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 47 projects.

The Washington Student Achievement Council requests proposals for professional development partnership projects focused on one or more of the following tracks:

  • Helping out-of-endorsement teachers make meaningful progress towards obtaining endorsements in core academic subjects.
  • Implementing the Since Time Immemorial curriculum.
  • Implementing the four-step formative assessment process and instructional resources in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library.

Professional development must be in core academic subject areas, and partnerships must include all of the following:

  • 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 chosen track(s). 
  • At least one high-need school district. 

Additional schools (tribal, charter, private, and/or public), school districts, educational service districts, colleges or universities, pre-kindergarten entities, nonprofit educational or cultural organizations, principal or teacher organizations, and/or businesses are also encouraged to participate as optional partners. See the RFP for a complete list of partners. 

Up to $1,800,000 total is available to fund two or more projects serving schools within target regions defined by the boundaries of the state’s nine educational Service Districts. Projects may request up to $100,000 per target region served per track provided, but may not request more than $900,000 total. One hundred percent of the funding is federal, and none is from other sources. 

For more information, fillable forms, or to be placed on the email list for updates and announcements, contact the RFP Coordinator, Mark Bergeson. He can provide technical assistance via email, phone, or face-to-face (by appointment).


Anticipated Timeline:

  • February 29, 2016 5:00 p.m. WSAC will make the RFP and a pre-proposal orientation video available on this webpage.
  • March 2, 2016 1:00-2:00 p.m. WSAC will host an optional Bidders' webinar to answer questions regarding the grant program and the application process. This will be a question and answer session rather than a presentation. It will cover questions about the RFP and the pre-proposal orientation video. Attendance is encouraged but not mandatory. Notify the RFP Coordinator by 11:00 a.m. March 2, 2016 if you would like to participate.
  • March 9, 2016 5:00 p.m. Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) is due. Each applicant must submit a NOI via email to the RFP Coordinator. Projects that do not submit NOIs will not be considered for funding.
  • April 6, 2016 5:00 p.m. Proposals are due. Each applicant must submit a proposal via email to the RFP Coordinator.
  • May 16, 2016-July 31, 2017: Project period for successful applicants.
    • Professional development activities must be complete by June 30, 2017, and reporting must be complete by July 31, 2017.