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U.S. Department of Education Agency Overview. Grants Resource Center American Association of State Colleges and Universities. A Presentation for :. Ariel Herman, Program Advisor Mimi Tangum, Director February 25, 2005. U.S. Department of Education.

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u s department of education agency overview
U.S. Department of Education Agency Overview

Grants Resource Center

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

A Presentation for:

Ariel Herman, Program Advisor

Mimi Tangum, Director

February 25, 2005

u s department of education
U.S. Department of Education

GRC follows more than 150 ED programs

8 program offices:

  • Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
  • Office of Innovation & Improvement (OII)
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
  • Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)
  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
  • Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)
  • Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools (OSDFS)
  • Institute for Education Sciences (IES)
no child left behind nclb
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

The NCLB legislationaims to increase accountability for States, school districts, and schools; greater choice for parents and students, particularly those attending low-performing schools; more flexibility for States and local educational agencies (LEAs) in the use of Federal education dollars; and a stronger emphasis on reading, especially for young children.


http://www.ed.gov/nclb/landing.jhtml?src=pb for more information.

office of english language acquisition oela
Office of English Language Acquisition(OELA)
  • Administers Title III of No Child Left Behind Act (2001), provides leadership in promoting high quality education for English language learners (ELL) & limited English proficient students (LEP)
  • Makes awards to Local Educational Agencies, State Educational Agencies, and Institutions of Higher Education
  • Programs help LEP individuals to participate in schools/jobs for which they need English language skills



office of vocational and adult education ovae
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)
  • Provides career prep through activities such as:
    • high school reform
    • correctional education
    • community technology centers
    • attention on empowerment zones and enterprise communities
    • adult and vocational education
    • teacher development activities
    • school-to-work



examples of grants and programs major areas
Examples of Grants and Programs-Major Areas
  • High School Education-college & career transitions program; community technology centers; Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs; tech-prep demonstration program
  • Career and Technical Education-mostly state-funded programs
  • Community Colleges-tech-prep demonstration program; child care access program; college & career transitions program
  • Adult Education and Literacy-mostly state-funded programs



office of innovation and improvement oii
Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII)

Supports research, development, model projects of national significance to improve education through approximately 24 discretionary grant programs

  • Coordinatesthe public school choice provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by NCLB.
  • Distributesinformation to public & provides technical assistance.
  • ___________________________________________________________________________


sample oii programs
Sample OII Programs
  • Teaching American History Grant Program - Funds LEAs (but often in partnership with IHEs) to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional U.S. History. (Last Deadline: 05/01/05 )


  • Women’s Educational Equity Act

- Promotes educational equity for women and girls through competitive grants to public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, institutions, student groups, community groups, and individuals. The program designates most of its funding for local implementation of gender-equity policies and practices.

  • (Last Deadline: 04/08/05)


office of special education and rehabilitative services osers
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
  • Supports programs that:
    • assist in educating children with special needs
    • rehabilitate youth and adults with disabilities
    • conduct research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities
  • 3 components:
    • Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
    • Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
    • National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)



selected osers programs
Selected OSERS Programs
  • Knowledge Dissemination and Utilization

The purpose of the program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

(Last Deadline: 04/26/05)


  • Research Fellowship Program

These fellowships are awarded to help the nation build future research capacity. Distinguished fellowships are awarded to individuals with doctorates or with comparable academic status who have had seven or more years' experience relevant to rehabilitation research. Merit fellowships are given to persons in earlier stages of their research careers

  • (Last Deadline: 08/01/05)


office of elementary and secondary education oese
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
  • Supports LEAs and SEAs in their efforts to promote equal educational opportunities and excellence for all students, and aims
  • to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support
  • IHEs work in partnership with public and private preschool, elementary, and secondary schools



selected oese programs
Early Reading First

The program supports the development of early childhood centers of excellence that focus on all areas of development, especially on the early language, cognitive, and prereading skills that prepare children for continued school success and that serve primarily children from low-income families.

