Second Funding Cycle for Next Generation Learning Challenges Wave III
$12 Million Grant Competition is Now Open
Dear iNACOL Members:
iNACOL, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Educause, League for Innovation and CCSSO launched the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant initiative last year. Together, with two full waves of funding behind us, and a third currently underway, we are enthusiastic about the innovative work we are seeing around the country.
I wanted to let you know that NGLC is offering two “program officer chats” where interested parties will have the opportunity to ask NGLC staff questions related to the RFPs. The “college readiness” chat (for those interested in secondary education grants) is held on December 13, 2011, 4:00 p.m. EDT and the subject is “Wave IIIa: Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness”.
If you miss the live chat, note that each chat will be archived and available for viewing on the NGLC Archived Events page. For more information, visit the Upcoming Events page at http://nextgenlearning.org/ or http://nextgenlearning.org/the-community/events
NGLC’s third wave of funding, totaling $12 million, is seeking comprehensive, breakthrough models that fundamentally change the way education is designed and delivered across secondary and postsecondary institutions. “Wave III” seeks solutions that apply technology to personalize students’ learning experiences, thereby improving the speed and depth by which they develop and master critical knowledge and skills. This is an important grant opportunity, and I encourage you to reach out to your colleagues and networks and invite and invite them to learn more.
The Wave III Challenge: Breakthrough Models for College Readiness and Completion
The emphasis for Wave III is on WHOLE school models and COMPLETE degree programs that significantly reorganize the learning process and redefine student experiences.
Wave III includes two separate Requests for Proposals. The first round of applications, submitted in November, produced some very compelling examples – a clear demonstration that the field is ready to respond to the high bar for transformational change we set in the Wave III RFPs. There are two remaining opportunities to submit proposals (in February 2012 and June 2012).
Wave IIIa: Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness
This request for proposals seeks both district and charter school innovators who recognize the potential of technology-enabled models to catalyze transformative change and who plan to launch new, scalable whole-school models that combine the best aspects of brick-and-mortar and online learning to result in more personalized, mastery-based, blended learning. Applicants looking to open new schools serving students in grades 6-12 are eligible to apply.
- Wave IIIb: Breakthrough Models for College Completion
This request for proposals seeks to identifyinnovations that stimulate the development of new, next generation online and blended programs that lead to high-quality, affordable associate’s or bachelor’s degrees. Accredited public, private nonprofit, or for-profit institutions of higher education, or coalitions or consortia of higher education institutions, are eligible to apply.
Key Application Dates
||2nd Phase Notification
||Models Should Open In
|February 9, 2012
||March 9, 2012
||May 31, 2012
||Fall 2012 or Fall 2013
|June 8, 2012
||July 8, 2012
||September 30, 2012
More information is available by visiting the NGLC website at www.nextgenlearning.org
Program Officer Chats
|December 13, 2011, 4:00 p.m. EDT
||December 15, 2011, 3:00 p.m. EDT
|Wave IIIa: Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness
||Wave IIIb: Breakthrough Models for College Completion
We recognize that this third wave of funding poses considerable challenges as well as a significant opportunity to effect meaningful change. We are encouraged by the initial Wave III proposals we’ve reviewed and seek to make as many innovators aware of this unique grant opportunity as possible. I hope that you can help me spread the word.
Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you have and I’ll be happy to help get them answered.Thank you in advance for your time.
President & CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning
NGLC is a collaborative, multi-year initiative created to address the barriers to educational innovation and tap the potential of advanced learning technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States, especially among low-income and minority students. NGLC is led by EDUCAUSE in partnership with the League for Innovation in the Community College, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
To date, NGLC, with its funding partners, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, has awarded $17.5 million in grants to 48 organizations and institutions in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and the United Kingdom.