Educators for the 21st Century

The Educators for the 21st Century competitive grant program provided partnership grants for professional development projects serving K-12 educators. The Washington Student Achievement Council administered the program, which was 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 58 projects.  Projects provided professional development in core academic subject areas, and partnerships included 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 were encouraged to be partners too. 

Recent Projects

During 2016-18, seven projects provided 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.

The seven projects are summarized here and listed below, with links to project abstracts providing more detailed information about the projects.