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Building Teacher Leadership for Student-Centered Learning

Grants to New England Organizations, School Districts, and Schools
for High School Teacher Training to Promote Student-Centered Learning

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF)

Deadline Date:

11/28/17 11:30 AM EST

Description:

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Grants to Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut organizations, school districts, and schools for projects that strengthen or develop teacher training programs that promote student-centered learning for high school students in underserved locations.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that reshaping the education system to ensure that all students are college and career ready cannot happen without teachers playing a central role in those efforts. Teachers are well-positioned to play leadership roles on school and district level reform efforts to shift to a more student-centered approach. One principal in a school building is simply not enough for expanding student-centered learning practices across the school. Teachers must be utilized, empowered, and trained as leaders to enact this change across schools and districts.

This Request for Proposals describes the Foundation’s interest in funding seeks public school districts in New England interested in developing or strengthening teacher leadership opportunities that build systemic, authentic and deep teacher voice and leadership in district-level decision making and implementation of student-centered learning and equity. At the end of the 18-month grant cycle, the Foundation expects that grantees will have either:

- Launched a new teacher leadership opportunity and had one academic year of participation, or
- Strengthened an existing teacher leadership opportunity

NMEF’s work currently focuses on secondary education (high schools). While there are not exact criteria for ages/grades, it is expected that most of the teachers involved in the project will be high school educators. While all New England districts that have at least a 30 percent student population eligible for free lunch will receive consideration, a district’s concentration of underserved students will serve as a factor when determining grantees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182493

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$275,000

Number of Grants:

Up to 3

Term of Contract:

Grant related work should begin by January 2018 and will last between 12-18 months. The grant can include planning activities over the first third of the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School districts, schools, and organizations may apply.

All New England districts that have at least a 30 percent student population eligible for free lunch will receive consideration.

General eligibility requirements for the Foundation:

The Foundation operates exclusively for the benefit of, and to promote the charitable and educational purposes of, educational organizations, including universities, colleges, secondary schools, elementary schools, and other educational organizations which are described in IRC Section 501(c)(3) and which are not private foundations as described in IRC Section 509(a).

The Foundation’s activities include making grants to the public charities it supports and providing services to those organizations.

The Foundation only supports public charities described in IRC Section 509(a) (1) or 509 (a) (2) and only organizations that are organized in the United States.

The Foundation does not support religious groups or individuals, and does not fund capital campaigns, endowments, scholarships or fellowships, debt reduction or cash reserves, building construction or renovation, and certain indirect costs.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, November 28 at 11:30 AM EST.

FAQs: http://www.nmefoundation.org/grants/grant-faqs

Contact Information:

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

Online application: https://nmefoundation.foundationconnect.org/GrantsManager/Pages/V3/Portal/Login/Login.aspx?OrgID=00Di0000000HvnN&ReturnUrl=%2fgrantsmanager%2fPages%2fV3%2fPortal%2fgrantapplication.aspx%3fOrgID%3d00Di0000000HvnN%26RequestRT%3d012i0000000IDSr%26CampaignId%3d7011Y000002Anh0%26IsDirect%3dtrue

Alexis Harewood
aharewood@nmefoundation.org

For questions about the online system:

Stephanie Cheney
781.348.4240
scheney@nmefoundation.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont