10) months (September 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public school districts and consortia of districts or district(s) and BOCES may apply.

Charter Schools are not eligible to apply.

-New York City proposals must be submitted by a Community School District (CSD), either as an individual CSD or as part of a consortium of two (2) or more CSDs.
-Big Four public school districts (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers) must apply individually.
-Rest of State (ROS) Consortia may be comprised of two or more districts and/or at least one district and at least one BOCES.
-BOCES may submit a proposal as part of a consortium with at least one district. BOCES are not eligible to apply for an individual award.
-Consortia cannot be comprised of only BOCES. Consortia can be comprised of multiple BOCES if at least one district is also a member of the consortium.
-All Consortia proposals must be submitted by the Consortium Lead. Consortia leads may be districts or BOCES. Consortia leads must play an active role in the program proposal; leads may not act solely as a flow-through for grant funds.
-All public school district applicants, either independent or as part of a Consortium, must give Religious and Independent Schools within their boundaries the opportunity to participate. Religious and Independent Schools choosing to participate must be given the opportunity for meaningful and substantial involvement in the development of the proposal. See Mandatory Requirements section for more information

Maximum number of proposals:
-Each New York City Community School District may submit one (1) application either individually or as part of a consortium with other Community School Districts.
-Each Big Four District may submit two (2) applications
-ROS Districts may submit one (1) application, either individually or as part of a consortium with other districts and/or BOCES.
-BOCES may submit one (1) proposal, as part of a consortium with another district(s) and/or district(s) and BOCES.

Preference, in the form of bonus points, shall be given to proposals submitted by a District or a Consortium that includes:
-One or more districts with at least one school identified as a Priority or Focus school.
-A District classified as a rural district.
-A District serving a high percentage of English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners (ELL/MLL) students, students with disabilities, or economically disadvantaged students.
-A Consortium may only receive bonus points once for each category, even if more than one consortium district qualifies for a category.

Pre-Application Information:

$3,285,000 will be allocated annually. Funds will be divided into three categories: New York City; the Big Four (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers) public school districts; and those from all other public school districts and BOCES in the Rest of State (ROS). Please see the Funding and Awards section of the RFP for additional information on funding distribution.

Applicants are requested to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by 5:00 PM on May 29, 2018. The LOI is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an LOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process.

All questions must be submitted by email by close of business, May 11, 2018. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted online no later than close of business, May 25, 2018.

Important Dates for Awarding Grants
-Applications must be postmarked by: July 3, 2018 (extended from June 8, 2018)
-Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification: September 2018
-Anticipated Project Period: September 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021

Memo:
http://www.nysed.gov/memo/edtech/changes-learning-technology-grant-program

6/12/18 - Application Deadline Extended:

-NYSED is extending the funding opportunity for the Learning Technology Grant Application for 2018–2021.
-Districts whose applications were postmarked by June 8, 2018 may revise their applications, if they so choose, but their current applications are still eligible for review.
-All applications must be postmarked by July 3, 2018.
-Applications will be disqualified if they fail to provide all mandatory attachments by the extended application deadline. Mandatory attachments are listed on page 14 of the announcement of funding opportunity, under the heading Mandatory Application Requirements.

Contact Information:

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

Program Matters:
Joanne Shawhan
LTG2018@nysed.gov

Fiscal Matters:
Adam Kutryb
LTG2018@nysed.gov

M/WBE Matters:
Marisa Boomhower
LTG2018@nysed.gov

New York State Education Department
Office of Educational Design & Technology
89 Washington Avenue, Room 880 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
Attn: Joanne Shawhan, Learning Technology Grant Application

Funding or Pin Number:

GC#15-011

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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