The advancing equity grant is a two-year grant of up to $10,000/year. The purpose of the grant is to increase equity in educator preparation programs across the state, and informing policy connected to cultural responsiveness and equity.
In 2016, PESB funded several “special projects” grants, that were focused on supporting preparation programs with promising practices in recruiting and retaining a diverse candidate pool, and developing equity action plans. PESB used learnings from these grants to inform the design of the advancing equity grant (previously called the “pilot to policy: advancing systemic equity grant”). The application process for the grant will take place during Fall 2017 (see timeline below) and grantees will conduct their work January 2018 – December 2019.
This two year grant will allow for transformational work connected to racial equity, community engagement, and cultural responsiveness. Grantees will participate in a work group which will meet on a monthly and bimonthly basis over the course of the two years, and will undergo trainings, report on progress, share learning and provide feedback, and serve as a collective committed to demonstrating results and best practices around this work. Grantees will be required to track and assess results at the end of each year connected to the implementation of new practices, and the work group’s report outs and sharing will also inform broader policy through PESB’s new program review model. Grant funds should be used to support the implementation of new practices, as well as participation in work group meetings.
Any Washington State educator preparation program is welcome to apply. Each applicant should include a team of two to three faculty that will participate regularly and must either include direct participation from the Dean or demonstrate a strong communication loop to the Dean and leadership within the program. Applicants will be selected based on their commitment to advancing systemic equity in their program and ability to effectively pilot practices that will inform broader PESB policy in relation to equity.
A technical assistance session will be provided on November 2nd, 2017 for those interested in applying, and a timeline with key dates is included below.
Tentative dates for upcoming grant activities are now available. These dates are tentative and are subject to change.
|Oct. 16, 2017||Application for 2018-2019 released (PDF)|
|Nov. 2, 2017||Information session via webinar (Presentation)*|
|Nov. 20, 2017||Grant applications due|
|Dec. 11, 2017||Awardees announced|
|Mid-Jan, 2018||First work group meeting|
*If you would like access to the recording of the webinar, please request via e-mail from email@example.com
Are indirect costs allowed for this grant?
No. This grant does not allow for indirect costs. The funding is meant to directly fund programmatic strategies listed in the proposal. Funds may also be used for staff time to attend work group meetings, staff time to work on grant-related programming/efforts, funds for a consultant or trainer, and funds or a subgrant to a local school, community-based organization, or school district.
Can we budget heavier in the first year (over $10,000) and less in the second year (less than $10,000)?
Yes. However the distribution of the $20,000 over the two years should be somewhat even. Programs can also budget lighter the first year and heavier in the second. We would not want to see variance much beyond a 70% and 30% difference per year.
If our program did not participate in the grant last year to make the Equity Action Plan, can we get a template for our equity action plan draft?
Yes, you can request a template from PESB staff that programs used last year.
If our program did not participate in the grant last year to make the Equity Action Plan, and we put together and submit a draft of an equity action plan, will our proposal get judged on the strength of that plan even though it is a draft?
No. We understand that not all programs received resources last year for support to create an equity action plan. We are looking to see that all programs that apply this year are committed to creating and working actively from a draft equity action plan, and the intention is for that plan to get used and built in an ongoing way as grantees participate in the work group and implement their proposals.
Can we add or focus on principal programs within our proposal, or is the grant only for teacher programs?
Yes, this grant is also open to principal preparation programs. While the application is largely focused on teachers, we would like to also emphasize that principal programs may be included in the proposals.
If a program participated last year in developing an equity action plan, should the program take the strategies from the Equity Action Plan and plug them into the proposal?
This two year grant should provide an opportunity for programs to focus on the implementation of their equity action plans. The strategies do not have to be plugged in and cited word for word – we recognize that these are active, living documents and some strategies may have changed. While that is the case, your proposal should demonstrate how you are building upon the work from the last year to develop the plan and implement the strategies within the plan.
Are competitive applications those that explain how they will inform the program review model?
No. What proposals demonstrate is what program review will be looking at. What reviewers will look at is the strength of your strategies and how compelling the areas are in your proposal that address grant priorities. These priorities are already aligned with program review. The strength of that will help us determine what we see as promising practices that align with the grant priorities and program review domains.
Is there a requirement for data leads to attend the work group meetings?
The data lead does not need to attend every work group meeting, however there will be various needs that will come up over the course of the work group meetings that require some participation. This would require minimal involvement (attending a part of a work group meeting or a short scheduled phone call).
Is our grant more competitive if we have multiple letters of support from community partners?
No. We are only asking for one letter of support, but you are welcome to include more if you’d like. What we’d like to see in the letter of support is an authentic letter written by a community partner that demonstrates they are engaged in and understand the work that will be carried out, rather than a template that they are signing.
Can we call into work group meetings?
Some work group meetings will be webinars. It’s crucial to attend the first four meetings in person as they lay the foundation for the work group.
|Meeting 1||Fri, Jan. 26, 2017||Full Day Retreat|
|Meeting 2||Wed, Feb. 14, 2017||10am – 1pm|
|Meeting 3||Wed, Mar. 7, 2017||10am – 1pm|
|Meeting 4||Wed, Apr. 18, 2017||10am – 1pm|
|Meeting 5||June 2018||Webinar (3 hour)|
|Meeting 6||Sept. 2018||In person – Full Day|
|Meeting 7||Oct. 2018||Statewide event – In person attendance required|
|Meeting 8||Dec. 2018||Webinar (3 hour)|