(deadline 05/02/05)


Early Childhood Educator Professional Development ProgramAims to support early reading and cognitive development through professional development activities and early childhood curricula

(deadline 04/22/05)


Selected OESE Programs
office of postsecondary education ope
Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Administers programs that

  • increase access to postsecondary education for disadvantaged students;
  • strengthen the capacity of institutions that serve a high percentage of disadvantaged students;
  • provide teacher and student development resources, &

international education and foreign language studies programs as well as the HBCU program.



selected ope programs
FIPSE– (Comprehensive, International, North American, US/Brazil) – Supports innovative projects that serve as national models.


IDUES - Institutional Development and Undergraduate Service (such as “Strengthening Institutions”) See


TRIO - Supports 8 outreach and support programs to help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.


International Education Programs Service

Improves secondary and postsecondary teaching and research concerning culture and language.


Selected OPE programs:

Select Student Fellowships

  • Sponsored by OPE
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program – Provides fellowships of up to 4 years to students of superior ability to begin pursuit of doctoral or MFA graduate study in the arts, humanities, or Social sciences. The FY 05 request would support 233 fellowships in academic year 2006-07
  • (last deadline: 11/8/04)
  • http://www.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/index.html
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN)-Awards grants to academic departments, programs, & other academic units that offer graduate degree courses, in order to offer fellowships to graduate students with financial need who plan to teach or do research in areas of national need (such as Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Geological Sciences, Math & Science) . In FY 04, ED funded approximately 20-25% of applications. Next competition is in FY 06.
  • http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/tsds/index.html
office of safe drug free schools osdfs
Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools (OSDFS)

Supports programs that promote the health & well being of students in elementary school through college. OSDFS supports the following agency-wide initiatives:

  • Health, Mental-Health, Environmental Health, & Physical Education;
  • Drug –Violence Prevention (State & National Programs);
  • Alcohol-Drug-Violence Prevention (National Programs);
  • Correctional & Character Education
  • http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/index.html?src=oc
sample osdfs programs
Sample OSDFS Programs
  • College Assistance Migrant Program

CAMP assists students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers) enrolled in their first year of undergraduate studies at an institution of higher education. The funding supports completion of the first year of studies. (Deadline: 3/14/05)

  • Carol M. White Physical Education Program –

Awards grants to LEAs & community-based organizations to initiate, expand, or improve physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in grades k-12. (Last Deadline: March 22, 2004)

  • Grants To Reduce Alcohol Abuse

This program assists local education agencies (LEAs) in the development and implementation of innovative and effective alcohol abuse prevention programs for secondary school students. Up to 25 percent of funding may be reserved for grants to low-income and rural LEAs. (Deadline: 03/28/05)

institute for ed sciences ies
Institute for Ed. Sciences (IES)

Created in 2002 with the goal of advancing the field of education research, with an emphasis on evidence-based research.

Priorities include :

  • Education research that involves statistics and evaluation.

For more information on IES (including an overview to Evidence Based Education), see


sample ies research programs
Sample IES Research Programs
  • Teacher Quality Research Grants –

Aims to to identify effective strategies for improving the performance of classroom teachers in ways that increase student learning and school achievement. ( Last Deadline: 12/2/04)

  • Program of Research on Reading Comprehension–

Supports projects to expand scientific knowledge of how students develop proficient levels of reading comprehension, how reading comprehension can be taught most optimally, & how it can be assessed in ways that reflect & advance current understanding of reading comprehension & its development.. (Last Deadline: 10/28/04)

tips for securing ed funding
Tips for securing ED funding:
  • To Contact ED Staff:

E-mail addresses: john.doe@ed.gov

  • Some helpful Websites:
    • http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/about/knowabtgrants/index.html (General ED grant information)
    • http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html (Application packages)
    • http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html (Funding forecast for each FY)

- http://www.aascu.org/grc/ (password protected GRC Website)

contact grc through troy state university s office of sponsored programs
Contact GRC through Troy State University’s Office of Sponsored Programs

Judy Enfinger

Assistant Director

Office of Sponsored Programs

(334) 670-3102