Teaching Equity Conference Application for Funding

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We are pleased to announce that the deadline has been extended for the Teaching Equity Network Fund! Applications are now due Friday, June 2nd!  

We are a network of cross-sector collaborators promoting equity in the preparation of future educators, equity in pathways into teaching, and ongoing training around diversity and cultural responsive practices for educators. Our mission is to advocate for a racially and linguistically diverse teacher workforce and to develop teacher warriors that are committed to equity and are actively engaging in educational transformation in schools.  The Teaching Equity Network Fund seeks to promote and support efforts to diversify the demographics of our educators, deepen cultural responsiveness among educator professionals, and enhance efforts to promote equity through local gatherings and partnerships across the state.  The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), Washington Education Association (WEA) and the Center for Excellence in Careers in Education (CECE) are partnering to create and promote this Teaching Equity Network Fund.  

The Opportunity:
Building off of our annual, state-wide Teaching Equity Conference, the Teaching Equity Network Fund creates an opportunity for stakeholders to develop and host their own "Teaching Equity" events!  These events are intended to gather regional stakeholders in a collaborative space to further equity initiatives and contribute to a statewide teaching equity network.  To foster these initiatives, the Teaching Equity Network Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to support the establishment of local equity gatherings. To be considered, please review the criteria below and complete your application by end of day, Friday June 2nd. Grants will be reviewed and announced within a month of submission.

Please note that there will be a second round of applications run in the fall of 2017!

To be eligible to receive a grant, applications must include partnerships with other education stakeholders (see further instructions on following pages of application). Events should be held and funds should be spent within the first 6 months they are received. Additionally, the event gatherings must focus on at least one of the following:

  • Embed opportunities for youth and professional educators to collaborate or learn together and/or from each other
  • A youth focus/component of the event ("Youth Summit" or something similar)
  • Professional growth opportunities for in-service professional educators (clock hours)
  • Inclusion of research and/or data on key equity topics (e.g., opportunity gap, education laws, discipline reporting)
  • A positive focus on highlighting educator roles and opportunity for an educator career path (e.g. contributions/impacts of education, educators on the welfare of communities, children, families, society) 
  • Training on cultural responsiveness, diversity, and equity in educator practices 
  • Gatherings for local community members to increase knowledge and exposure of teaching opportunities and pathways

Additional criteria for the development and necessary components of the equity gatherings are listed on the following pages.  Expectations of awarded grantees include a space at the gathering for statewide representatives of PESB, WEA and CECE to see the work in action.

Reporting Requirements:
All successful applications will be required to submit a post-event report to PESB within 45 days of the event. This report must include event data (number of attendees in aggregate and dis-aggregated), and a two-page evaluation summary of successes and weaknesses of the event, as well as details around any next steps.  The Teaching Equity Network Fund may also ask for the completion of a short, one-page questionnaire to inform the development of future grant opportunities. 

If you have questions, please contact teachingequity@greenriver.edu