We are offering Alternative Routes Block Grants (ARBG) of up to $280,000 to recruit and prepare diverse candidates in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years for teacher certification to meet teacher shortages.
PESB-approved alternative routes programs in partnership with school districts, tribal compact schools, charter schools, district consortia, or ESDs are eligible to apply. Other partners may include community organizations, community colleges, and other teacher preparation programs.
Programs interested in applying must submit a letter of intent by August 11, 2021, to receive a link to the online grant application. The grant application is due October 1, 2021. We will announce award decisions by December 2021.
What is the alternative routes block grant?
The ARBG is a competitive grant application process. Awardees use funds to implement innovative “grow your own” teacher strategies that address workforce shortages, and recruit, support, and prepare diverse teacher candidates. The grant provides funds for candidate conditional loan scholarships and program, district, and mentor supports.
We distribute program, district, and mentor funds and provide oversight and support. We partner with the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) to offer conditional loan scholarships for candidates.
Individual alternative route candidates should contact their program for details on how they can participate.
The Legislature provided $600,000 per year for this grant, allowing us to provide funds to support 100 candidates per year; WSAC allocated $800,000 per year for candidate conditional loan scholarships as part of this grant. We will distribute candidate-centric funding to awarded programs using the structure outlined in the table below.
|Total||$14,000 of support per year|
|Program partner or candidate||Grant dollars per candidate|
|Teacher preparation program||$3,000 per year|
|School district||$2,500 per year|
|Mentor teacher||$500 per year|
|Candidate||$8,000 conditional loan per year|
Alternative routes and growing your own teachers
Alternative route programs that applied for the block grant in 2019 received funding for school years 2020-22. Grantees must submit an annual data collection on the implementation of grant-funded activities. View the data collection template here.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this grant.