NYSED News

Funding Opportunity: State-Level Evaluation of the New York State 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals for the State-level evaluation of its 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program that is required by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). The selected evaluator will assess the extent to which the expected outcomes of this program have been achieved. The results of this evaluation will be used to guide NYSED’s efforts to: direct and improve its administration of the program; provide assistance to local grantees; and improve program quality and outcomes for participating students.

Funding Opportunity: Intensive Teacher Institute for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (ITI-TVI)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) intends to establish an Intensive Teacher Institute (ITI) for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TVI) for a five-year period, subject to continued availability of funds for such purposes. NYSED anticipates that two awards will be made. The annual maximum award amount made to each of the two programs will be $122,750.

Funding Opportunity: National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant for School Food Authorities

The School Food Service Equipment Grant is intended to improve the infrastructure of the NSLP. This will be achieved by providing the opportunity for schools to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, improve the overall quality of meals, improve efficiency of production and service and expand participation in school meals programs.

News and Notes: $7 Million in Grants Available; Medications in Schools; Arts and EngageNY Surveys

In this issue, we provide important updates related to New York State's My Brother's Keeper initiative; a law permitting students to carry certain medications in schools; surveys related to the Arts and EngageNY; the spring 2016 grades 3-8 ELA and math assessment results; and NYSED's comments on federal ESSA rulemaking guidance. We also highlight a public outreach video about our Professional Assistance Program for licensed professionals with substance use problems and provide updates from the New York State Library.

Funding Opportunity: Summer Food Service Program Campaign

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals for a comprehensive statewide multi-media campaign to promote the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to low income families. The vendor would be responsible for developing an impressive statewide multi-media campaign that advertises the availability of nutritious meals for anyone 18 years old and younger during the summer months at no cost through the SFSP.

Funding Opportunity: My Brother’s Keeper Challenge Grant

The purpose of My Brother’s Keeper Challenge Grant is to incentivize and support school districts to accept the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge and implement a coherent cradle-to-college strategy aimed at improving the life outcomes for disadvantaged youth, particularly boys and young men of color.

News and Notes: Grants Now Available for New York State My Brother's Keeper Initiatives

This edition of News and Notes provides important updates related to New York State's My Brother's Keeper initiative; certification of out-of-state teachers and leaders; public comment on draft goals and guiding principals for school accountability; creation of Community Schools; Charter School Dissemination Grants; the Summer Food Service Program; and construction grants for public libraries. In addition, we recap conversations I have had with students via Google Hangout about cyberbullying and technology in the classroom.

Funding Opportunity: 2016-17 Title I School Improvement Reward School Dissemination Grants

Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to carry out the State's responsibilities under sections 1116 and 1117, including support for Reward Schools to mentor staff at Priority and Focus Schools, and refine and enhance the Reward School’s own best practices.

Funding Opportunity: 2016-17 Title I Basic School Improvement Grant

Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Title I Priority and Focus Schools to meet the progress goals in their District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance. These funds are to be used to support implementation of school improvement activities as required in the ESEA flexibility waiver.

Funding Opportunity: Child Nutrition Program: Administrative Review System (CNP: ARS)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) is seeking proposals from vendors to provide Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) software solutions and accompanying integration and support services to replace its current Administrative Review (AR) process and comply with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) requirements.

News and Notes: Regents Expand Diploma Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

In this issue, we highlight the expanding diploma opportunities for students with disabilities; videos and information related to New York State's My Brother's Keeper initiative; and the Summer Reading program launch. In addition, the Board of Regents acted earlier this month to provide flexibility in meeting teacher and principal evaluation requirements. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) also released guidance about Community Schools aid. Finally, late last month, NYSED released the highest ever percentage of questions from the 2016 grades 3-8 ELA and math tests.

Funding Opportunity: 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) (Round 7)

Under New York State Education Department’s (NYSED’s) approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver, the state’s persistently lowest-achieving schools are identified as Priority Schools and may also be placed under registration review (SURR), pursuant to Commissioner’s regulation 100.18. As a result, Priority Schools, with the support of the larger district and school-community, have an opportunity to develop and implement a whole-school change model with the goal of achieving dramatic school-level achievement gains such that the school is in good academic standing within three years.