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Teacher Leadership Problems of Practice Grant

Grants to Illinois School Districts and Education Agencies for Programs
that Foster the Development of and Retention of Teacher Leaders

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Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of $50,000 and grants of $75,000 to Illinois school districts and education agencies for programs that will help to retain and develop teacher leaders. Applicants must complete pre-qualification requirements prior to applying for the grant. Priority will be given to proposals for improving culturally responsive practices and promoting diversity among teacher leaders. Proposals that include cross-collaboration or partnerships with other education entities are preferred.

ISBE is seeking innovative approaches to recruiting, preparing, and utilizing teacher leaders as agents of change in PreK-12 public school districts. Districts, schools, or faculty members of state-approved teacher leadership programs who are interested in empowering schools or districts to build a network of exceptional instructional leaders are invited to propose research projects centered on a problem of practice focusing on teacher leadership. ISBE is interested in proposals for new, innovative approaches or expansion upon research-based teacher leader practices that show promise for success in recruiting, preparing or developing teacher leaders.

Proposals shall include a description of an identified local problem of practice, including data and research to support the work, detail investigative measures that will be undertaken to better understand the problem at hand, and propose actionable solutions or approaches (including ways in which they will be enacted) for remedying the problem. Example problems of practice to explore may include, but are not limited to:
- Creating teacher leader pipeline models that will be sustainable and increase student achievement and growth;
- Redefining school culture to migrate educators from manager-as-leader models to instructional leader models;
- Growing the diversity within teacher leadership or developing teacher leadership in high-need communities (urban or rural, high concentration of students that are classified as English Learners, special education, or live in poverty);
- Designing an assessment tool that can be used by districts to award teacher leader endorsements via demonstration of specific competencies (per Illinois School Code Section 21B-25(E);
- Developing collaborative adult communities of practice within a school to promote peer-to-peer learning and increase teacher support and retention;
- Improving outreach and collaboration with families and the community in order to support student learning;
- Developing best-practices guides about how to utilize and integrate both human capital and financial resources (Title II, School Improvement Grants, etc.) to better compensate teacher leaders within districts.

A teacher leader is an individual with the capacity and skills to:
1) Harness the collective knowledge of teachers to have a positive impact on teaching and learning and school and student success;
2) Promote shared governance and leadership in schools by working effectively with the principal and other adults in the school, with a consistent focus on student learning and achievement;
3) Model excellence in teaching with a strong foundation in improving the climate of the school and classroom, curriculum, instruction, assessment and intervention;
4) Provide guidance, coaching, mentoring, influence, direction and support to teachers to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning; and
5) Promote and influence change to improve school and student outcomes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185041

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Two awards will be made in the amount of $75,000 to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) categorized by Evidenced Based Funding (EBF) as Tier 1 or 2.
- Two awards will be made in the amount of $50,000 for LEAs categorized by EBF as Tier 3 or 4.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will begin no sooner than July 1, 2019, and will extend from the execution date of the grant until June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include Local Education Agencies (LEA) within the State of Illinois.

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or Federal or State awarding agency that is exempt from those requirements is required to:
(i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application. If you are not registered in SAM, you may do so at;
(ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and
(iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal, federal pass-through or state award, or an application or plan under consideration by a federal or state awarding agency.

Institutions of higher education are not eligible to directly apply; however, they may serve as partners for the grant. The teacher leadership problems of practice RFP provides an opportunity for the grant recipient to partner with another educational agency (including an institution of higher education.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Teacher Leader Problems of Practice Grant Proposal: Technical Assistance Webinar was held on January 9, 2019.

View the webinar here:

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applicants are required to complete a FY 2020 Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment in the form of an Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ) available through the GATA Web Portal, and a FY 2020 Programmatic Risk Assessment through the ISBE Web Application Security (IWAS) system. Grant awards will not be executed until the FY 2020 ICQ and Programmatic Risk Assessments are completed.

Applications for the Teacher Leader Problems of Practice Grant are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 1. Proposals can be submitted electronically, mailed, or hand-delivered.

Completed proposals submitted electronically should be scanned into PDF with all supporting documents and required signatures and submitted via the ISBE Attachment Manager. Choose Emily Fox from the drop down menu in Receiver Information. Submit the application using the button at the bottom of the page.

Mail proposals to Emily Fox (see details below), and ensure that they arrive no later than 4:00 PM Central Time, on March 1. It is advised to use certified mail with guaranteed delivery date and a return receipt requested. Proposals may be hand-delivered, as well.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will receive a Notice of State Award (NOSA) from the State Superintendent via e-mail or U.S. Postal Service approximately 90 days after the application deadline.

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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.

GATA Web Portal:

ISBE Attachment Manager:

Mail proposals to:
Emily Fox
Educator Effectiveness Division
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777

Hand-deliver to:
Springfield Office
Reception Area
1st Floor
100 North First Street


Funding or Pin Number:

CSFA Number: 586-00-2044

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois