Thursday, January 07, 2010

RFP Posted for 21st Century Learning Environments


The competitive Title IID RFP for 21st Century Learning Environments has been released!  You can download a copy for yourself here

(Even if you aren't from one of those districts that are eligible to apply, I suggest you take a look - perhaps it will provide ideas for you to share with your school and district leadership.) 

The deadline for submitting proposals is February 11, 2010. Good luck! 

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Update: Title IID, Race to the Top

Title IID:
     Competitive Funds: It looks like the first RFP for competitive Title IID ARRA funds will be issued later this week (I’ll post a notice and link when available). The RFP is entitled “21st Century Learning Environments”.  SAVE THE DATE:  Bidder's Conference- January 21, 3:30-5:00 at ACES.
     Entitlement Funds 2009-10: Applications for entitlement funds were due December 31, 2009, and are currently being processed. LEAs with approved applications can expect to have access to their funds through the online prepayment grant system within the next 2-3 weeks. (Your application is approved as it was submitted unless your district received - or receives by the end of the week - a request for edits or additional information.)
     Entitlement Funds 2010-11: I do not expect that there will be any entitlement funds available through the Title IID program in the 2010-11 school year. Please plan your budgets accordingly.
Race To the Top:
     As you are probably aware, the Department is busily finalizing the state’s Race to the Top application. Connecticut is eligible to receive up to $175 million from this federal grant program, with the majority of those funds going directly to districts. Commissioner McQuillan has included significant funds for technology integration and professional development as part of the application – so please encourage your districts to sign on and participate in our application.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Discovery Science - January 9th at the Connecticut Science Center

For those of you using Discovery Science, you might be interested in attending SCIcon 2010, a one-day conference that explores effective strategies for transforming science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content.

Participants in the conference will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues from throughout the state in real-time and connect with educators from around the world virtually.

Registration is FREE and includes entrance to the museum for the day (how cool is that?) and lunch (parking is $7). If you can't make it to the science center, you can also participate online. For more information and to register, check out the online flyer.