Agency: Education Dept. (DoEd); Program: Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) (CFDA Numbers: 84.374A); Eligibility: States, schools, school districts and partnerships which include at least one non-profit organization; Funding: $50 million for five awards (no match required); Deadline: July 15.
Summary: These federal grants help schools introduce and support pay-for-performance systems. This is the first time the competition has offered new awards since 2012.
Under the TIF priorities, applicants must demonstrate their pay-for-performance plan includes input from teachers and school leaders. The grants also may be used to develop systems and tools that enhance the quality and success of existing systems. Compensation systems must: consider gains in student academic achievement and classroom evaluations conducted multiple times during each school year; and provide educators with incentives and supports to take on additional responsibilities and leadership roles. Incentives and supports include career ladder opportunities, peer-to-peer coaching and job-embedded professional development.
The priorities are: supporting High-Need Students (0 or 2 points): projects that are designed to improve academic outcomes for students served by rural school districts; and improving Teacher Effectiveness and Promoting Equitable Access to Effective Educators (up to 5 points): projects that are designed to promote equitable access to effective teachers for students from low-income families and minority students across and within schools and districts.