Frequently Asked Questions
Improving Teacher Quality - Applications
Are there forms that should be used for the Needs Assessment portion of the application?
No, but the Application Instructions contained in the RFP include more detail about how you might structure the Needs Assessment. It is largely up to proposers to assess need through the use of school and district data, surveys, and other means, and to present those findings. The need identified must be specific to the school or schools proposed.
In addition to page limits in the narrative, is there a page limit for items included as attachments?
Attachments must adhere to the page limits for specific items and should not include additional materials to those described in the Application Instructions. The only exception would be the inclusion of one-page letters of commitment from partner agencies (general letters of support from partners or other agencies should NOT be included). Also, margins, type size, and page limits in the main body of the narrative must be observed, although the inclusion of short tables in single-spaced fonts is permitted. A general rule to be observed is not to overload the proposal—excess pages will be discarded and not considered by readers.
Is the ITQ State Grants Program highly competitive, or do most qualified applicants receive funding?
It is in the interest of quality projects to have as competitive a process as possible, but the number of proposers who submit in each round depends on many circumstances, most beyond the control of the program. CPEC does not know how many applications it will receive every year. The submission of Notices of Intent provides a maximum number, but generally, not all those who file a Notice actually complete a proposal.
May a project director lead more than one ITQ project?
With regard to project leadership, CPEC has historically preferred NOT to fund two projects with the same project director, but this policy is not written in stone. A proposal that includes a project director who already leads an ITQ project should provide additional justification for the project director designation that specifically addresses potential concerns regarding over-commitment and how the integrity of the separate projects will be ensured.
May an institution with a currently funded ITQ Project apply for a new ITQ grant? May an institution apply for more than one project at the same time?
The Improving Teacher Quality program tries to balance the need to widely distribute limited program funds with ensuring the selection of the highest quality projects. Therefore, our rules permit applications to be submitted in situations where all of the above issues apply. If an institution (college or university) wishes to apply for more than one project in a single competition, a separate Letter of Intent must be submitted for each project. An institution that already has an ITQ grant may apply for additional grants in new competition cycles. If one institution submits more than one proposal, bear in mind that it may add an additional layer of competition for those two proposals. If there are more proposals deemed fundable than CPEC is able to fund it would be unlikely that two from one institution would be funded. Also, in this case, geographic distribution of awards would be a factor.
Whose signatures are required on the Letter of Intent to Submit a Proposal
? The Letter of Intent to Submit a Proposal requires ONE signature from the Institution of Higher Education School or Division of Education (which prepares teachers and principals), ONE signature from the School of Arts and Science or a department within it, and ONE signature from the Local Educational Agency. Because the Letter of Intent is mainly used to establish the number of potential proposals and to demonstrate that partnerships are in place to submit them, it does NOT require the same level of signatures required on the final proposal. Project co-directors, lead faculty, or others involved in submitting the proposal may sign. The proposal itself requires signatures from administrators at the appropriate level to accept and/or commit to participation in a grant. All three of the mandated partner institutions (see partnership questions) must sign the application forms, but the signatures may appear on separate pages if needed. They may even arrive separately as long as it is made very clear which Notice of Intent the signature belongs to.
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