Educators for the 21st Century
The Educators for the 21st Century competitive grant program provides partnership grants for professional development projects serving K-12 educators. The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the program, which is federally funded under Title II, Part A, Subpart 3 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. To date, the Council and its predecessor, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, have awarded grants to 54 projects. Projects provide professional development in core academic subject areas, and partnerships must include all of the following partners:
- A college of education or similar teacher and/or principal preparation unit.
- A college or university school of arts and sciences, such as a mathematics, English, history, or other department, that offers a major in a core academic subject relevant to the project’s focus.
- At least one high-need local education agency (a school district, charter school, or tribal school).
Additional schools, school districts, educational service districts, colleges or universities, nonprofit educational or cultural organizations, principal or teacher organizations, and/or businesses are encouraged to be partners too.
During 2016-17, seven projects are providing professional learning activities designed to accomplish one or more of the following three goals for teachers of core academic subjects:
1. Out-of-endorsement teachers have the subject matter knowledge and standards-based teaching skills necessary to make meaningful progress towards obtaining teaching endorsements in the core academic subjects they teach.
2. Teachers have the subject matter knowledge and standards-based teaching skills necessary to use the state's Since Time Immemorial curriculum to improve instructional practices and student achievement for all students.
3. Teachers have the subject matter knowledge and standards-based teaching skills necessary to use the Smarter Balanced Digital Library's four-step formative assessment process and instructional resources to improve instructional practices and student achievement for all students.
To ensure teachers get the support they need to reach these goals, all seven projects provide professional learning activities designed to ensure that principals and assistant principals have the instructional leadership skills that will help them work most effectively with teachers to help all students master core academic subjects.
The seven projects are summarized here and listed below, with links to project abstracts providing more detailed information about the projects.
- Data for Equity (NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101)
- Implementation of Since Time Immemorial: Higher Education and K-12 School Partnership Pilot Project (Western Washington University)
- Modeling Our World (University of Washington Bothell)
- Project Core-Time-Digital K-12 (University of Washington Tacoma)
- Science and the Swinomish (Western Washington University)
- Transformative Math Assessments (Educational Service District 112)
- Transforming Professional Practice in K-8 Math (Seattle Pacific University)
In addition, the Council is collaborating with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to jointly fund a Mathematics and Science Partnership project led by Steilacoom School District called SER2 Steilacoom, Eatonville, Rochester – Soaring toward Educational Rigor. This project serves 6-12th grade math and science teachers and their principals and assistant principals. The Council has budgeted a combined total of $1,875,000 for all of these projects, which serve schools across the state. With the exception of Science and the Swinomish, one hundred percent of the funding is federal, and none is from other sources. For Science and the Swinomish, 94 percent is federal, and six percent is tribal.