The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is seeking applications from Local Education Agencies for the School Climate Transformation Grant Program (SCTG-LEA). The SCTG-LEA program provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing a multi-tiered system of support, for improving school climate.
School climate plays a critical role in the potential success and school experiences of a student. Students who learn in positive learning environments are more likely to improve academically, participate more fully in the classroom, and develop skills that will help them be successful in school and in life.
Implementing a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework is one strategy schools can use to address their school climate concerns. MTSS frameworks are designed to assist schools in providing the appropriate level of instruction and intervention for their students. The successful implementation of an MTSS can support many areas of students' needs including academic growth and achievement, behavior, and social and emotional needs.
Through this program, the Department will prioritize supporting certain communities that may uniquely benefit from implementing a multi-tiered system of support. In particular, the Department is establishing an absolute priority for an LEA that is a rural LEA or serves a Tribal community. The Department is also establishing a separate absolute priority for an LEA that is in a Qualified Opportunity Zone. These groups are further defined at the link below.
Eligibility: LEAs, or consortia of LEAs, as defined by section 8101(30) of the ESEA who have never received a grant under SCTG-LEA.
Grant Amount: Up to 5 years of grant funding with an average award size of $500,000
Due Date: July 22, 2019
For more information: You can find full details on the program, including the application here.