reVISION Initial Grant
The purpose of the Perkins reVISION Initial grant is to assist local school districts in completing the reVISION Career Education strategic planning process. Working in collaboration with postsecondary education and regional workforce/economic development leaders, the reVISION process links career educators, school administrators, school counselors, industry professionals, and community leaders. Through this process, schools will have the opportunity to analyze and transform their current Career Education (CE) system to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets employers’ needs. This will help ensure that high quality CE programs are in place in all Nebraska schools, and that such programs are aligned with college and career readiness standards as well as the needs of employers, industry, and labor.
Specifically, the outcomes of reVISION include:
- Aligning and supporting CE systems with local, regional, and/or statewide economic initiatives
- Developing Nebraska’s talent pipelines for economic growth and workforce development
- Analyzing and updating current CE Programs of Study and curricular offerings
- Strengthening secondary CE program alignment with Nebraska postsecondary education entrance expectations
- Engaging local/regional businesses in CE programming
Districts that have not completed a reVISION evaluation process are eligible to participate in this reVISION grant opportunity. An Educational Service Unit (ESU) may apply on behalf of a group of schools and serve as the single fiscal agent for the grant. Similarly, a lead school may apply for a group of schools and serve as the single fiscal agent.
Participation in the reVISION process requires the following:
- The identification of a reVISION team. This team should consist of all CE teachers from each CE discipline/career field, school counselors, and at least one school administrator (building principal required). In addition, teams may consider additional team members such as school board members, core academic teachers, middle school teachers, or
other key stakeholders.
- Participation in an initial meeting facilitated by Nebraska Career Education (NCE) staff. Regional meetings will be held in multiple reVISION districts if appropriate. The initial meeting should be scheduled in September or October if possible.
- Facilitation of a Community Engagement Meeting to be completed by mid-January.
- Participation in a second meeting facilitated by NCE staff scheduled after the Community Engagement Meeting. This meeting should be held in January or February to allow adequate time to summarize feedback and key findings.
- Development of a 3-5 year Action Plan that identifies high priority changes for your CE system.
- Closing out the grant (due October 15), including the submission of a Final Report, reVISION Action Plan, and final financial claim including itemized printouts detailing the expenditures form the project.
Use of Funds
This grant is intended to assist with implementing the reVISION process in the local district. Perkins funds may only be used to:
- Reimburse substitute teachers to allow teachers to participate in the reVISION process
- Teacher time outside of contract time to prepare for reVISION activities
- Expenses associated with the NCE facilitated and Community Engagement meetings (such as a working meal, materials, etc.)
The maximum amount individual schools may apply for is $2,000.
Future Funding Opportunities
After completing the reVISION process, districts are eligible to apply for reVISION Action grants for the following three consecutive years. reVISION Action grants may be used to help implement the Action Plan developed by the district during the reVISION process.