Federal Funding Opportunities

Effective teachers and principals are the most important school-based factors influencing student achievement. NIET works with partners in states, districts, schools and universities across the country to advocate for proven, research-based solutions to improving teacher practices and to advance federal and state initiatives that make critical investments in educator effectiveness. Below are federal funding opportunities supporting educator effectiveness:

Federal Programs and Legislation

Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL)

The Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (formerly the Teacher Incentive Fund) provides funding annually for school districts and states to support performance-based compensation and comprehensive human capital management systems for teachers, principals and other school leaders. Through TSL funds, NIET has partnered with states and districts to support their work to advance educator effectiveness. Get the latest updates about TSL on the U.S. Department of Education's TSL site, and read about the impact of TSL on our work by downloading the report, Increasing Educator Effectiveness: Lessons Learned from Teacher Incentive Fund Sites.

Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED)

The SEED grant program provides funding to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of evidence-based preparation, development or enhancement opportunities for educators. NIET has partnered with universities through SEED grants to ensure new teacher candidates have highly effective classroom instructional skills and to help place them in high-need districts that have developed ongoing support structures to bolster their success. Get the latest updates about SEED U.S. Department of Education's SEED site and read about our SEED partnerships by downloading our higher education brief, Training Educators to Be Effective on Day One.

Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality State Grants

Title II-A Teacher Quality State Grants provide funds to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms, increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools, and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement. Many NIET partner schools use title funds to support their work to advance educator effectiveness. Read more about Title II-A on the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Quality Grants site.

Teachers Are Leaders Act (S. 1413)

NIET supports the Teachers Are Leaders Act, which authorizes the use of Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grants to fund partnerships between high-need schools and institutes of higher education. This bipartisan act was introduced on June 22, 2017, by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Jack Reed (D-RI). The Teachers Are Leaders Act would allow school and university partnerships to use TQP funds to create local teacher leader development programs, increase efforts to recruit and retain teachers, and create new roles and career opportunities for teachers. A short description of the bill can be downloaded here.

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