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2019-2020 Educator Evaluation Grant Competition

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Overview
District Expectations
Funds Available
Eligible Applicants
Timelines
Application Process
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Overview

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is pleased to announce the 2019 competition for the Nebraska Solar and Wind Energy Grant Program, authorized under 79-308 State Statute section 3:  “(3) Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year through 2019-2020 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 a model.”

In 2016, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted a state Strategic Plan to guide the vision and direction of education in Nebraska for the next ten years.  The following goal is articulated in the Strategic Plan:

Goal 7.2: By 2020, 100% of Nebraska Schools will utilize performance standards and a research-based evaluation system for all certificated staff as aligned in Rule 10.

This Solar and Wind Energy grant opportunity responds to 79-308 and supports district readiness for Goal 7.2 and the Nebraska Strategic Plan.  This grant is intended to improve equity of access to effective teachers by supporting districts as they develop an improved, data-informed, focus approach to strengthening current teachers and educational leaders in their schools.

This competitive grant supports the following objectives:

  1. Support local school districts in updating or enhancing existing educator evaluation systems and processes, with an emphasis on system alignment to the Nebraska Model of  Evaluation.
  2. Establish a network of model evaluation system districts across the state.
  3. Continue to seek input related to support needs for Nebraska schools and districts.
  4. Continue responding to identified needs.

Funds are prioritized to provide grants to serve the target population of public school districts who either do not have an evaluation system by aligning it to the Nebraska Teacher Performance Framework, which can be found at the following link:

https://cdn.education.ne.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/TeacherPrincipalPerformanceFramework_with-updates.pdf

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 2019 grants, applicants must agree to the following requests and stipulations:

  1. 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.
  2. Districts clarify and/or confirm plans for ensuring alignment with the Nebraska Model System of Evaluation.
  3. Districts agree to participate in the 2-day Evaluation System Summit to be held June 12-13, 2019, in Kearney.  Districts should include the expenses for this conference in their application budget.  (Conference attendees should include administrators, and/or staff members responsible for leading evaluation system work, not to exceed 5 people).
  4. Districts agree to participate in a system of evaluation panel presentation at NDE Day, July 31, 2019, in Kearney as part of Administrator Days, pending on their availability.
  5. Districts agree to invite ESU and NDE specialists to opportunities offered by contracted experts.

Funds Available

Through the Solar and Wind Energy Grant Program, public school districts may apply to NDE for grant funding for a period of up two years.  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 $250,000 in Solar and Wind Energy funds is available to award for the 2019 grant competition. Grants will be awarded in a competitive grant process administered by NDE.  NDE intends to fund projects widely distributed across the state in both rural and urban areas.  NDE reserves the right not to award any grants.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are Nebraska’s public school districts.  Districts that have received a Solar and Wind Energy Grant previously or are currently operating under one are not eligible to apply for more Solar and Wind Energy Grant funding.

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.  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 Thursday, February 28, 2019.

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 may be not considered for funding.

It is anticipated that successful applicants to be awarded funding will be notified by a phone call from NDE by Friday, March 22, 2019.

Funds for approved projects will be available as of Monday, April 1, 2019.  Funds will be released on a reimbursement basis.  All expenditures must be completed prior to Friday,  August 30, 2020.

Application Process

  1. A webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. CDT for anyone with questions about the application process.  Zoom link  https://zoom.us/j/177496289
  2. Districts must submit an application via email to kim.snyder@nebraska.gov by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
  3. All eligible applications will be reviewed and rated by an external panel of persons knowledgeable of teacher evaluation systems.  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 March 22, 2019.
  5. Grant recipients will be expected to send their Educator Effectiveness teams to the 2-day Evaluation System Summit to be held in Kearney, June 12-13. 2019.
  6. Funds for approved projects will be available as of Monday, April 1, 2019.  Funds will be released on a reimbursement basis.  All expenditures must be completed prior to Friday, August 30, 2020.

 

 

 

 

Updated March 4, 2019 8:57am