The purpose Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program is to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative, evidence-based practices with demonstrated impact. These grants (1) allow organizations to expand and develop innovative practices that can serve as models of best practices for improving student achievement and attainment for high-needs students, (2) allow organizations to work in partnership with the private sector and the philanthropic community, and (3) identify and document best practices that can be shared and taken to national scale based on demonstrated success.
This grant would provide $8 million dollars to scale and evaluate the UE model in the Bay Area and Seattle. We will be applying under the “Improving Low Performing Schools” priority, which calls for whole school models and strategies that lead to significant and sustained improvement in individual student performance and overall school performance and culture.
The grant is due mid-April and will hear results by the end of June! Keep your fingers and toes crossed for this very exciting opportunity for expansion.
Jenny Ventura, Director of Model Implementation