Please refer to the following FAQs for information about common questions related to the impacts of COVID-19 on alternative routes programs participating in ARBG and candidate conditional scholarships. Please refer to the PESB COVID-19 resources for guidance on various topics related to educator preparation.
- FAQ: Alternative routes block grant programs (document)
- FAQ: Alternative routes block grant candidates (document)
What is ARBG?
Alternative Routes Block Grant (ARBG) provides funding for preparation programs, districts, and candidate conditional loan scholarships to support alternative routes programs engaging “grow your own” teacher strategies to address district and teacher candidate needs.
We award ARBG competitively on a two-year cycle to PESB-approved alternative routes programs. We require programs to apply as teams comprised of (at minimum) a teacher preparation program, in partnership with a school district or consortium of districts. Partnerships are selected based on their ability to create effective alternative routes programs that incorporate ARBG priorities and design requirements to meet district workforce development needs.
Individual alternative routes candidates should contact their program for details on how they can participate.
ARBG 2019 application
Award decisions 2020-22 and funding distribution
PESB has awarded the following Alternative Routes programs coming out of the 2019 application cycle for the 2020-22 ARBG biennium. The award allocations are per year of the biennium.
|Alternative Routes program provider||Candidate block grant seats||Conditional loan only seats||Routes|
|Antioch University||10||1||1, 2, 4|
|City University||10||0||1, 2, 4|
|Eastern Washington University||20||0||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Pacific Lutheran University||10||0||2|
|Seattle Pacific University||10||2||2, 4|
|Washington State University, Tri-Cities||12||0||1|
|Western Washington University, FBTF program||15||4||1|
|Western Washington University, WIETS program||13||0||1, 4|
The Legislature allocated PESB $600,000 for ARBG programs for each year of the upcoming biennium (2020-22), allowing us to fund a total of 100 candidate seats per year; WSAC allocated $800,000 for candidate conditional loans per year of the biennium. Programs may apply for between 10 and 30 ARBG funded candidate seats per year. We will distribute candidate-centric funding to awarded programs as follows:
|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 programs awarded in the 2019 application cycle will receive funding for school years 2020-22. We implemented the application cycle on the following timeline:
- 2019 Application Instructions packet release: July 2019
- Informational webinar A (broad overview of ARBG and the application process): July 11, 2019 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- Informational webinar B (detailed overview of application materials): July 22, 2019 from 2 to 3 p.m.
- Letter of intent due: August 12, 2019 at 5 p.m.
- ARBG 2019 Application opens: August 13, 2019
- ARBG rubric release: August 2019
- 2019 Application Technical Assistance Day: September 5, 2019
- Application due: October 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.
- Application review committee meeting: October 18, 2019
- Grant award decisions announced: November 18, 2019
- First year annual data collection due: August 31, 2021
- Second year annual data collection due: August 31, 2022
The ARBG 2019 application is closed and we have announced award decisions for the 2020-22 biennium. The application materials are available for reference.
Alternative routes and growing your own teachers
- WAC on alternative routes programs (WAC 181-80), formerly RCW 28A.660.040
- Alternative routes descriptions
- Alternative routes resources
- Application for new alternative routes programs
- Find a WA State alternative routes program
- Grow Your Own teachers report
- Grow Your Own resources page
- Tips for using Title I, II and III funds (presentation)
- PESB Alternative Route redesign work group
2018-20 grant recipients
Alternative Routes programs that applied for the block grant in 2017 received grant funding for fiscal years 2018-20. Block grant awardees must submit an annual data collection on the implementation of the grant activities. The data collection tool is hosted on Survey Gizmo, and we will send the link and instructions directly to the block grant program contacts in August 2020.
The 2019-20 ARBG data collection is due October 15, 2020. We strongly encourage block grant programs to prepare their data collection in advance using the 2019-20 data collection template (document). We will also host a data collection technical assistance webinar for 2018-20 awardees. We will email the webinar and SurveyGizmo links to the programs directly.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this program.