Pilot to Policy Grant: Advancing Systemic Equity


The Pilot to Policy Grant: Advancing Systemic Equity is a new, two year grant of up to $10,000/year. The purpose of the grant is to increase equity in educator preparation programs across the state, and informing broader PESB policy connected to cultural responsiveness and equity. 


In 2016, the PESB funded several "Special Projects" grants, that were focused on supporting preparation programs with promising practices in recruiting and retaining a diverse candidate pool, and developing equity action plans. The PESB used learnings from the 2016 Special Projects grants to inform the design of the Pilot to Policy grant. The application process for the grant will take place during the fall of 2017 (see timeline below) and grantees will conduct their work January 2018 - December 2019.

This two year grant will allow for deep, transformational work connected to racial equity, community engagement, and cultural responsiveness. Grantees will participate in a work group which will meet on a monthly and bimonthly basis over the course of the two years, and will undergo trainings, report on progress, share learning and provide feedback, and serve as a collective committed to demonstrating results and best practices around this work. Grantees will be required to track and assess results at the end of each year connected to the implementation of new practices, and the work group's report outs and sharing will also inform broader policy through PESB's new indicator based program review (IBPR). Grant funds should be used to support the implementation of new practices, as well as participation in work group meetings. 


Any Washington State Educator Preparation Program is welcome to apply. Each applicant should include a team of two to three faculty that will participate regularly, and must either include direct participation from the Dean or demonstrate a strong communication loop to the Dean and leadership within the program. Applicants will be selected based on their commitment to advancing systemic equity in their program and ability to effectively pilot practices that will inform broader PESB policy in relation to equity. 

A technical assistance session will be provided on November 2nd, 2017 for those interested in applying, and a timeline with key dates is included below.


Tentative dates for upcoming Pilot to Practice: Advancing Systemic Equity activities are now available. These dates are tentative and are subject to change:

  • October 16th, 2017: Application for 2018-2019 Released
  • November 2nd, 2017: Information Session via webinar
  • November 20th, 2017 Pilot to Policy Grant applications due
  • December 15th, 2017: Awardees announced
  • Mid-January 2018: First work group meeting

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