The Education Dept. announces that all 13 winners of Investing in Innovation (i3) grants have been able to finalize their awards by securing the necessary private funding to fulfill their non-federal match obligation.
The 13 organizations—selected from more than 400 applications—had to secure private sector matching funds by December 2015 or lose their award money, which would have been redistributed to others on the i3 awards list. Through these projects, i3 will support local efforts to start or expand evidence-based programs that can transform the academic trajectory of students.
“We’re thrilled that these awards will empower innovative educators working to expand opportunity for students across the country,” said John King, senior advisor delegated duties of deputy secretary of education. “Through i3, educators are dramatically improving outcomes for students, and we are committed to providing teachers and school leaders with the resources they need to continue this important work.”
The i3 program rewards applications for the rigor of evidence supporting their projects across three categories that increase in grant size: Development, Validation and Scale-up. For the first time since 2010, there were multiple highest-rated applications in the Scale-up category. These highest-rated applications—which have demonstrated their effectiveness through past i3 projects—will significantly expand their reach in 11 states. These new investments in effective practices come at a time when several i3 projects are publishing independent evaluations of their efforts.
“The federal government drives innovative research and development in sectors such as defense, energy and health, and we need that level of investment in public education,” said Nadya Chinoy Dabby, assistant deputy secretary for Innovation and Improvement. “These i3 projects will help educators learn and grow as they transform their ideas into innovations that will change students’ lives for the better.”
The i3 grant competition is the Obama Administration’s signature education innovation initiative. To date, the department has received more than 4,300 applications and awarded more than $1.2 billion matched by $200 million in private sector funding to support students and educators across the country.
|2015 DoEd Investing in Innovation Award Winners|
|Type Grant||Organization||$ Award||Location|
|Development||The After-School Corporation||$2,362,150||New York, NY|
|Development||Association of Alaska School Boards||$2,903,200||Juneau, AK|
|Development||Center for Supportive Schools||$2,011,062||Princeton, NJ|
|Development||Desoto Independent School District||$2,861,562||Desoto, TX|
|Development||McREL International||$2,669,593||Denver, CO|
|Development||Metropolitan-Nashville Public Schools||$2,870,479||Nashville, TN|
|Development||New Visions for Public Schools, Inc.||$3,000,000||New York, NY|
|Validation||The Curators of the University of Missouri||$11,999,191||Columbia, MO|
|Validation||Columbus State Community College||$11,559,551||Columbus, OH|
|Validation||Jacksonville State University||$12,000,000||Jacksonville, AL|
|Scale-up||Children’s Literacy Initiative||$19,499,730||Philadelphia, PA|
|Scale-up||National Math and Science Initiative||$19,998,619||Dallas, TX|