PESB-approved alternative routes programs are encouraged to apply for the Alternative Routes Block Grant (ARBG).
We will release ARBG 2019 application information in June 2019. Check this page for updates.
In Summer 2015, PESB released a RFI — “Alternative Routes Block Grants” — to support Alternative Routes programs across the state. Alternative Routes to Teaching Block Grants (ARBG) provide funding for preparation programs, districts, and candidate scholarships to support Alternative Routes programs engaging grow your own teacher strategies to address district needs.
We required programs to apply as teams. Applicant teams could be comprised of higher education institutions, community colleges, or other non-profit organizations in partnership with a school district or consortium of districts. Teams were selected to participate based on their commitment and ability to partner with one another in order to create effective alternative route programs that met district workforce development needs. For more information see the ARBG 2017 application instructions packet (PDF).
We provided technical assistance sessions for all teams applying for a block grant. Teams received guidance in creating strong partnerships, developing clear expectations, identifying how to structure the alternative routes program for greater success, and understanding the regional and state needs of districts.
Individual alternative route candidates should contact their alternative route program directly for details on how they can participate. View the awarded alternative route programs of the 2017 block grant.