The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the opening of the application for the Teacher Leadership Grant (District Practices Fellowship) for the 2022–2023 school year.
Purpose and process
The purpose of the Teacher Leadership Grant (District Practices Fellowship) is to fund and support local education agencies (LEAs) in strengthening leadership pipelines, refining teacher retention strategies, and implementing the practice of using high-leverage instructional practices for student learning. Teacher fellow (TF) cohorts participating in the grant will gather stakeholder input on the required focus areas (e.g., human capital systems, support for student readiness, high quality instructional assessment and materials, and student access to high quality instruction), develop recommendations, and present to senior LEA leadership.
The process for the grant requires LEAs to partner with an approved technical assistance provider to prioritize needs and choose at least one of the required focus areas mentioned above. LEAs will then recruit and select a group of diverse, highly effective teacher leaders to be named TFs for the grant year. TFs will meet at least eight times during the year to work on the focus areas and create recommendations to strengthen programs and practices ultimately leading to improved student outcomes.
TEA anticipates approximately ten grants will be awarded ranging in funding from $30,000 to $90,000 per LEA. Grant funding may be spent on approved partnerships (required), additional teacher compensation, and supplies and materials. Caps for funding expenditures include a maximum of $1,500 for teacher compensation per TF and a maximum of $1,000 for supplies and materials. The remaining funding will be applied to training and costs associated with partnering with a technical assistance provider. LEAs must use the TEA approved partner list. The selected partners will serve as a pillar of support through the grant process.
Application and award timelines
Important milestone dates are included in the table below:
|November 19, 2021
||Application due date to TEA
|December 6, 2021, through January 26, 2022
||Application review period, including oral interviews, as needed
|January 27, 2022
||Anticipated award announcement
|February 21, 2022
||Grant funding begins for awardees
|July 31, 2023
||Grant funding ends for awardees
LEAs will be expected to hold monthly training sessions for TFs, as well as quarterly meetings with LEA leadership members. Documentation of meetings and outcomes will be a requirement of grant funding. More information can be found in the program guidelines for the grant.
TEA continues to support teacher leadership and development, as well as student learning, through grant opportunities. The Teacher Leadership Grant (District Practices Fellowship) offers the opportunity to further professionalize the teaching profession and provide teacher leadership pathways within local school systems.
Jennifer Barton is a compensation and HR consultant at TASB HR Services. Send Jennifer an email at email@example.com.
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