Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that the $150 million Investing in Innovation program – grants which fund the development of innovative ideas – will prioritize proposals that focus on improving outcomes for students with disabilities, among other areas. CEC is applauding the Department’s efforts to use i3 to support students with disabilities.
Investing in Innovation, known as i3, was established in 2009 by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and provides funding to test ideas that are in the development, validation, or scale-up phases.
Other priority areas for i3 development grants include: Improving the Effectiveness of Teachers or Principals; Improving Low-Performing Schools; Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education; Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners (ELs); Improving Parent and Family Engagement; Effective Use of Technology; and Serving Rural Communities; in addition to Improving Academic Outcomes for Students with Disabilities.
The 2013 application process for development grants is now underway and pre-applications are due April 26, 2013. Following the peer review process, the Department will announce a list of the highly rated pre-applications. These entities will then be invited to apply for the Development competition and given additional time to complete their full application.