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BTPDP RFA Webinar Narrative


Narrative for Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program
Request for Application Webinar
Slide 1: Title Page

The Educator Excellence Office at the California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to present this webinar as technical assistance for the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program (BTPDP) Request for Application (RFA) to fund projects.

Slide 2: 2017 Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program

The purpose of the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program is to increase the number of teachers who obtain a bilingual authorization as a result of participation in the program and increase the number of teachers with a bilingual authorization who return to teaching in a bilingual or multilingual setting.

The grant period will be for thirty months from January 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020.

The CDE, in consultation with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), will establish eight awards, based upon merit, for $625,000 per award, to at least five of the 11 regions designated by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association.

Slide 3: BTPDP Authorization and Funding

The actual language in the bill that authorized the funding for this program is in Appendix A in the RFA.

Slide 4: Application Timeline

On behalf of eligible applicants, local education agencies are required to submit Form A, the BTPDP Intent to Submit an Application to the CDE Professional Learning Support Division no later than 5:00 pm on September 15, 2017. Submitting this form does not require an organization to submit an application; however, an application will not be accepted unless Form A was submitted and received by the CDE on time. Please contact the Educator Excellence Office directly, if you have concerns regarding the submission of Form A. Our contact information will be provided at the end of this webinar.

The complete application, including all required components, must be received by the CDE Professional Learning Support Division by 5:00 pm on October 13, 2017.

Applications will be carefully reviewed, screened for compliance, and scored by a panel of peer reviewers during the time period of October 16 through October 27, 2017. A selection committee will be making all final award determinations to meet the project goals of the grant.

Slide 5: Application Timeline (continued)

Funding results will be posted on the CDE Teaching and Leading Webpage on November 3, 2017. The web address will be provided on the resources slide of this presentation.

Applicants who wish to appeal a grant award decision must submit a letter of appeal to the CDE Professional Learning Support Division no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 13, 2017.

Appeals are limited to the grounds that the CDE failed to correctly apply the standards for reviewing the application as specified in the RFA. The appellant must file a full and complete written appeal, including the issue(s) in dispute, the legal authority or other basis for the appeal position, and the remedy sought. The appellant may not supply any new information that was not originally contained in the original application. Fax or letters submitted via e-mail will not be accepted. Applications under appeal will be evaluated by CDE staff. The selection committee will make the final decision in writing within three weeks from the date that appeals are due to CDE.

Slide 6: Submit Applications
Please send one signed original, two paper copies, and a Microsoft Word copy of the application on a flash drive. The flash drive should contain all narrative sections, forms, and attachments. On the flash drive, the application narrative must be in Word, all additional materials and attachments may be saved as a PDF.

The complete application, including all required components, must be received by the CDE Professional Learning Support Division by October 13, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Incomplete, late, or incorrectly formatted applications will not be scored or considered for funding.

Applicants are urged to use express, certified, or registered mail. Transmission by e-mail or fax will not be accepted. Please mail or deliver applications to:

Educator Excellence Office
Professional Learning Support Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention: Marcia Trott

Slide 7: Eligible Applicants

Please send one signed original, two paper copies, and a Microsoft Word copy of the application on a flash drive. The flash drive should contain all narrative sections, forms, and attachments. On the flash drive, the application narrative must be in Word, all additional materials and attachments may be saved as a PDF.

The complete application, including all required components, must be received by the CDE Professional Learning Support Division by October 13, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Incomplete, late, or incorrectly formatted applications will not be scored or considered for funding.

Applicants are urged to use express, certified, or registered mail. Transmission by e-mail or fax will not be accepted. Please mail or deliver applications to:

Educator Excellence Office
Professional Learning Support Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention: Marcia Trott

Slide 8: Eligibility to Apply

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Slide 9: Eligibility to Apply (continued)

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Slide 10: Eligible Participants

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Slide 11: Eligible Participants

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Slide 12: Project Requirements

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Slide 13: Project Requirements continued

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Slide 14: Project Requirements (continued)

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Slide 15: The Narrative
  • The Project Description narrative must not exceed 25 one and a half-spaced pages using 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font with one-inch margins.
  • The narrative cannot exceed 25 pages.
  • Readers will use a rubric divided into eight categories paralleling the proposal sections.
  • Attach as an appendix a list of all scientifically based research references used in developing the proposal but not specifically cited in the Project Description. This list should not exceed two pages.
Slide 16: Scoring

Appendix B contains the rubric that will be used to score the applications.

The maximum value for the rubric is 32 points. A project must have a minimum of 16 points in order to qualify for a grant award.

The department shall make awards to eligible partnerships selected by a committee consisting of three representatives, with one from each of the following:

  • The CDE
  • The CTC
  • Californians Together and California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) – Statewide advocacy coalitions of organizations from all segments of the education community that focus on English learners

Points will be awarded based on completeness and responsiveness of the application to each of the required application components.

Slide 17: Budget Forms

The budget forms should provide the project expenditures, during the project period of January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.

The budget narrative, Form F, should include how the proposed costs are necessary and reasonable in terms of project activities, benefits to participants, and project outcomes. Proposed expenditures must demonstrate appropriate use of funds.

Budgets for the use of grant funds will be reviewed and scored as part of the application process. Items deemed non-allowable, excessive, or inappropriate will be eliminated and the budget adjusted accordingly. Budgets that include non-allowable, excessive, or inappropriate items will receive a lower score.

Slide 18: Resources

We have identified a few resources for the BTPDP when writing the proposals.

Slide 19: Questions

A culture that supports teaching and learning leads to a generation of resources within a school and establishes the learning conditions necessary to support all educators and their students at the school site.

Addressing the bilingual teacher shortage as a “problem of practice” within a local and regional context provides a collaborative environment that is necessary to recruit, train, and retain bilingual teachers.

Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate that their proposed project is conceptually clear, integrated with their professional learning plan, technically feasible, and leads or contributes to a culture of continuous improvement after the grant period.

Slide 20: CDE Contacts

Please feel welcome to contact our office with any questions. We can be reached at the CDE Educator Excellence Office by telephone at 916-445-7331 or by e-mail at BTPDP@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Educator Excellence Office | BTPDP@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7331
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 04, 2019