The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 infused almost $100 billion in new funds into federal education programs — nearly two times the overall funding for the entire annual federal education budget. These additional funds are intended to impact every aspect of education in the United States, from promoting innovative strategies and replicating successful models, to providing intensive support for low-performing
schools and retaining effective teachers. This will occur over the next two years, with funding extending out for five years with some competitive grant awards.
College Board staff members are available in order to help districts and states achieve their education goals, staff members are taking a collaborative approach to defining strengths, challenges and areas that need to be transformed.
“By understanding your state or district’s needs, we are better equipped to provide consultative support and guidance in your ARRA applications,” said Catherine Dunn, senior director of district and state outreach for the College Board. The College Board College Readiness System™ is focused on core components that districts and states can use to drive college success for all students.
What kind of funding is available?
School Improvement Grant
Purpose: To enable school districts to implement significant reforms to increase academic achievement at chronically low-performing schools.
Who should apply? Districts can apply for funds granted at the state level.
What funding is available? $3.546 billion, in three-year renewable grants.
How can the College Board help? The College Board is equipped to support schools in all stages of the improvement process, from diagnosis to implementation and transformation.
Title I Funds
Purpose: To provide funding to increase academic support and learning opportunities that help low-achieving students master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core academic subjects.
Who should apply? States, which will then make formula subgrants to eligible Title I districts and schools.
What funding is available? An additional $10 billion will be available through Sept. 30, 2011.
How can the College Board help? College Board staff can help schools, districts and states evaluate professional development needs to ensure that K–12 teachers, counselors and administrators receive the necessary support and training to engage students in high-level learning and to develop a college-ready community.
i3 – Investing in Innovation
Purpose: To support the development, implementation, replication and further evaluation of promising innovative practices, as well as the expansion of practices that have proven to be effective.
Who should apply? School districts, consortia of schools, and nonprofits in partnership with school districts or consortia of schools. Applicants must have a track record of increased student achievement, increased graduation rates and increased student matriculation.
What funding is available? $650 million will be available over the next four to five years.
How can the College Board help? Using the College Readiness System as a model of success, the College Board can help districts and schools evaluate their needs and improve college readiness by using nationally recognized best practices.
Opportunities for Higher Education
Federal funding includes higher education Pell Grants, Teacher Quality Grants and other opportunities.
How can educators get help from the College Board?
Contact your College Board educational manager
To learn how the College Board can help develop a plan to increase college readiness in a district or state and apply for an ARRA grant, contact your College Board educational manager or click on the following link to send an e-mail: email@example.com.
Attend a free webinar
Educators can also participate in free webinars offered by the College Board. To attend, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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