[Curriculum Directors] Utah Learning Innovation Grants FY 2018 - THREE OPPORTUNITIES

Young, Sarah Sarah.Young at schools.utah.gov
Fri Mar 31 16:30:11 MDT 2017

Utah Learning Innovation Grant Opportunities FY 2018

Dear Utah Leaders,

We are pleased to announce THREE grant opportunities for FY 2018:

1.   The K-3 Early Intervention Software Program FY 2018<https://outlook.office.com/owa/?realm=schools.utah.gov&exsvurl=1&ll-cc=1033&modurl=0&path=/mail/inbox#x_K3> (available to schools and LEAs)

2.   The Digital Teaching and Learning Grant FY 2018<https://outlook.office.com/owa/?realm=schools.utah.gov&exsvurl=1&ll-cc=1033&modurl=0&path=/mail/inbox#x_DTL> (available to LEAs that do not currently have USBE DTL approved plans)

3.   The Competency-based Learning Exploratory Team - Pilot Phase One FY 2018<https://outlook.office.com/owa/?realm=schools.utah.gov&exsvurl=1&ll-cc=1033&modurl=0&path=/mail/inbox#x_Competency> (available to LEA teams)

Please take a moment to read through all three opportunities below and share with your stakeholders as you see fit.  You can apply for one, two, or all three of these opportunities to kick start innovation for digital and personalized learning.

If you have questions, please email Sarah Young (sarah.young at schools.utah.gov<mailto:sarah.young at schools.utah.gov>) Coordinator for Digital Teaching and Learning.


The K-3 Early Intervention Software Program FY 2018

Applications are available to Utah public schools and LEAs

Overview: In 2012, the Utah State Legislature funded the Early Intervention Software Program ("EISP") to support the growth of K-3 students' literacy. For the 2017- 2018 program year, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in Utah can select from among seven computer-based literacy programs which provide individualized instruction and are designed to supplement students' classroom learning.

Please note the following items relative to this application:

1. LEAs and/or individual schools are eligible to apply.

2. Each school may have up to ONE (a product for K-3) or TWO software products (one product for K-1, and a second product for 2-3).  No more than 2 EISP products are allowed per school site.

3. School requests will be reviewed by the LEAs Literacy Director and the Technology Director for final approval at the close of the application.

4. School requests will be awarded once the 2016-17 fidelity measure are available from the program's external evaluator (projected for summer 2017).  ALL schools are encouraged to complete this request form to be eligible for licenses for the 2017-18 school year.

The full application explains the software available from the current providers, each program's 2017-18 fidelity requirements, and the software's technical specifications for optimal performance.  Additionally, we have included the USBE student outcome data from the 2015-16 program evaluation.  Please consider all of the available information to help inform your software license request.

K-3 Reading Application Link: https://goo.gl/lKZhYc

Due Date: Application Closes on Monday, May 1, 2017 by 5:00 PM MST


The Digital Teaching and Learning Grant FY 2018

Available to LEAs that do not currently have USBE approved DTL plans.

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If you are having trouble seeing the program overview above, please see the attached One-Pager for Digital Teaching and Learning FY 2018.

Note, if your LEA had a plan approved in FY 2017 (All approved plans are posted on the program website<http://www.uen.org/digital-learning/leaplans.shtml>.)this application is not applicable, as you were approved in FY 2017 for a 3-year plan.

Digital Teaching and Learning Application Link: www.uen.org/digital-learning<http://www.uen.org/digital-learning> (the full application will be available on the website shortly)

Due Date:       Round One Digital Teaching and Learning Draft Plans Due August 17, 2017 by 5:00 PM MST

Round Two Digital Teaching and Learning Final Plans Due September 18, 2017 by 5:00 PM MST


The Competency-based Learning Exploratory Team:

Pilot Phase One FY 2018

Available to LEA teams

Overview: The Utah State Board of Education is continuing the innovation for competency-based learning by establishing a Competency-based Learning Exploratory Team - Pilot Phase One opportunity for public districts and charter schools for the 2017-2018 school year.  This exploratory team builds on the Competency-based Learning Amendment (S.B. 143, http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/SB0143.html) that was passed in the 2016 General Legislative Session.  This statute calls for the establishment of a review committee to support the Competency-Based Education Grants Program consisting of grants to improve educational outcomes in public schools by advancing student mastery of concepts and skills through the following core principles:

■       student advancement upon mastery of a concept or skill;

■       competencies that include explicit, measurable, and transferable learning objectives that empower a student;

■       assessment that is meaningful and provides a positive learning experience for a student;

■       timely, differentiated support based on a student's individual learning needs; and

■       learning outcomes that emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge along with the development of important skills and dispositions.

This competitive grant allows LEAs an opportunity to join an exploratory team to conduct site visits during 2017-2018 to help inform the Utah pilot program creation and the application of competency-based learning best practices to your own LEA.


As per Utah State Board of Education Rule R277- 712 (https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-712.htm) an LEA must apply as an exploratory team of at least 4 individuals for the Pilot Phase One 2017-2018 and include the following:

*         the school district superintendent or charter school executive director; and

o   the LEA's curriculum director; or

o   the LEA's proposed competency-based education program manager.

*         A member of an LEA's local school board or charter school governing board and other staff identified by the applying LEA

*         A member of school building administration

Link to Competency-based Learning Pilot Phase One Application: https://goo.gl/oiyKwH

Due Date: Completed Applications due May 15, 2017 by 5:00 PM MST


Sarah Young

Coordinator for Digital Teaching and Learning

Utah State Board of Education

sarah.young at schools.utah.gov<mailto:sarah.young at schools.utah.gov>

250 East 500 South

PO Box 144200

Salt Lake City, UT  84114-4200

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