New York State Education Department (NYSED)
Grants to New York school districts and BOCES to assist teaching assistants and teacher aides in attaining the necessary professional training and education to obtain teacher certification. The program goals are to increase the diversity of the teaching workforce and address teacher shortages.
The New York State Education Department (“the Department”) seeks to use this appropriation to support development and implementation of a new model program that accomplishes the following goals:
- Develop an innovative, supportive pathway for teacher aides and teaching assistants to become certified teachers
- Increase the diversity of the teaching force in high-need districts and schools
- Address teacher shortages/needs in high-need districts and high-need schools
There are good reasons for districts to support teacher aides and teaching assistants (“TAs”) in becoming teachers. They understand the student body and the school environment because they are already working in the schools. They have roots in—and reflect the racial and linguistic diversity of—the local community. Yet for those who dream of becoming teachers, there are potential financial, academic, and logistic barriers to success:
- Their TA employment may conflict with the typical schedule of a full-time teacher preparation program. Few can afford to give up their current salary and benefits to enroll, while having to pay for tuition, fees, books, transportation, child care, and other costs. In addition to financial support and flexible scheduling, they need to be assured that their job security will not be negatively affected—indeed, that it will improve—as a result of their participation.
- Many TAs have been out of school for years and may need to review basic academic subjects in order to be fully prepared for college-level instruction. They may also need tutoring to help them meet general academic requirements. For some, their English language skills may be a barrier to entering or completing a college program.
- TAs from traditionally underrepresented groups may need assistance navigating the higher education system, to ensure they receive the financial aid and course credit for which they are eligible—including transfer credit and credit for what they have learned on the job.
- Stipends, cost of substitutes, or other payments or benefits for candidates to enable them to balance TA employment with student teaching and other program requirements
- Stipends for mentors
- Program staff services
- Cost of providing academic support necessary to enable candidates to participate in the program, e.g., tutoring, technology and tech support, textbooks
- Cost of providing non-academic support necessary to enable candidates to participate in the program, e.g., child care, transportation
- Costs of offering classes at convenient times and locations
- Costs of recruitment, orientation, counseling, mentor training
GrantWatch ID#: 184522
The Department anticipates making one award of $500,000, but the number of awards could be fewer or greater, depending on the size, quality, and cost of projects proposed.
The amount of funding is anticipated to be $500,000 over 5 years.
The project is anticipated to start on May 1, 2019 or following notification of award, whichever is later. The project is anticipated to run for up to five years following award.
For this grant opportunity, a high-need public school district, or a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (“BOCES”) that serves two or more such districts, must form an eligible partnership. To be considered for funding, eligible partnerships must propose to serve a minimum of 15 candidates.
The public school district or BOCES partner must serve as the applicant/fiscal agent for this grant program. The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) may apply as a whole, not as individual Community School Districts.
Each eligible partnership must include at least the following required partners:
- A high-need public school district (designated as High N/RC on the PDF list attached in Supporting Documents below), or a BOCES that serves two or more such districts; and
- A New York State degree-granting institution of higher education (IHE) with an undergraduate teacher preparation program that has been approved by NYSED to prepare teacher candidates and recommend them for certification in the certificate title that is the focus of this grant proposal, is registered with the Department, and has been in operation for at least 3 years. Please see the Inventory of Registered Programs: http://www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html
Additional required partners and signatures:
- If the lead applicant is a BOCES, at least two high-need school districts served by the BOCES must join the partnership and sign the MOA.
- If the lead applicant is NYCDOE, at least one Community School District must join the partnership and sign the MOA.
An eligible partnership may include additional partners, such as additional district(s) or BOCES to increase program reach and capacity; a community college offering core liberal arts and sciences courses; additional IHEs offering undergraduate teacher preparation programs registered with NYSED; and community engagement partners to aid in recruitment and support, such as a union, a My Brother’s Keeper Community, or a community-based organization that focuses on diversity issues.
Funds may not be used to supplant funding for pre-existing, substantially similar programs.
All materials, as detailed in the RFP, must be postmarked by November 26, 2018.
The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. The due date is November 15, 2018.
All questions must be submitted via e-mail by October 26, 2018. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted to NYSED's website no later than November 9, 2018.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit questions and Notices of Intent to TAcertpilot@nysed.gov
NYS Education Department
Attn: Allison Armour-Garb
89 Washington Avenue, Room 975 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
ATTN: RFP #GC19-009
USA: New York City; New York