ANNOUNCEMENT: 2016 Professional Development Program Application Now Open!

The Office of Indian Education Professional Development Program competition opened on May 17, 2016 and closes on July 1, 2016. The purposes of the Indian Education Professional Development Grants program are to:

  1. increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indians;
  2. provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers, administrators, teacher aides, social workers, and ancillary educational personnel; and
  3. improve the skills of qualified Indian individuals who serve in the education field.

The notice was published in the Federal Register at this link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-17/pdf/2016-11606.pdf.

Interested applicants will need to use the grants.gov website to apply at http://www.grants.gov. The Grants.Gov Opportunity Number is: ED-GRANTS-051716-001.

For more information you may click here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indianprofdev/applicant.html.

OIE ANNOUNCES 2016 NATIVE YOUTH COMMUNITY PROJECTS COMPETITION

The Office of Indian Education announces on Monday, February 29, 2016 the availability of the 2016 Native Youth Community Projects applicaton. The announcement published today, February 29, 2016 and will close May 31, 2016. The 2016 competition is the second year under the Native Youth Community Projects priority under the demonstration program. In 2015 twelve applications were funded for a period up to four years. For 2016, however, there will be additional funding for additional projects to be funded, expanding even further, the college and career ready capability of local tribal communities.

The Notice Inviting Application was published in the Federal Register on February 29, 2016 and is available at this link: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-29/pdf/2016-04260.pdf.

For more information you may check the Demonstration Grant program page here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/indiandemo/applicant.html.

A new press releases was issued on Monday, Feb 29 regarding the Native Youth Community Projects competition for 2016. You may find the press release at this link: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/historic-investment-174-million-grants-available-help-native-youth
. (February 29, 2016)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 BIE Part B 2016 Grant Award Application

Under the General Education Provisions Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is required to publish their annual Part B Grant Award application for 60 days, of which 30 days must be allowed to accept public
comment. The application for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2016 includes the required assurances and certifications for the BIE to be eligible to receive the FFY 2016 Part B funds.

The application includes assurances and provisions which the state can and/or cannot make as mandated by Part B oflDEA in order to provide the appropriate services to Indian children with disabilities who are enrolled in Bureau funded schools, including Tribal Contract and Grant schools. Also included are the certifications and other information pertinent to the application. The BIE Part B Grant Award application is posted beginning March 2, 2016, and ending May 2, 2016. The public comment period starts April 2, 2016 and ends May 1, 2016.

For more information, click here.

US. Department of Education Awards More Than $325,000 to Help School District on Pine Ridge Reservation Recover From Multiple Student Suicides

An excerpt:

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students awarded Little Wound School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant totaling more than $325,000. The grant will be used to assist the Little Wound School with ongoing recovery efforts following 12 suicide deaths on the Pine Ridge reservation, including the deaths of current and former Little Wound School students, and relatives and friends of the students. In addition, there have been more than 100 suicide attempts on the reservation during the 2014-15 school year. This is the third Project SERV grant awarded to a school district on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The first grant was awarded in June 2010, and in June 2015, the Department awarded a grant to Pine Ridge School following a significant increase in student suicides. 

“These incidents are troubling, and my heart goes out to the students, families and community of Pine Ridge,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “There are so many people involved in the work to help children, families and the community heal after these tragedies, and this grant will help this community receive the services it needs to move forward in restoring the learning environment.”

There are two types of Project SERV awards—Immediate Services and Extended Services. Immediate Services grants provide emergency, short-term assistance to affected school districts or colleges and universities. Extended Services grants assist school districts and colleges and universities in carrying out the long-term recovery efforts that may be needed following a significant, traumatic event. To date, the Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded more than $42.1 million to 128 grantees, including Little Wound School, since the grants program began in 2001.

To view a list of Project SERV grantees and award amounts, or to learn more about the program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/dvppserv/index.html.

To read the entire press release, click here.