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No Funding for FY 2011 Teaching American History Grant Applications

The Department of Education has decided not to fund any of Teaching American History (TAH) grant applications submitted in 2011. Instead, remaining funds will be used for continuation grants for some current TAH projects. An email was sent out last week:


Sent: Fri 5/27/2011 1:18 PM
Subject: 2011 Application For Grants Under the Teaching American History Program

Dear Sir or Madam:

Thank you for your application to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Teaching American History (TAH) grant completion.   As you may be aware, funding for many Department of Education programs was decreased in the FY 2011 full-year continuing resolution.  As a result, there are sufficient funds only to support continuation grants for the TAH program to current grantees.  We, therefore, will not be making any new awards in FY 2011 for this program.

We appreciate your interest in this program and your support for improving the teaching of American history in our nation’s schools. We encourage you to access the TAH Web site, which lists all current grantees and provides abstracts for their projects.  These projects include a variety of strategies with activities that support high-quality professional development for history teachers.  That site may be accessed at http://teachinghistory.org/tah-grants.

If you have further questions on the TAH program, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Peggi Zelinko
Director
Teacher Quality Programs
Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has a taken another step towards eliminating the TAH program.

Read some of our previous posts on evaluation and the Teaching American History program:

The evaluation of the TAH program, George Washington, and lessons learned:

Teaching American History Grant Evaluation: Glenn Beck, the Center for American Progress and “No Evidence”? -Part III

TAH, evaluation, evidence, and how a Fox News analyst’s remarks criticizing the Teaching American History program were misleading at best:

Teaching American History Grant Evaluation: Glenn Beck, the Center for American Progress and “No Evidence”? -Part II

How Glenn Beck and the Center for American Progress have sparred over the Teaching American History program:

Teaching American History Grant Evaluation: Glenn Beck, the Center for American Progress and “No Evidence”? -Part I

Teaching American History Evaluation Grant Tips: FOIA Reading Room
Mia D. Howerton of the Department of Education’s Teaching American History (TAH) grant program recently reminded the H-TAH H-NET discussion group about the Office of Innovation and Improvement’s FOIA Reading Room.

As you write your TAH grant, you might want to see examples of previously funded grants, and the FOIA Reading Room provides you with a total of 13 accepted grant applications from 2008, 2009, 2010.  In 2009, for instance, we provided evaluation services for two of the three examples posted (CHARMS and Northshore).  Although the core of any good Teaching American History grant proposal is a plan that addresses the proven, unique needs of your district(s) in way that integrates evaluation into the structure of the program, it helps to have a menu of options to choose from.  The FOIA Reading Room provides this for you.

The 2011 Teaching American History (TAH) program RFP has been released, and completed grant applications are due to the Department of Education on April 4th, 2011.  Evaluation is an even more significant part of the grant application than it has been in the past. As a special service for Teaching American History grant clients, we will consult with you and even assist in designing and writing the evaluation portion of your Teaching American History grant application free of charge. We will also help you design and implement a needs assessment for your teachers and students free of charge. The clock is ticking: call us today at (570) 744-1618 or email evaluation@grantevaluation.com
Teaching American History (TAH) Evaluation 2011 RFP & Grant Application Tips
As evaluators for over 50 Teaching American History (TAH) grants over the last decade, we’ve learned a lot.  The most successful TAH grants, in our experience, put time and effort into an evaluation plan well before the grant begins.  Evaluation planning sessions provide an ordered way for you to think through how best to structure your grant.  Whether or not you ask your evaluator to assist you with a needs assessment, you should be able to clearly articulate why your district needs a Teaching American history grant and how your particular grant proposal will directly address those needs.

When you consider how best to measure the success of your grant with an evaluation plan, you will be forced to think through the relationship between your overall goals and the various pieces and structure of your grant proposal. This is a healthy exercise that can only strengthen your grant writing and content.

As you think through how best to structure your grant and work with your partners to plan the content of your professional development program, remember that evaluation is a required part of the grant.  It shouldn’t be an afterthought.  The best evaluation plans are integrated into the program itself throughout the life of the grant.  This way, not only will you be able to provide the results of the performance measures the Department of Education requires every year, but you will also be able to work in benchmarks that can assist you in managing the grant.

Remember too that any evaluation component you add into the grant application will become a promise to the Department of Education should your grant application be accepted.  The evaluation should be realistic, yet rigorous.

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As a special service to Teaching American History grant clients, we will assist in designing and writing the evaluation portion of your Teaching American History grant application free of charge. We will consult with you and design and administer a needs assessment instrument as well as a plan to directly address the competitive preference priorities. The clock is ticking: call us today to get started! Call (570) 744-1618 or email evaluation@grantevaluation.com
Teaching American History Evaluation: Enabling More Data-Based Decision-Making & the 2011 RFP
The 2011 Teaching American History (TAH) program RFP makes evaluation an even more significant part of the grant application than it has been in the past.

