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Educator Workforce Investment Grant Program

Information regarding the Educator Workforce Investment Grant program.

Section 84 of the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (Senate Bill 75) for the 2019–20 California State Budget established the Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG) program to support one or more competitive grants for professional learning opportunities for teachers and paraprofessionals across the state. The California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence are directed to establish a process to select one or more institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations to conduct activities in the following areas:

  • Professional learning activities to implement the California English Learner Roadmap Policy
  • Special education-related professional learning
  • Professional learning for teachers and paraprofessionals statewide in the following areas:
    • Practices and strategies to create a positive school climate, including social-emotional learning and restorative justice
    • Strategies for providing high-quality instruction and computer science (CS) learning experiences aligned to the 2018 California Computer Science Content Standards (CA CS Content Standards)
    • Practices to support the 2020 Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Positive consideration will be given to applicants that propose to partner with a county office of education (COE) or a consortium of COEs. Activities will be conducted in a manner that aligns with the statewide system of support, and, to the extent practicable, grantees will coordinate activities with the California Subject Matter Projects.

Below you will find links to grant web pages, Requests for Applications (RFAs) timelines, contacts, program authorization, and stakeholder information. New information and guidance will be added as it becomes available. To be notified when new information becomes available, please join the EWIG listserv by sending a blank email message to join-ewig@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

2021 Educator Workforce Investment Grant: Computer Science Update

The Budget Act of 2021, Item 6100-195-0001, provides $5 million on a one-time basis to establish the EWIG: CS. As part of the EWIG Program, the CDE is providing this CS Professional Learning Grant RFA. The selected grantee will become an important member of the Statewide System of Support, providing targeted support focused on strategies for providing high-quality CS instruction and CS learning experiences aligned to the CA CS Content Standards developed pursuant to Education Code Section 60605.4. This EWIG: CS Professional Learning Grant will fund one successful applicant $5 million between March 3, 2022 through March 29, 2024.

Grant Web Pages and Timelines

Grant Web Page RFA Release Date Application Due Date

Computer Science RFA (2021)

October 25, 2021 4 p.m. on December 17, 2021
Computer Science RFA (2019) November 27, 2019 (Cancelled) 4 p.m. on January 31, 2020 (Cancelled)
English Learner Roadmap Policy Implementation December 3, 2019 4 p.m. on February 14, 2020
Special Education-Related Professional Learning December 3, 2019 5 p.m. on February 14, 2020
Positive School Climate, Social-Emotional Learning, and Restorative Justice Cancelled Cancelled
Ethnic Studies Cancelled Cancelled

Important 2019 EWIG Program Update

Regretfully, due to the COVID-19 response and the stress that it has put on the state’s fiscal forecast, the Department of Finance has requested that the funds allocated in the 2019 California State Budget for the EWIG Program: CS, the EWIG Program: Positive School Climate, Social-Emotional Learning, and Restorative Justice, and the EWIG Program: Ethnic Studies be returned. These funds will be reallocated for other uses as deemed appropriate through the budget process.

We appreciate the interest that you have expressed related to these grant programs and look forward to sharing other grant opportunities with you in the future.

EWIG Legislative Reports

Contacts

Strand Contact
Computer Science

Emily Oliva, plsmo@cde.ca.gov

Computer Science Emily Oliva, stem@cde.ca.gov, 916-323-5847 (Cancelled)
English Learner Roadmap Policy Implementation English Learner Roadmap, elroadmapproject@cde.ca.gov, 916-319-0267
Special Education-Related Professional Learning Allison Smith, SEEWIG@cde.ca.gov, 916-319-0377
Social Emotional Learning, Positive School Climate, Restorative Justice Cancelled
Ethnic Studies Cancelled

Program Authorization

Senate Bill 75 (Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill of 2019) External link opens in new window or tab.

Section 84 of the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (Senate Bill 75) for the 2019–20 California State Budget authorized $37,100,000 through the 2022–23 fiscal year for the EWIG program.

Assembly Bill 128 (Budget Act of 2021) External link opens in new window or tab.

CDE June 28, 2019 News Release

Stakeholder Engagement

Webinar

During the webinar, stakeholders were asked to provide input on "critical areas" for professional learning related to each topic. The intended audience included educators, school and district administrators at all levels, county office staff, statewide and local educational agencies and organizations, and other interested stakeholders.

Stakeholder Input Survey

Stakeholders provided input on "critical areas" for professional learning for teachers and paraprofessionals through the EWIG Development Input Survey. The survey closed on October 25, 2019.

Questions:   Educator Excellence and Equity Division | EEED@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0600
Last Reviewed: Monday, October 25, 2021
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