California Department of Education (CDE)
Grants to California public high schools, county offices of education, charter schools, and consortia of LEAs for innovative educational programs. Funding is intended for new programs related to technical education that benefit students in grades nine through twelve. Funding may be used for ongoing curriculum development and professional development.
The SSP is authorized by the California Education Code (EC) sections 58800–58806, that provide start-up funds for the establishment of a new, innovative specialized program or school for pupils in grades nine through twelve in high schools. The SSP faculty is expected to develop new standards-based model curriculum that provides enhanced learning opportunities in a specialized content area related to a specific career technical education (CTE) pathway as identified in the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards. The Legislature intends for the SSP to benefit the state economy by having SSP schools located in close proximity to related industries.
As a result, the California Department of Education (CDE) expects high-quality, innovative approaches to curriculum and instruction. Programs selected for funding are structured for participating students to engage in areas of study in a deeper, practical, and integrated way. Additionally, programs are designed for students to develop knowledge and skills that will prepare them for postsecondary education and careers. Funded programs are expected to plan two new, sequenced courses in two consecutive grade levels. Not only does the SSP approach often lead to recognizable benefits for the entire school, LEA, and local community, this approach can also serve as a model for effective educational practices for other schools in the state.
GrantWatch ID#: 176180
Up to 14 planning grants may be awarded this year through the selection process.
- The SSP grant provides funding opportunities for planning grants up to $35,000.
- Typically, implementation grants are funded for approximately $100,000 during the first year of implementation, $75,000 for the second year, and $35,000 for the third year.
This SSP grant provides funding for the grant period beginning September 1, 2021, through August 31, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit applications by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions should be directed to Alicia Aguirre, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, High School Innovations and Initiatives Office at the email address above or by telephone at 916-319-0472.
High School Innovations and Initiatives Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
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