The Education Dept. names 15 highest-rated applications for the 2016 Investing in Innovation (i3) competition, which will award more than $103 million to launch and expand evidence-based practices improve K-12 classroom instruction.
However, to obtain the funding, the 15 potential grantees—selected from 385 applications—will have to secure matching private sector funds by December 2016 or lose the award, said Education Secy. John King.
“Educators are constantly developing new ideas to better assist their students, and i3 empowers educators to develop these approaches into practices that can benefit schools and districts across the country,” King said.
The i3 program awards grants across three categories—development, validation, and scale-up—that increase in size depending upon prior evidence of effectiveness.
For the first time in the program’s history, the potential grantees announced include an organization that will use a scale-up award to expand a program that was launched under an i3 development grant and refined under an i3 validation award. Spurwink Services Inc.’s Building Assets Reducing Risks program has consistently demonstrated its effectiveness through rigorous evaluations at improving academic outcomes.
The program was developed by a high-school educator in Minnesota and helps teachers and school leaders build stronger relationships with their students in order to improve student engagement and achievement. Its scale-up award will allow it to expand to 50 additional schools across five states, impacting almost 150,000 students and 11,600 teachers.
A signature program of the Obama Administration, i3 helps educators across the country to develop, build out and apply research on practices that address the most persistent challenges in education. The department launched the first i3 competition in 2010 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Through the seven i3 grant competitions, the department has received more than 5,000 i3 applications and, if this year’s potential grantees successfully secure their matching private sector funds, it will have funded 172 of them at more than $1.4 billion, in addition to more than $260 million in private sector funding.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015, established the Education Innovation and Research program to build on i3’s successes and continue driving innovation in support of educators and students. Funding for that program has yet to be approved by congressional appropriators.
Info: https://goo.gl/3P04Ke (i3 website).
|DoEd’s 2016 Investing in Innovation Highest-Rated Applications|
|Development||Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University||AZ||$2,999,768||AZ|
|Development||Cabarrus County Schools||NC||$2,999,998||NC|
|Development||Florida State University||FL||$2,552,286||FL|
|Development||HighScope Educational Research Foundation||MI||$3,000,000||MI|
|Development||Leading Educators, Inc.||LA||$2,998,450||IL|
|Development||Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility Inc.||NY||$2,999,998||NY|
|Development||Region One Education Service Center||TX||$2,999,711||TX|
|Development||Riverside County Office of Education||CA||$2,999,825||CA|
|Development||Santa Ana Unified School District||CA||$2,999,996||CA|
|Development||Virginia Advanced Study Strategies Inc.||VA||$2,999,395||VA|
|Validation||Fresno County Office of Education||CA||$11,999,958||CA, WA|
|Validation||Texas A&M University||TX||$12,000,000||TX|
|Validation||Uncommon Schools Inc.||NY||$9,344,238||NJ|
|Scale-up||National Writing Project||CA||$19,981,544||AL, CA, KY, MI, MO, MS, ND, NE, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI|
|Scale-up||Spurwink Services Inc.||ME||$20,000,000||CA, TN, ME, MN, TX|