Reimagine Education Project Grant
The Reimagine Education Project (REP) is a grant program funded by Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III. This grant program opened in the fall of 2021 and will end in June 2023. More students than ever are continuing to request alternative learning models and stakeholders are pressing for in person learning to look different than the traditional pre-pandemic model, yet we lack evidence on effective practices in these non-traditional settings and systems to support educator-led innovation at the district level. OSPI wants to capitalize on the significant latitude educators from all settings have been given this past two years to accelerate learning recovery and rethink what works in education.
If you are an educator with an out-of-the-box idea you want to investigate, this grant is for you. The REP supports 2-year pilots led by educators or schools/programs to:
- Investigate an innovative approach to learning in an in-person setting, or
- Investigate instructional and/or social emotional practices in Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) and online settings.
Grant funds will financially support local pilots, provide regular professional learning and networking, collect evidence on successful practices, and lead to the development of a menu of innovative practices to support continued transformation of our education system and inform future policy and funding decisions.
OSPI is currently accepting grant applications, through the Reimagine Education Project Application form, from public school educators, teams of educators, and schools and programs offering alternative learning experience courses. Applications are accepted through two methods:
- Complete a traditional written application
- Request a short (no more than 20 minute) virtual conversation with the review team
To prepare your application, review these resources:
- Reimagine Education Application Guide
- Application Scoring Rubric
- REP Applicant Webinar registration | Wednesday, January 26 at 4 pm
The goal of this project is to reimagine education. OSPI is looking for proposals with truly out-of-the-box thinking for in person instruction and proposals for ALE and online settings that will help the state establish best practices for these educational settings. OSPI is unlikely to fund pilots investigating strategies:
- that are well-established for in person settings but may be new to your district, or
- ALE best practice research in brand new programs that opened during the 2021-22 school year.
Each application will be reviewed in three categories: Equity Considerations, Pilot Design, and Sustainability and Budget. A complete description of the scoring criteria is available in the Application Scoring Rubric.
There is no minimum or maximum budget for pilots, but proposals will be closely reviewed in context of the learning that may be achieved and the benefits of that learning beyond the pilot district.