Aug 30

CTC to Release Three Requests for Proposals for Teacher Residency Grants


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CTC to Release Three Requests for Proposals for Teacher Residency Grants


In the California 2018-2019 state budget, signed by Governor Brown, effective July 1, 2018, $50 million dollars of funding is allocated for the purpose of supporting the development and implementation of special education teacher residency programs.  Grant applicants may consist of one or more, or any combination, of a school district, county office of education, a charter school, a regional occupational center, or a nonpublic, nonsectarian school (as defined in Ed Code §56034). A grant recipient must match the grant funds on a 1:1 dollar for dollar basis. Grant funding can be used for, but is not limited to, teacher preparation costs, stipends for mentor teachers, stipends for teacher candidates, and beginning teacher induction costs. A copy of the CTC Advisory outlines grant procedures, and factors and components of a successful grant application.

There will be three separate RFPs in 2018-2019: (1) the first competition will be for Teacher Residency Capacity Grants which are intended for applicants that are not currently operating a teacher residency program and need to build a relationship with a CTC approved university/college special education teacher preparation program and offer a teacher residency program by the 2019-2020 school year. This RFP will be released in late August and proposal will be due September 24, 2018. Awards will be announced October 15, 2018; (2) the second competition will be for grant monies to eligible applicants  to expand their current teacher residency programs. Nonpublic school staff are eligible to apply to currently operating Teacher Residency Programs. A maximum of $25 million dollars of this funding would support a maximum of 1,250 teacher residents. This RFP will be issued in mid-September with proposals due November 15, 2018. Awards will be announced in mid-December 2018; (3) The third competition will be for applicants who are ready to begin a new or expand an existing Teacher Residency Program by fall of 2019. CTC will issue an RFP in mid-October, with proposals due January 15, 2019.

The grant funds for both types of residency grants may be distributed by CTC through June 30, 2023. Nonpublic Schools, LEAs and county offices, in order to be eligible for a grant must collaborate with at least one institution of higher education (IHE) that offers a special education teacher credential program. The advisory attachment outlines more details regarding the grants, components of the grants and key factors for preparation of a strong proposal.

CAPSES worked tirelessly during the state budget process to assure that nonpublic schools were included in this round of teacher residency grants. We encourage all CAPSES member schools to consider collaborating with LEAs and IHEs to ensure that NPS staff become eligible for and participate in these grants. If you need additional information, please contact the CAPSES office ( or telephone (916) 447-7061.