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2020-2021 Educator Effectiveness: Solar and Wind Energy Grant Funding Competition

Educator Effectiveness: Solar and Wind Energy Grant Funding Application 2020

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is pleased to announce the 2020 competition for the Nebraska Solar and Wind Energy Grant Program, authorized under 79-308 State Statute section 3:  “(3) Beginning with the 2016-17 school year through the 2019-20 school year, districts may apply to the State Department of Education for grant funding for a period of up to two years to implement an evaluation model for effective educators and to obtain the necessary training for administrators and teachers for such model.”

This competitive grant program supports the following objectives:

  1. Support school districts in identifying a method for collecting and using certificated staff evaluation data.
  2. Support school districts in identifying how instruction is impacting student groups.
  3. Support school districts in developing processes to engage staff in reflection about instruction.
  4. Support school districts in improving data literacy within their teaching and leadership staff.

Funds will be prioritized to provide grants to school districts who have schools designated for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) or Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI).  For districts with multiple schools designated for TSI or ATSI, districts may submit an application to fund support for district work with all schools, or to fund support for a specific school(s) within the district.

The application can be found at the following link: Solar and Wind Energy Grant Application 2020

This document identifies all application requirements.  For further assistance, contact

Dr. Kim Snyder
kim.snyder@nebraska.gov
402.471.4351

District Expectations

Prior to the awarding of the 2020 grants, applicants must agree to the following requests and stipulations:

  1. Districts must clarify and/or confirm plans for ensuring alignment of teacher/principal evaluation data to district/school supports for meeting needs of identified student group.
  2. Districts must agree to serve in a model school/district capacity in the state of Nebraska.  Being a model district requires district willingness to allow site visits as reasonable and shared development instruments and/or resources as exemplars if not under copyright protection.

Funds Available

Through the Solar and Wind Energy Grant Program, public school districts may apply to the NDE for grant funding from time of approved funding through August 31, 2021. Each district’s allocation of Solar and Wind Energy Grant funds is determined by a review of budget summaries included in the grant application.  Approximately $275,000 in Solar and Wind Energy funds is available to award for the 2020 grant competition. Grants will be awarded in a competitive grant process administered by the NDE. Funds will be prioritized to provide grants to school districts who have schools designated for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) or Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI).  For districts with multiple schools designated for TSI or ATSI, districts may submit an application to fund support for district work with all schools, or to fund support for a specific school(s) within the district. The NDE reserves the right not to award any grants.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are Nebraska’s public school districts.

If districts wish to form a consortium and apply for the grant in conjunction with other districts, one of the districts must agree to accept fiscal responsibility for the grant fund awarded.  The NDE will award the grant to only one school in the consortium.

Timelines

The closing time and date for receipt of application is 11:59 p.m., CDT on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

Applicants must submit a completed application via email to kim.snyder@nebraska.gov by that time and should look for an email confirming receipt within a 24-hour period of time.  Grant applications received by any other means will not be considered for funding.

It is anticipated that successful applicants to be awarded funding will be notified by a phone call from the NDE by Monday, June 1, 2020.

Funds for approved projects will be available as of Monday, April 20, 2020.  Funds will be released on a reimbursement basis.  All expenditures must be completed prior to Friday,  August 31, 2021.

Application Process

    1. Districts must submit an application via email to kim.snyder@nebraska.gov by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Districts can expect to hear from NDE staff confirming receipt of application within 24 hours of submission. (If confirmation is not received within 24 hours, please reach out to Kim Snyder at 402.471.4351.)
    2. Funds will be prioritized to provide grants to school districts who have schools designated for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) or Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI).  For districts with multiple schools designated for TSI or ATSI, districts may submit an application to fund support for district work with all schools, or to fund support for a specific school(s) within the district.
    3. All eligible applications will be reviewed and rated by NDE staff.  Proposals will be scored on a point system found in the Application Scoring Rubric.
    4. It is anticipated that successful applicants to be awarded funding will be notified by a phone call from NDE by Monday, June 1, 2020
    5. Funds for approved projects will be available as of Monday, June 1, 2020.  Funds will be released on a reimbursement basis.  All expenditures must be completed prior to Friday, August 31, 2021.

 

 

 

 

Updated April 21, 2020 8:04am