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June 25, 2021

IES Announces New FY 2021 Education Research and Development Center Grant

I’ll be interested to see if this grant results in anything useful for our field.

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IES Announces New FY 2021 Education Research and Development Center Grant

IES and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) awarded one new grant under the FY 2021 Education Research and Development Centers competition (84.305C).

Innovations in Technology-Enabled Instruction for Student Success and Equity (InTISE) Center

Principal Investigator: Deborah Jones, SRI International

Award amount: approximately $10 million over 5 years

InTISE will lead national conversations about technology in postsecondary education and conduct a series of studies to support the development of students’ self-directed learning capabilities.

IES R&D Centers aim to resolve educational challenges in the United States by engaging in research, development, evaluation, and national leadership activities aimed at improving the education system and, ultimately, student achievement. For FY 2021, NCER invited applications for an R&D center that would focus on improving teaching and learning in postsecondary institutions.

 

The Institute of Education Sciences is the independent research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the IES website, sign up for the IES news flash or follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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June 24, 2021

IES Hosts Virtual Office Hours for Grant Applicant Technical Assistance

These opportunities may be of interest to some readers.

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IES Hosts Virtual Office Hours for Grant Applicant Technical Assistance

The National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research are hosting virtual office hours to provide technical assistance for grant applicants.

These sessions are open to the public and do not require pre-registration. Information on the sessions is available here.

Participants can ask questions and learn from the general discussion of topics such as – how IES funding opportunities work, general grant-writing tips, identifying your project type, and competition-specific discussions.

These virtual office hours will take place between June 28 and August 4, and participants can attend as many as they would like to.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
IES Research on Facebook IES Research on Twitter
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSER to stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

June 17, 2021

IES Announces FY 2022 Grant Competitions in Education Research Statistics and Using Data for Recovery

Another item from IES, this time a funding announcement that some readers of this space might be interested in pursuing.

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IES Announces FY 2022 Grant Competitions in Education Research Statistics and Using Data for Recovery

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) at IES released funding announcements for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) for the Statistical and Research Methodology in Education and the Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Education Recovery Policymaking Grant Programs.

  • Application Packages are available on June 15, 2021
  • The Application deadline is August 12, 2021

Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (84.305D): This program provides a wide range of methodological and statistical tools that will better enable applied education scientists to conduct rigorous education research. In FY 2022, IES invites applications for Core Grants (previously named Regular Grants) and Early Career Grants.

  • The Core Grants topic supports the development of new and improved methods as it has in the past, and it now specifically supports the compilation of existing research and information into such products as toolkits, guidelines, compendia, and review papers.
  • The Early Career Grants topic supports the development of new and improved methods by early career researchers and the maximum award has been increased to $300,000 to support greater collaboration among researchers and allow greater involvement of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the work.

Using Longitudinal Data to Support State Education Recovery Policymaking (84.305S):  For FY 2022, through the Using Data for Recovery grant program, the IES will support state agencies’ use of their state’s education longitudinal data systems (SLDS) as they and local education agencies reengage their students after the disruptions caused by COVID-19. State agencies may use these grants to  (1) identify subpopulations of students that did not engage or progress at expected rates during and after the disruption and the reasons why, and (2) develop evidence on the implementation and impact of programs and policies intended to help these students fully reengage and progress in their education.

State agencies can apply for these grants, on their own or in collaboration with other organizations.  Proposed research can address learners in pre-kindergarten, K-12, postsecondary, and adult education.

More information about the IES research programs, application process, and deadlines are available on the IES Funding Opportunities web page.

Pre-recorded webinars that describe the grant programs, application procedures, and grant writing procedures will be available in the coming weeks.

The Institute of Education Sciences is the independent research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the IES website, sign up for the IES news flash or follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
IES Research on Facebook IES Research on Twitter
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSER to stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

June 16, 2021

NCSER Announces FY 2022 Research Grant Competition

This funding announcement may be of interest to some readers.

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NCSER Announces FY 2022 Research Grant Competition

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released its funding announcement for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022).

Research to Accelerate Pandemic Recovery in Special Education (84.324X)

This program seeks to address the urgent challenges districts and schools face in supporting students with or at risk for disabilities, their teachers, and their families in the aftermath of the pandemic. Grants will support research that—

  • Is directly related to a pandemic-related problem, issue, or intervention (program, policies, practices)
  • Has the potential to significantly and rapidly improve outcomes for students with or at risk for disabilities
  • Will provide actionable and timely results to districts and schools

There will be two sets of deadlines for this competition:

First deadline

  • Application Package will be available on June 15, 2021
  • Letters of intent (optional but encouraged) are due June 30, 2021
  • Application deadline is August 2, 2021

Second deadline

  • Application Package will be available on June 15, 2021
  • Letters of intent (optional but encouraged) are due July 15, 2021
  • Application deadline is September 9, 2021

Grants awarded through 84.324X will be supported by the American Rescue Plan. Due to limited Research in Special Education funds available for new awards, NCSER will not release any additional competitions in FY 2022.

More information about the IES research programs, application process, and deadlines are available on the IES Funding Opportunities web page.

The Institute of Education Sciences is the independent research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Visit the IES website, sign up for the IES news flash or follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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October 30, 2020

Diane Ravitch’s blog – Ohio: The Staggering Cost of Privatization of Public Money

These kinds of stories and news items never cease to surprise me.

Bill Phillis, founder of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Advocacy, is a retired state superintendent in the state. He has focused like a laser on the importance of funding public education equitably and adequately. He writes here about the staggering cost of privatizing public money to pay for charters, virtual charters, and vouchers. This is money deducted from the public schools, which outperform both charters and vouchers and the failing virtual charter industry.

To continue reading, click https://dianeravitch.net/2020/10/24/ohio-the-staggering-cost-of-privatization-of-public-money/

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