DoEd Names Highest-Rated Applications for $103M Investing in Innovation Competition

DeptOfEd_largeThe 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: (i3 website).

DoEd’s 2016 Investing in Innovation Highest-Rated Applications
Category Organization State Funds Location
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
Total $102,875,167

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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