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Teacher Residency Planning Grant

Grants to Illinois LEAs to Plan and Implement
Teacher Residency Programs

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Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

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Deadline Date:

02/15/19 4:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants to Illinois LEAs collaborating with IHEs to design, plan, and implement teacher residency programs. Funding is intended to create programs to address teacher shortages, specifically in districts with a low-income or minority population. The residency program will place teacher candidates in classrooms with certified teachers in order to further their training and experience.

Program Objectives

Residency programs provide year-long clinical experience with intensive supports, and improve coherence among educators’ pre-service experience, induction and future professional learning. LEA in partnership with the IHE shall use planning grant funds to design Teacher Residency Programs to meet the following objectives:

i. Develop strong partnerships between LEAs and IHEs;
ii. Recruit high-ability teacher residents to meet specific district hiring needs, especially where there are shortages;
iii. Implement a full year of clinical practice co-teaching alongside an expert mentor teacher;
iv. Offer relevant coursework and/or competencies that are tightly integrated with clinical practice;
v. Recruit, train and provide ongoing professional development for expert mentor teachers to co-teach with teacher residents;
vi. Recruit diverse cohorts of residents, including utilizing recruitment efforts to include underrepresented candidates, including but not limited to low-income student residents, residents of color, and first-generation student residents;
vii. Ensure cohorts of teacher residents in classroom settings model evidence-based practices with diverse learners—including English learners, students with disabilities, gifted students, and/or students with low literacy levels—that are designed to help novice residents learn to teach;
viii. Provide ongoing mentoring, induction and support for new teachers after they graduate;
ix. Supply financial support for teacher residents in exchange for committing to teach in the sponsoring LEA for a minimum number of years, if offered a position; and
x. Successfully prepare residents for receipt of the professional educator license upon program completion.
xi. Sustainability, including use of existing institutional resources (in-kind, financial, etc.) to support long-term implementation;
xii. Residents are incentivized or required to commit to teaching or leading in the partner LEA upon completion of the program.

Sample activities that may be funded through the Teacher Residency Planning Grant are:
i. Planning and development of a new, collaborative LEA-IHE teacher residency program for teacher residents in a state-identified shortage area, including developing the LEA’s capacity to effectively offer a teacher residency program and support a cohort model for residents within its local school(s); or
i. Planning and development of the expansion an existing LEA-IHE collaborative site-based internship for teacher candidates into a teacher residency program in a state-identified shortage area.

Funding Information:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185040

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Minimum of 3

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000:
- Up to a maximum of $50,000 per grantee will be awarded in 2019-20 to identify and develop strategies for embedding a full year of clinical residency experience for teacher candidates by the 2020-21 school year.
- Up to a maximum of $200,000 for year-one implementation may be awarded to planning grantees contingent on successful completion of the planning grant activities in FY20. Implementation grant monies will be used to implement a full year of residency experience for teacher residents in the 2020-21 school year.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will begin no sooner than July 1, 2019, and will extend from the execution date of the grant until June 30, 2021.

Funding for implementation of the planned residency program in 2020-21 is contingent on successful completion of the planning grant activities in FY20.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

High-need Local Education Agencies (LEA) including school districts and regional offices of education (ROEs). A high-need LEA means an LEA with schools that (1) have high rates of minority students or high rates of students in poverty as identified by Title I criteria, or (2) can demonstrate chronic, multiple teacher shortages in state-identified or local shortage areas.

Funds provided by this grant must be used to supplement, not supplant, funds available under other state or federal programs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A technical assistance session will be held Tuesday, January 15, at 2:00 PM. Attendance is not required.


Pre-Application Information:

Proposals can be submitted electronically through the ISBE Attachment Manager, mailed, or hand-delivered no later than 4 p.m. CST on Feb. 15, 2019.

All questions asked concerning this NOFO/RFP will be responded to in a Frequently Asked Questions document found at so all respondents can see all questions and the responses to the questions. Changes to the FAQ will not be made after Jan. 31, 2019. Applicants are advised to check
the site before submitting a proposal.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will receive a Notice of State Award (NOSA) from the state superintendent approximately 90 days after the application deadline.

The State of Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requires applicants to complete pre-qualification requirements before applying for an FY 2020 grant. This includes completion of the Grantee Registration and Pre-qualification process through the Illinois GATA Web Portal.

Grant applicants are required to complete a FY 2020 Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment in the form of an Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ) available through the GATA Web Portal and a FY 2020 Programmatic Risk Assessment through the ISBE Web Application Security (IWAS) system.

Each applicant is required to be registered in SAM before submitting its applications, and is required to provide a valid DUNS number in its application.

The planning grant funds must be matched by the grantee LEA on a dollar-for-dollar basis. LEA may use actual dollars or the in-kind value of services or other expenditures from the grantee’s own resources.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grantee Registration and Pre-qualification:

Cristina Dimmitt-Salinas

Electronic Application Submission:

Or mail applications to:

Cristina Dimmitt-Salinas
Educator Effectiveness
100 North First Street, E-240
Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001

Or hand-deliver applications to:

Reception Area
1st Floor
100 North First Street
Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001

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Funding or Pin Number:

586-00-2048, 20-4935TR

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois