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Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund

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There are now two (2) separate application forms for this grant funding for educator endorsements and district professional development, respectively. Districts may fill out either or both applications based on need. Please see updated guidance documents below as well as due dates. This is intended to help with application processing and grant tracking. 

The Iowa Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund was established to assist schools in meeting the goal of the General Assembly, that by July 1, 2019, each accredited high school offer at least one high-quality computer science course, each accredited middle school offer instruction in exploratory computer science, and each accredited elementary school offer instruction in the basics of computer science.

Grant funds are made available to eligible Iowa school districts or accredited nonpublic schools, in a year in which funds are appropriated by the Iowa legislature, for the following two purposes:

  • A school district or accredited nonpublic school, or a collaborative of one or more school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and area education agencies, may apply to the department to receive moneys from the fund to provide proven professional development activities for Iowa teachers in the area of computer science education.
  • A school district or accredited nonpublic school may apply to the department to receive moneys from the fund to provide tuition reimbursement for Iowa teachers seeking endorsements or authorizations for computer science under section 272.2, subsection 20.

The goal of this grant program is to build the capacity of Iowa schools to provide high quality computer science instruction. Funds must be used to supplement, not supplant, funds that would otherwise be used for the activities supported by the program.

Educator Endorsement Application Due Dates, Forms and Guidance

Applications will be accepted from the opening date listed below through the close date or until associated funds have been expended. First come, first served.

Budget:

  • Max allowance of $705/credit.
  • Textbook allowance of up to $300.
  • Mileage, stipends and substitute fees are NOT permitted.

Due Dates:

  • Application opens in IowaGrants.gov on August 1, 2022
  • Application closes in IowaGrants.gov on May 31, 2023.
  • Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis for approval.
  • Submit Project Amendments in IowaGrants.gov by April 14, 2023.
  • Submit End-Of-Year Status Report in IowaGrants.gov by July 1, 2023.
  • Submit Final Claim report in IowaGrants.gov by July 22, 2023.

Grant Documents:

Online Application Forms can be accessed on the IowaGrants.gov website.

New users: refer to the IowaGrants.gov - Grantee Instructions for Registering document for instructions on how to set up an account or transfer an account.

Professional Development Application Due Dates, Forms and Guidance

Please note the dates below. This portion of the Computer Science Incentive Fund is competitive and scored based on the associated rubric. Applications will be ranked according to the score on the review form. The number of grants to be awarded will be determined by the Iowa Department of Education based on quality of grant application, established need and availability of funds. 

Applicants will be asked to answer questions regarding their proposed project. Application questions can be found on the associated grant document linked below. 

Due Dates:

  • Application opens in IowaGrants.gov on August 1, 2022.
  • Application closes in IowaGrants.gov on November 4, 2022.
  • Applicants will be notified on or around December 5, 2022
  • Spending window closes June 30, 2023.
  • Submit End-Of-Year Status Report in IowaGrants.gov by July 1, 2023.
  • Submit Final Claim report in IowaGrants.gov by July 22, 2023.

Grant Documents:

Online Application Forms can be accessed on the IowaGrants.gov website.

New users: refer to the IowaGrants.gov - Grantee Instructions for Registering document for instructions on how to set up an account or transfer an account.

Laws, Rules and Policy

Senate File 274 (Iowa Acts 2017, Chapter 106)

281--Iowa Administrative Code 12.11

281--Iowa Administrative Code 98

Awards

2021-2022 Awards for the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund

2020-2021 Awards for the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund

2019-2020 Awards for the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund

2018-2019 Awards for the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund

Questions? Contact Justin Lewis at justin.lewis@iowa.gov or 515-669-7007 regarding program questions, Maryam Rod Szabo at maryam.rodszabo@iowa.gov or 515-360-7369 regarding teacher endorsement or authorization questions.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 07, 2022 at 4:56am.