Looking for District/School Partners: Collaborating on a U.S. Department of Education "School Climate Transformation Grant" Proposal

How this Five-Year Grant Can Support Your School's Climate & Student Discipline Needs

Dear Colleagues,


According to my sources in Washington, D.C., a new Request for Proposals (RFP) will soon be announced for the second federal: School Climate Transformation Grant.

This national grant program will be for districts and schools, and it will complement a similar grant that was recently announced for state departments of education (SEA).

According to the Federal Register, the latter SEA grant will focus on:

Purpose of Program: The School Climate Transformation Grant Program—State Educational Agency Grants provides competitive grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand statewide systems of support for, and technical assistance to, local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools implementing an evidence-based (as defined in this notice), multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.

My expectation is that the upcoming district and school Transformation Grant will focus on the same elements as above--just on a local level.

[CLICK HERE for more information on the SEA grant]

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The previous and first (June, 2014) School Climate Transformation Grant was awarded to over 70 school districts nationwide for five years. Depending on the size of the district/ school, the total Grant Awards ranged from $1 million to $4.5 million.

I have been intimately involved in this grant as I helped 15 school districts write their grant proposals and two of these proposals were successful (in Michigan and Kentucky).

Thus, for the past five years, I have been the outside consultant, working on-site (paid by the grant) to help these districts implement Project ACHIEVE's evidence-based multi-tiered positive behavioral support system.

The success of the Kentucky initiative was even highlighted by Education Week.

[CLICK HERE for article]

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Would You Like to Partner with Project ACHIEVE on this Grant ?

If the recent SEA grant is any indication, the district/school grant will provide funding to help schools to:

  • Build and sustain a school-wide, multi-tiered behavioral framework at the prevention, strategic intervention, and crisis management/intensive services levels
  • Implement an evidence-based approach with a sound and systematic professional development, implementation, and evaluation approach
  • Work with a technical assistance provider with expertise in the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework
  • Develop a detailed plan and process that will promote fair and effective discipline practices for all students
  • Address the needs of all students, and address existing issues of where minority, special education, and other students receive disproportionate levels of office discipline referrals and school suspensions

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If you have been reading my bi-monthly messages, you know that I have done this work across the country for over 35 years, and that I have written extensively on how to do it, the science-to-practice of why it works, and what our very successful results have been.

[See my popular Corwin Press School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management book--which provides the "Implementation Blueprint"]

      [CLICK HERE]

Significantly, Project ACHIEVE is the only evidence-based PBIS model designated by the federal government since 2000 (it is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices). While implemented in thousands of schools nationwide, it also was the PBIS model used by the Arkansas Department of Education for 13 years when I was the Director of that state's federal State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG).

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How We Can Help

If you are interested in implementing Project ACHIEVE in your district or school, I would like to talk with you now so that we can see if we are a "good match" together.

If we are, then we can begin to plan our partnership now so that we are prepared when the RFP is announced.

I will help you to write the grant. I have had extensive federal grant-writing experience and success. . . having successfully received over $22 million in grants during my career--on behalf of countless districts and schools.

The grant-writing services will be my contribution toward helping your district or school receive the funds that will allow us to work together for the duration of the grant.

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For more information on my work, look at the additional, relevant information on this website.  For example, there are a number of free national webinars that I have presented during the past year.

If you are interested in a potential partnership, please send me an e-mail (knoffprojectachieve@earthlink.net), and let's get on the telephone and begin talking.

I hope that your school year is going well. Once accepted, the School Climate Transformation Grant should begin on October 1, 2019.