Effective Teaching & Leading RFP - CLOSED!
Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) has aligned our strategic grantmaking in education with the state’s ambitious 60x30 goal to significantly increase the number of young adults who have the educational credentials needed to thrive in a 21st century economy. For schools to vastly increase the number of students attaining postsecondary degrees and credentials of value, teachers and school leaders will play a vital role. Research has repeatedly shown that the quality of classroom instruction is the primary school-related driver of student achievement. CFT has a longstanding commitment to supporting programs that recruit, prepare, retain, and support the advancement of a high-quality teaching and school leadership workforce in North Texas.
Teachers and school leadership went above and beyond to continue to educate and support students during the past year of the pandemic. While some parts of society came to recognize teachers as heroes, many teachers reported that they did not feel adequately supported or protected. The Learning Policy Institute found that the pandemic worsened already critical teacher shortages. In Texas, those shortages are most acute in specialized subject areas and high-need schools. The shortage of highly qualified teachers and leaders with experience navigating the unique challenges of urban schools exacerbates educational inequalities. Schools that serve children from low-income families are more likely to rely on less credentialed and novice teachers. As society continues to grapple with the ongoing effects of the pandemic and look for ways to transform schools to better serve all learners, this is an opportune time to focus on teachers and the school leadership that supports them.
Communities Foundation of Texas is seeking proposals for projects that increase the pipeline of new, diverse, and well-equipped teachers, and to help teachers become school leaders through continued education, mentorship, and coaching.
According to the Learning Policy Institute, strategies that build a sustainable pipeline of educators include:
We are seeking North Texas partners who can enhance such efforts through evidence-informed technical assistance, new research that studies the efficacy of current efforts, and continuous program improvement to innovate and improve outcomes for educators serving high-need public schools.
- Grow-your-own programs
- Teacher residencies
- Financial support for teaching candidates
Since students do better
when taught by teachers who match their ethnic and racial characteristics, CFT also aims to ensure that the educator pipeline reflects the diversity of North Texas students and that these educators have the necessary support to obtain positions of leadership within schools.
How do I submit my proposal?
You can submit your proposal through our online submission form, here or by clicking the button below. We recommend using the downloadable version of the application when drafting your responses before uploading them into the online submission form, as there are limits to word counts for each question and the online form does not allow applicants to save work and return to it. Final answers must be submitted through the online application. Download the application here or under Resources on the right side of the page.
APPLICATION IS CLOSED
Submissions were accepted through September 14.
Accessing the online form to submit your proposal:
- Visit our online application portal: CFTgrants.org
- Select “Create a New Account” (or Log On if you already have an account) and follow the prompts
- To access the online form, select the green “Apply” link in the top left-hand corner
- Read the summary of the opportunity, click the blue “Apply” button, fill out the online form, and then click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page
*See below for our funding levels, funding categories, eligibility requirements, virtual office hours, and a recording of our Learning RFP: Overview Webinar.
Applicants may request funding up to the following limits:
- Promising Practice Research: $500,000 for a grant period of up to two (2) years
- Strengthening Educator Pathways: $500,000 for a grant period of up to three (3) years
Applicants may select a grant term of up to two (2) years for the Promising Practice Research category and up to three (3) years for the Strengthening Educator Pathways category. The above funding limits cover the entire grant period
and are not annual amounts.
For each proposal, grantees must provide: (1) a project budget, and (2) a corresponding budget narrative that clearly outlines and describes the total costs.
CFT permits grantees to request funding for direct costs associated with the project, and reasonable indirect costs. Institutions of higher education, including community colleges and universities, may receive an indirect cost rate of 10% of total direct project costs. Full-time employees at institutions of higher education whose salaries are covered by the institution may not include salary support in the project budget without a detailed justification.