Grants and Funding Opportunities
New York State School Technology Voucher Program (NYS-STVP)
Due to a settlement agreement with Microsoft, over $87 million have been made available for New York State schools. Fund vouchers will be allocated to eligible schools through the New York State School Technology Voucher program, and are to be used to invest in new technologies and resources for high-need schools.
The NYS Education Department has created a web page for the New York State School Technology Voucher Program (NYS-STVP) detailing the guidelines, pre-requisites, and application process. According to the site, all successfully completed applications will be funded.
The online voucher claim system is currently under development and is expected to be available in April. Before an application to the program is submitted, schools are required to identify a point-of-contact with the NYSED and complete the Technology Readiness Tool (TRT).
Here is the eligibility criteria from the NYSED website:
For a public or charter school to be eligible to receive an allotment of the Cy Pres Funds, it must meet the following criteria:
- Be a public school or charter school serving students in any grades, kindergarten through grade 12.
- Have at least 50 percent or more of its students enrolled in the Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRPL) for the year of 2011-12 (as of March 2012).
Race to the Top
Teq assists districts and network teams in meeting the goals of the Race to the Top (RTT) assurance areas through professional development, Common Core, STEM, SAFARI Montage, and learner response systems.
Race to the Top is President Obama's signature education initiative. In 2010, Race to the Top was introduced as a federal grant competition for states to improve their education systems. The states that are implementing compelling and comprehensive education reform were awarded allocations to lead the way with ambitious yet achievable plans.
Race to the Top establishes Federal goals for public schools and public charter schools. The RTT competition is intended to encourage and reward States that are implementing significant reforms in the four assurance areas described in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). It offered $4.3 billion in grants to reward states that have already demonstrated support for and have proven success towards implementing these goals. The awards were based on proven accomplishments and future plans.
The RTT funds will allow districts to close persistent achievement gaps, while building skills and integrating the technology needed to increase achievement for all.
A Solution for Network Teams and Districts
- Our PD offers Common Core, e-portfolio, college/career readiness, STEM, PSI/PMI (which correlates with Retaining/Developing Great Teachers and Leaders), and Standard and Assessment.
- Our Admin sessions also focus on Common Core and STEM, correlating to the Standard and Assessments assurance area.
- SAFARI, which supports instruction through Data Systems, also correlates to the Standards and Assessments assurance area.
- Our PD Usability sessions and embedded PD are designed to effectively increase best practice-based use of existing and future technologies tied to STEM and CCSS alignment, which assists in Retaining/Developing Great Teachers and leaders.
- Our SMART Response offering is relevant to Data Systems and supporting instruction, Standards and Assessments.
- Our student workshops are relative to Standards and Assessments and helping students become College Career Ready.
Race to the Top Resource Team
Our RTT Resource Team is dedicated to assisting you with any questions you may have regarding all RTT grants, eligibility, applications, and related funds.
- Chris Nelson, MBA / SDA / CETL is a school administrator with eighteen years of experience. For the past three years, he has worked as an influential member of the NYSED Network team, tasked with differentiating and turn-keying training on the Race to the Top Assurance Areas, and championed progressive cultural changes in schools through professional development. He also completed a multi-year NYS Learning Technology Grant project to promote an increase in continuous, progressive integration of instructional technology in classrooms to improve student academic performance in relation to the New York State Learning Standards.
- Geri Resta, BS Childhood Education is a certified early childhood educator and former Teq Instructional Technologist. Her combined knowledge of Race to the Top, and how Teq’s professional development services align with the four assurance areas has already assisted multiple school districts in receiving grant funds.
Please complete the form below to be contacted about how Teq can work with you to address the four assurance areas of the Race to the Top initiative.