Educators for the 21st Century

The Educators for the 21st Century competitive grant program (formerly known as the Washington Higher Education Improving Teacher Quality 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 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 46 projects.

Current Projects (2012-2015)

The Council is collaborating with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to administer two professional development projects designed to help 6th-12th grade educators implement the Common Core State Standards and the state's science standards (in conjunction with the Framework for K-12 Science Education):

The Council independently administers two additional projects designed to help elementary, middle, and high school educators implement the Common Core State Standards:

The total funding (100 percent federal and 0 percent from other sources) for current projects is about $2.4 million.


Request for Proposals

The Washington Student Achievement Council requests proposals for professional development partnership grants to help K-12 educators implement the Smarter Balanced interim assessments. Partnerships must include:

  • A college or university teacher or principal preparation unit; 
  • A college or university school of arts and sciences, such as a mathematics or English department, that offers a major in a core academic subject relevant to the interim assessments; and 
  • At least one high-need school district. 

Additional schools (public, charter, or private nonprofit), school districts, educational service districts, universities, or colleges are also invited to participate. See the Request for Proposals for a complete list of optional partners. 

Up to $900,000 total is available to fund one 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. One hundred percent of the funding is federal, and none is from other sources.  

For more information, or to be placed on the email list for updates and announcements, contact the RFP Coordinator, Mark Bergeson (360-753-7881).

Anticipated Timeline:

  • January 9, 2015 1:00-3:00 p.m. WSAC will host an optional Bidders' webinar to answer questions regarding the grant program and the application process. This webinar will be recorded and posted on this page. Attendance is encouraged but not mandatory. Notify the RFP Coordinator if you would like to participate.
  • View a recording of the webinar
  • Download the webinar powerpoint
  • January 16, 2015 5:00 p.m. Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) is due. Each applicant must submit a NOI via email to the RFP Coordinator.
  • March 3, 2015 5:00 p.m. Proposals are due. Each applicant must submit a proposal via email to the RFP Coordinator.
  • Project period (for successful applicants): April 16, 2015-August 31, 2016. Professional development activities must be complete by June 30, 2016, and reporting must be complete by August 31, 2016. 


Note: all times listed above are Pacific Daylight times.