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California Environmental Literacy Project

Grants to California Local Educational Agencies
for Teacher Training on Environmental Education

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Standards Implementation Support Office - Educator Excellence and Equity Division

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12/19/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of $72,000 to California LEAs for professional development workshops for teachers to integrate environmental literacy into K-12 curricula. Funding is intended to provide educators with the tools, training, and networking necessary to provide students with quality, standards-based education around environmental issues.

Awarded projects will provide professional learning opportunities to a target audience made up of at least 75 percent of formal educators. For the purposes of this grant initiative, a formal educator is a teacher, paraprofessional, teacher on special assignment, principal, or other school leader employed by a local educational agency (LEA).

Project Requirements

A. Required Activities
Required activities conducted under this grant will serve California public schools and align with their needs.

1. Professional Learning and Formal Educator Support Activities
The project must provide multiple opportunities to the target audience. While a single workshop or event does not need to include all of the activities described below, the project plan must aim to achieve all activities listed below over the course of the project. Activities must assist the target audience with the following and include:
a. Strengthening knowledge of content, pedagogical, and instructional leadership skills for the continued implementation of the standards and frameworks and the EP&Cs
b. Identifying supplemental environmental education curriculum and/or activities meeting the following requirements: Align to current standards and frameworks; Available on an equitable basis to all students; Reflect the linguistic, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of California; Provide a learning experience for students related to the environment and the EP&Cs
c. Strengthening skills to provide an outdoor learning experience for students that can occur on the school site and meet the needs of the school's curriculum and the needs of students
d. Sharing information about effective policies, research-based practices, and strategies to increase student environmental literacy levels within their regions and across the state
e. Learning teaching strategies that integrate environmental literacy content with the use of linguistically and culturally responsive materials designed to address the academic, cultural, social, physical, and emotional well-being of students
f. Learning how to integrate environmental literacy content and principles to career pathways and to CTE curriculum and activities
g. Highlighting the CDE Green Ribbon School Award Program to assist with recruiting schools, districts, and/or providing technical assistance to those completing award applications

2. Other Required Activities
The project director will be responsible for:
a. Hosting one call or virtual meeting annually for all other grant recipient project directors and project staff to have the opportunity to share ideas, resources, and examples of best practices
b. Planning and budgeting to attend one annual in-person all day meeting of project leads in the Sacramento area
c. Participating in the CDE California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network Program by: Serving as a contact who will help connect the target audience with resources that meet the requirements set forth in this RFA; Vetting and entering content from multiple regions into a statewide website established to assist the CREEC Network; Sharing information about the project online and with others in the CREEC Network
d. Evaluating project work using the required Evaluation Plan.

B. Other Eligible Activity

In addition to the required activities described above, a project proposal may include plans to share information about the project with statewide education networks who are also providing high-quality curriculum resource materials. Networks could include, but are not limited to, the CCSESA, the CSMP, the CAN, and the California Environmental Education Interagency Network.

Allowable Activities and Costs:

Budgets for the use of grant funds will be reviewed and scored as part of the application process. Items deemed non-allowable, excessive, or inappropriate will be eliminated and the budget adjusted accordingly. Budgets that include non-allowable, excessive, or inappropriate items will receive a lower score. Generally, all expenditures must contribute to accomplishing the project’s goals and activities as described in the narrative. Allowable expenditures may include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Service contracts between members of the partnership or external service providers such as curriculum specialists and professional learning providers
2. Costs to support the travel and participation of members of the partnership
3. Costs to design, develop, and implement meetings and materials to facilitate the work of the project and networking with other projects
4. Costs to provide, produce, or advertise professional learning opportunities and materials for the project’s professional learning activities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184724

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Term of Contract:

Environmental Literacy Projects will be funded for one year. Projects may be funded for up to an additional two years based on project success.

Year one will begin November 1, 2018, and end June 30, 2019.
Year two will begin July 1, 2019, and end June 30, 2020.
Year three will begin July 1, 2020, and end June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only California County Offices of Education or County Superintendents of Schools are eligible to apply as the lead agency of the partnership.

If more than one COE is applying, a single COE must be identified as the lead official applicant (Applicant) and fiscal agent and for the partnership. Partners are eligible to receive funds by collaborating fully with the Applicant COE.

Non-allowable Activities and Costs

Funds provided under this grant may not be used to:
1. Supplant existing funding or efforts, including costs otherwise necessary to operate a school or program without this grant
2. Advertise events, opportunities, curriculum resources or instructional materials unrelated to the project’s professional learning activities
3. Travel to professional conferences
4. Acquire equipment for administrative or personal use
5. Purchase furniture (e.g., bookcases, chairs, desks, file cabinets, tables)
6. Purchase items that would fall under the standardized budget accounting code of 6000–6999 Capital Outlay
7. Purchase food services/refreshments/banquets/meals
8. Purchase or remodel facilities
9. Purchase promotional favors such as bumper stickers, pencils, pens, or T-shirts
10. Purchase subscriptions to journals or magazines
11. Travel outside of California
12. Fund activities or services not directly related to the purpose of this grant program

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by 5:00 PM
Submission of an LOI is encouraged but not required.

Deadline for Applications: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by 5:00 PM

For further information on this grant opportunity:

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Contact Information:

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

Program questions:
Shannon Gordon

Downloading questions:
Maxine Wheeler, Standards Implementation Support Office

Mail or deliver applications to:
Shannon Gordon, Education Programs Consultant
Standards Implementation Support Office
Educator Excellence and Equity Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-323-5847
FAX: 916-323-2833

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USA: California