Read it here.

The quality of the evaluation counts for 25 points of the total score of your proposal. Just like last year, your grant proposal will first be scored on overall project quality (35 points), quality of the project design (35 points), need for the project (20 points) and the quality of the management plan (10 points). If you score high high enough in these areas, your application will then be scored by another set of reviewers on the evaluation plan. The quality of the project evaluation plan (25 points) can thus make or break your Teaching American History proposal.

Read more about how we can help you by clicking here.

As we discussed in an earlier post, the needs assessment is also something your evaluator can assist you with. Further, the third competitive preference priority awards up to three additional points for:
Projects that are designed to collect (or obtain), analyze, and use high quality and timely data, including data on program participant outcomes, in accordance with privacy requirements (as defined in this notice), in one or both of the following priority areas:

(a) Improving instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes in elementary and secondary schools.

(b) Providing reliable and comprehensive information on the implementation of Department of Education programs, and participant outcomes in these programs by using data from State longitudinal data systems or by obtaining data from reliable third-party sources.
Your evaluator ought to assist you in planning how you will collect, analyze, and use data in order to meet this priority in a way that makes sense for you.

As a special service to Teaching American History grant clients, we will assist in designing and writing the evaluation portion of your Teaching American History grant application free of charge. We will consult with you and design and administer a needs assessment instrument as well as a plan to directly address the competitive preference priorities. The clock is ticking: call us today to get started! Call (570) 744-1618 or email evaluation@grantevaluation.com
Teaching American History Evaluation: Need Assessments & the 2011 RFP
The evaluation for a successful Teaching American History grant starts well before you are finished writing your TAH grant proposal.

Up to 20 points of the total score of your grant proposal will depend on how well you demonstrate the need for the project. How will you accomplish this?

The 2011 TAH RFP says:
Note: The Secretary encourages applicants to provide information on the district’s American history program, including on the number of teachers, the teachers’ qualifications and certifications, the American history professional development currently being offered in the district, and student performance in American history class. The applicant is also encouraged to address how its proposed professional development strategy will significantly improve both teachers’ ability to teach traditional American history content and student performance with regard to traditional American history. Applicants’ responses to the Need for project criterion should address the American history content needs of the teachers, not the socioeconomic needs of the teachers or the students they serve.
In other words, you need to show how a real deficiency in the American history content needs of your teachers and students will be addressed by your grant. As evaluators on over 50 TAH grants over the last decade, we have developed several needs assessment instruments that can be adapted to help you examine the US history content knowledge and classroom practices of your teachers and students. These can be administered either online or via paper; we’ll collect, tally and explain the results. Discovering where your needs are is not only important for your TAH grant application in answer to the RFP. A needs assessment ought to help you design the structure of your grant and write your grant narrative, as it will reveal what your TAH grant ought to be focused on addressing.

As a special service to Teaching American History grant clients, we will consult with you and design and administer a needs assessment free of charge. In consultation with you, we will also assist in designing and writing the evaluation portion of your Teaching American History grant application free of charge. The clock is ticking: call us today to get started! Call (570) 744-1618 or email evaluation@grantevaluation.com

Click here and visit our TAH grant page for more.

A needs assessment will also be important this year in order to obtain up to 3 extra points by meet the second competitive priority preference to improve achievement and high school graduation rates, which the Teaching American History RFP defines as: (more…)
Teaching American History RFP 2011 – TAH Evaluation Is Key
The long awaited Teaching American History (TAH) program RFP has been published today, and evaluation is an even more significant part of the grant application than it has been in the past.  Read it here.

The quality of the evaluation counts for 25 points of the total score of your proposal.  Just like last year, your grant proposal will first be scored on overall project quality (35 points), quality of the project design (35 points), need for the project (20 points) and the quality of the management plan (10 points).  If you score high high enough in these areas, your application will then be scored by another set of reviewers on the evaluation plan.  The quality of the project evaluation plan (25 points) can thus make or break your Teaching American History proposal.

Further, consider two of the four new competitive preference priorities.  Priority 2 gives up to three additional points for improving achievement and high school graduation rates” and priority 3 gives up to three additional points for “enabling more data-based decision-making.”  Addressing both these priorities will require a rigorously designed and well implemented evaluation plan.

We will be breaking down the RFP in future posts with tips and commentary in the coming days, so check back soon.  Also, save the date: the ED TAH staff will hold two pre-application meetings on March 11 in Washington, D.C. at the Department of Education.

As always, never hesitate to contact us concerning your evaluation needs. Call us at (570) 744-1618 or email evaluation@grantevaluation.com

As a special service to Teaching American History grant clients, we will consult with you and even assist in designing and writing the evaluation portion of your Teaching American History grant application free of charge.  The clock is ticking: call us today to get started!