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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
RFP #: GC19-009

Teacher Diversity Pipeline Pilot


Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 11/9/18

Legislative Authority

Legislative Authority The Teacher Diversity Pipeline Pilot program was funded under the 2018-19 New York State budget, S.7504/A.9504.

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of the Teacher Diversity Pipeline Pilot program is to assist teacher aides and teaching assistants in attaining the necessary education and professional training to obtain teacher certification. The New York State Education Department (“the Department”) seeks to use this appropriation to support development and implementation of a new model program that accomplishes the following goals:

  1. Develop an innovative, supportive pathway for teacher aides and teaching assistants to become certified teachers
  2. Increase the diversity of the teaching force in high-need districts and schools
  3. Address teacher shortages/needs in high-need districts and high-need schools

Project Period

The project is anticipated to start on May 1, 2019 or following notification of award, whichever is later. The project is anticipated to run for up to five years following award.

Eligible Partnerships and Mandatory Memorandum of Agreement

For this grant opportunity, a high-need public school district, or a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (“BOCES”) that serves two or more such districts, must form an eligible partnership. Applications must include a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by all required partners to be reviewed for consideration. Applications that do not include an MOA signed by all required partners will not be reviewed.

The public school district or BOCES partner must serve as the applicant/fiscal agent for this grant program. The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) may apply as a whole, not as individual Community School Districts.
Each eligible partnership must include at least the following required partners:

  • A high-need public school district (designated as High N/RC on this list https://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/accountability/2011-12/NeedResourceCapacityIndex.pdf), or a BOCES that serves two or more such districts; and
  • A New York State degree-granting institution of higher education (IHE) with an undergraduate teacher preparation program that has been approved by NYSED to prepare teacher candidates and recommend them for certification in the certificate title that is the focus of this grant proposal, is registered with the Department, and has been in operation for at least 3 years. Please see the Inventory of Registered Programs.
  • Additional required partners and signatures:
  • If the lead applicant is a BOCES, at least two high-need school districts served by the BOCES must join the partnership and sign the MOA.
  • If the lead applicant is NYCDOE, at least one Community School District must join the partnership and sign the MOA.

An eligible partnership may include additional partners, such as additional district(s) or BOCES to increase program reach and capacity; a community college offering core liberal arts and sciences courses; additional IHEs offering undergraduate teacher preparation programs registered with NYSED; and community engagement partners to aid in recruitment and support, such as a union, a My Brother’s Keeper Community, or a community-based organization that focuses on diversity issues.

The role of each partner is to be decided collaboratively by the partners and described in the MOA. The MOA must (a) outline how the partnership will enable teacher aides and/or teaching assistants Level I,II, or III to attain the necessary educational and professional credentials to obtain teacher certification (b) specify the role of each partner, and (c) detail all services each partner commits to provide and when they are expected to do it. Letters of support will not be accepted in lieu of a required partner’s signature on the MOA.

The requirement that the IHE partner have a registered undergraduate teacher preparation program in the certificate area that is the focus of the proposal is intended to establish the partner’s qualifications to carry out this program. However, the funding is for partnerships to develop a new program, pursuant to the terms of this RFP.

Amount of Funding

$500,000 over 5 years

Application Due Date and Submission Instructions

Submit one (1) original signed application and four (4) copies of the application (in the format described in this Request for Proposals, “RFP”) labeled RFP #GC19-009, along with one (1) CD or flash drive containing a copy of the signed application in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) format or portable document format (.pdf). Include all relevant appendices and required attachments on the CD or flash drive.

The mailing address for all the above documentation is:

NYS Education Department
Attn: Allison Armour-Garb
89 Washington Avenue, Room 975 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
ATTN: RFP #GC19-009

Applicants are responsible for making sure the application package is complete and in the correct order based on the Application Checklist . All materials, as detailed in the RFP, must be postmarked by November 26, 2018.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 11/9/18

All questions must be submitted via E-Mail to TAcertpilot@nysed.gov by October 26, 2018. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted to NYSED's website no later than November 9, 2018.

Non-Mandatory Notice of Intent

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name) intent to submit an application for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. The due date is November 15, 2018. Please send the NOI to TAcertpilot@nysed.gov.

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 11/9/18

Last Updated: November 16, 2018