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PLSD Grant Programs

Information regarding grant programs administered by the Professional Learning Support Division (PLSD) to support teachers and leaders to provide high-quality instruction so that all students can learn and thrive.

2024 Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program

The 2023–24 California State Budget provides $20 million to support five or more competitive Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program (BTPDP) grants to ensure that California can meet the demand for bilingual teachers necessary for the implementation of dual language and other bilingual education programs as authorized by the California Education for a Global Economy (CA Ed.G.E.) Initiative and to ensure California is able to meet the demand in preparing bilingual education teachers. More informaiton is available on the BTPDP web page.

Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science Professional Learning (MSCS PL) Grant Program

The 2022–23 California State Budget allocated a $50 million grant award to a selected county office of education (COE) to lead a consortium that will provide professional learning and support family engagement in mathematics, science, and computer science for pupils in grades four through twelve, inclusive. More information is available on the MSCS PL Grant web page.

Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists Grant Program

The California State Budgets for 2022–23 and 2023–24 authorized a total of $500 million for the Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists (LCRS) Training Grant. One portion of the funding is allocated to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop school literacy programs, employ and train literacy coaches and reading and literacy specialists, and develop and implement interventions for students in need of targeted literacy support. The other portion of the funding supports the LCRS Educator Training grant, which provides funds to a selected COE to develop and provide training for educators to become literacy coaches and reading literacy specialists. More information is available on the LCRS Program web page.

California Serves Grants

The 2022–23 California State Budget authorized $5 million in grants to be awarded annually to selected LEAs to support service learning programs. More information is available on the California Serves web page.

Antibias Education Grant Program

The 2021–22 California State Budget authorized $10 million in grant awards to selected LEAs to prevent, address, and eliminate racism and bias in California public schools. More information is available on the Antibias Education Grant Program web page.

Reading Instruction and Intervention (RII) Grant Program

The 2021–22 California State Budget authorized $10 million grant award for a selected COE to generate and disseminate professional learning opportunities in the areas of evidenced-based literacy, intensive literacy interventions, and support of students’ executive functioning skills. More information is available on the RII Grant web page.

California National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Incentive Program 2021–26

This program awards grants to school districts for the purpose of providing incentives to teachers who have attained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and agree to teach at a high-priority school for at least five years. More information is available on the NBPTS Certification Incentive Program web page.

Early Literacy Support Block (ELSB) Grant

The 2020–21 California State Budget appropriated $50 million to support LEAs with schools that have the highest percentage of students in grade three scoring at the lowest achievement standard level on the State Summative English Language Arts assessment. The budget appropriates an additional $3 million to establish an Expert Lead in Literacy within the California Statewide System of Support to support grantees to conduct a root cause analysis, prioritize identified needs assessment, and develop a literacy action plan to implement over three years. More information is available on the ELSB Grant web page.

Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant Program

California received a $37.5 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which supported the development of the State Literacy Plan and provides funding for Literacy Lead Agency grant awards to leverage and expand statewide infrastructure, guidance, and expertise to bring coherence to the system of literacy supports to improve student outcomes. More information is available on the CLSD grant web page.

California Regional Environmental Education Community Grant Program

This program provides $360,000 in regional grants from the Environmental License Plate Fund to help connect California educators to one another, professional learning opportunities, and information about high-quality resources that support increased environmental literacy levels of adults and students in kindergarten through grade twelve. More information is available on the Environmental Grants tab of the Environmental Education and Environmental Literacy web page.

Educator Workforce Investment Grant: Computer Science Program

The California State Budget authorized $5 million in 2021 and $15 million in 2023 for the Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): Computer Science Program, which supports grantees to become members of the Statewide System of Support, providing targeted support focused on strategies for providing high-quality CS instruction learning experiences. More information is available on the EWIG web page.

21st Century California School Leadership Academy

The 2019–20 California State Budget authorized $13.8 million in ongoing federal funds support providers of high-quality professional learning for administrators and other school leaders. More information is available on the 21st Century California School Leadership Academy web page.

2018 Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Competitive Grant Program

The 2018–19 California State Budget authorized $44,080,000 of Title IV, Part A Elementary and Secondary Education Act funds to be awarded through a competitive grant program to support well-rounded educational opportunities, safe and healthy students, and the effective use of technology. More information is available on the SSAE Competitive Grant web page.

Scaling Up Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Statewide (SUMS) Initiative

This multi-phase state funding initiative was launched in 2015 to develop resources for MTSS that align the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports in an LEA in order to serve the whole child. More information is available on the Statewide Initiative tab of the MTSS web page.

Additional Resources

Greatness by Design (GbD): Supporting Outstanding Teaching to Sustain a Golden State (PDF) published in 2012.

Questions:   Professional Learning Support Division | PLSD@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-6440
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
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