Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education

Clinically-Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (CR-ITI-BE)

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (1.36 MB) | Application in Word Word document icon (506 KB)
Questions and Answers PDF icon (130KB)

Purpose of Grant Program

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies (OBE-FLS), is seeking applications from Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to operate a Clinically-Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (CR-ITI-BE) program, addressing the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers throughout New York State (NYS).

Available Funding

Nine (9) Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) around the state will be selected for this ITI-CR-BE program: five (5) in NYC and four (4) in Rest of State (ROS).  The distribution of funding was determined by the number of ELL students in each region. 

Program Requirements

Participating IHEs will provide clinically-rich bilingual and/or ESL programs. Research identifies the following components of a clinically rich teacher preparation program. SED has modeled its application on these components:

  1. Rigorous recruitment of candidates and intensive candidate selection criteria.
  2. Collaboration for rigorous selection and training of the mentor-teacher.
  3. Integration of pedagogy with on the job training.
  4. Guided classroom practice through an internship with an effective educator.
  5. Mentoring by a trained mentor-teacher.
  6. Enrollment of candidates (cohort) in rigorous graduate level course work leading to a Bilingual extension and/or and English as a Second Language (ESL) certification that includes learning theory, research and content (Dual certification programs are especially encouraged).
  7. Support of partnerships through on-going professional development for mentor-teachers.
  8. Integration of technology.
  9. Continued support for the first years upon successful completion of the program.1
1National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010), Transforming Teacher Education Through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy To Prepare effective Teachers. Washington DC: www.ncate.org/publications

Project Period

The grant period will be July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017, subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance of the grantee in the previous year. The first year grant period will be July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

New Prequalification Requirement

The State of New York has implemented a new statewide prequalification process (described in http://www.grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees) designed to facilitate prompt contracting for not-for-profit vendors.  All not-for-profit vendors are required to pre-qualify prior to grant application.  This includes all currently funded not-for-profit institutions that have already received an award and are in the middle of the program cycle. The pre-qualification must be completed by all not-for-profit institutions in order to receive an award under this RFP.

Eligibility Requirements

Each application must be submitted by an eligible Institution of Higher Education (IHE), as lead applicant, in partnership with at least one eligible Local Education Agency (LEA), as defined below.

Eligible IHE -Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) with NYS certified program in Bilingual Education leading to a bilingual extension, and English and as Second Language (ESL) program leading to a certification in TESOL. 

Eligible LEA - a public school district within New York State that has at least 500 English Language Learners enrolled in the 2011-12 school year (See Attachment A).

An eligible partnership is a partnership between an IHE and an eligible local education agency (LEA), and defined through a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (Attachment D).  An IHE must have a separate MOU with each partner. An eligible partnership may in addition to the LEA partner include other not-for-profit organizations or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services with historical evidence of success in education that provide services supporting ESL or Bilingual teacher certification and/or mentor-teacher development. The MOUs must be submitted with the application.  If an agreement is not submitted, the application will be disqualified.  If a MOU is not signed by all parties to the agreement, it will not be evaluated for scoring purposes and the application will be disqualified.

  1. The applicant must receive and administer the grant funds and submit the required reports to account for the use of grant funds;
  2. The applicant must be an active member of the partnership, except where SUNY or CUNY Research Foundations are the applicant/fiscal agent. In such case, the SUNY or CUNY campus will be considered the active lead IHE.
  3. The applicant/fiscal agent cannot act as a flow-through for grant funds to pass to other partners and third parties.
  4. The applicant is PROHIBITED from sub-granting funds to other recipients.  A sub-grant occurs when the applicant delegates programmatic decision making or responsibility for achieving program goals to a third party. The applicant is fully responsible for compliance with program requirements and achievement of program objectives.
  5. The applicant is permitted to sub-contract for services with other partners or consultants to provide services that the applicant cannot provide itself but are part of the program objective.
  6. The applicant shall take full responsibility for the acts and omissions of its partners and subcontractors.  Nothing in the partnership agreement or subcontract shall impair the rights of NYSED under its agreement with the applicant.  No contractual relationship shall be deemed to exist between the partner/subcontractor and NYSED.
  7. The applicant is responsible for the performance of any service provided by the partners, consultants, or other organizations and must coordinate how each plan to participate.

Questions and Answers

Questions regarding this Grant Application must be submitted by E-mail to CRITIBERFP@mail.nysed.gov  no later than March 14, 2014.  A Questions and Answers Summary is now posted PDF icon (130KB)

Due Date

Submit one (1) original application and two (2) copies with original signatures.  Applications must be postmarked by April 4, 2014 and sent to the following location:

NYS Education Department
Attn: Clinically Rich Intensive Teacher Institute Grant
Grants Management, Room 481 EBA
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, N.Y. 12234

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (1.36 MB) | Application in Word Word document icon (506 KB)

Last Updated: March 21, 2014