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 -442221-Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship (TPRA)
  Apprenticeship
  Application Deadline: 03/31/2022 3:00 PM
 
 
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 04/01/2022
Project End Date: 06/30/2024
Award Announcement Date:
Eligible Applicant:
Program Officer: Brian Dennis
Phone: 515-725-3666 x
Email: Brian.Dennis@iwd.iowa.gov
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Description
 
 

Notice of Funding Opportunity

State Agency Name: Iowa Workforce in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education

Funding Opportunity Title: Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship (TPRA)

Announcement Type: Initial

CFDA Number: 84.425W

Important Dates:

  • Deadline: Applications for the funds are due by Monday, March 31, 2022, at 3:00pm Central Time.
  • Application Notification: A Notice of Intent to Award will be posted on the following websites:
  • www.earnandlearniowa.gov
  • www.iowagrants.gov
  • https://educateiowa.gov/
  • https://www.futurereadyiowa.gov/
  • Guidance: Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) and the Iowa Department of Education (IDE) will host an initial webinar to provide information and an opportunity for a live Q&A on Friday, January 21 at 1:00 pm. Join via Zoom (passcode 731284). Webinars, recordings, and additional guidance will be posted on the Earn and Learn website and on the IDE website.

 

Program Description

Purpose

The most important resources Iowa’s students have in school are their teachers. For this reason, it is critical to Iowa’s success that we keep the great teachers we currently have while bringing additional talented educators into the profession. The U.S. Department of Education recently urged states to use funds made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER/ESSER III) to address growing the teacher workforce.

The Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development are committed to using federal relief funds for transformational investments in our education and workforce systems that will produce sustainable educational and employment benefits for Iowa’s youth.  One such project is the Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship Program (TPRA), funded by ARP ESSER state program funds; the program will begin in the 2022-2023 school year.

 Future Ready Iowa establishes the goal of 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce having education or training beyond high school by 2025 but also seeks to strengthen the talent pipeline long-term. To support this statewide goal, TPRA will award competitive grants to reinforce combined efforts and regional initiatives that accelerate teacher and paraeducator credential attainment.

Notice Purpose

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity is to solicit TPRA applications from Iowa school districts for one or both of the following funding models. There is a post-completion program level service expectation tied to the awarding. Successful awardees are required as part of the formal awarding to complete a three year in-state service residency. This three-year residency period must be completed within the state of Iowa and must amount to 36 months of total in-service time. NOTE: This requirement does not apply to high school student awardees.

        Models

        IDE and IWD seek applications for funding both of the following registered apprenticeship models:

High-School-to-Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship

A registered apprenticeship model designed to help high school students begin a career as a paraeducator while earning credit toward an associate degree.  This includes currently employed paraeducators who are not high school students. 

Paraeducator-to-Teacher Registered Apprenticeship

A registered apprenticeship model designed to help paraeducators continue to work while earning credit toward their bachelor’s degree and teaching license.

Funding Priorities: Registered Apprenticeship Pathways

Description

High School-to-Paraeducator

Paraeducator-to-Teacher

Cohort begins

Fall 2022

Fall 2022

Program duration

2-3 years

2 years

Eligible applicants

Public districts in partnership with a community college or four-year college/university with an approved paraeducator program. Participants may receive an A.A. degree.

Public districts in partnership with a four-year college or university with an approved teacher preparation program. Participants may receive a B.A. or B.S. degree.

Covered costs

Paraeducator program tuition and full salary for students working as an aide and 50% of salary when working for the district as a classroom aide after graduation and completing coursework.

 

Maximum $40,500 per participant.

Teacher preparation program tuition and 50% of salary while working for the district as a paraeducator and completing coursework.

 

 

Maximum $47,000 per participant.

Total number of anticipated grants to Districts

 

25-30

 

20-25

Total number of anticipated individual Participants

 

100

 

100

 

  1. Funding Priorities

Iowa Workforce Development seeks to prioritize the investment of resources in the following areas:

  • Cultivate partnerships between High Schools as employers and Community Colleges and Iowa Universities to address local and/or regional teacher and paraeducator employment needs. 
  • Implement strategic recruitment that increases the number of eligible Paraeducators and High School students receiving competitive employment wages and Stackable Credentialing pathways via the Registered Apprenticeship Program.
  • Promote the attainment of industry-recognized and nationally portable credentials by High School Iowans from underrepresented populations.
  • Support regional connections between High Schools and teacher preparation programs across the state to expand teacher Registered Apprenticeship opportunities geographically with a demographically diverse and equitable program entry point for all interested stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrate a strong partnership with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) for serving students with disabilities.
  • Priority for the paraeducator funding will go first to high school student registered apprentices to paraeducators and currently employed Paraeducator adults who want to earn their AA degree.

 

  1. Performance Measures

All applications must include performance measures that logically connect a program’s goal(s) with proposed activities and demonstrate an overall theory of change.

The following performance measures are required as part of the grant:

  • Intent and strategy to meet the reporting requirements;
  • Number of anticipated registered apprentices per cohort (i.e., high school students, current paraeducators, adults entering program from outside of the educational system or field);
  • Anticipated wages (include increases) for each registered apprentice;
  • Number of registered apprentices from an underrepresented population enrolled;
  • Number of registered apprentices with disabilities and how the school district will collaborate with IVRS to support these positions;
  • Number of registered apprentices completing the program;
  • Number of registered apprentices earning a credential;
  • Total number of credentials earned; and
  • Describe your plan and ability to track and measure the performance measures.
  1. Program Grant Authority

IDE’s authority in conjunction with the Iowa Workforce Development’s authority to award these grants is found at Iowa Code section 84A.13 and section 2001 of the ARP Act of 2021.

  1. Definitions
  • ARP ESSER or ESSER III: The ARP Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.
  • Apprentice: A person employed in a program who is provided combined classroom and on-the-job training under the direct and close supervision of a highly skilled worker in an occupation recognized as an apprenticeable trade and registered by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and meeting the standards established by that office.
  • Apprentices: A reportable registered apprentice who received grant-assisted services.
  • Demographics: Information regarding underrepresented populations being served.
  • Employee: A paid non-certified paraeducator, certified paraeducator (18 or older), or non-certified high school student (16 or older) who is hired as a registered apprentice for the TPRA program.
  • Employer sponsor: Any high school sponsor that combines academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience through a registered apprenticeship program and pays an employee.
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS): The public agency that provides expert, individualized services to Iowans with disabilities to achieve their independence through successful employment and economic support. IVRS can assist with accommodations or other services needed for an eligible individual with a disability to be successful in the apprenticeship program.
  • Memorandum of understanding (MOU): An agreement between two or more parties outlined in a formal document.
  • On-the-job training (OJT): A workforce development strategy where employers of all sizes have an opportunity to train, mentor, and hire candidates as they become fully proficient in a particular skill set or job function.
  • Outcome: A type of performance measure that indicates progress toward achieving the intended result of a registered apprenticeship program and usually represents a change in the situation of beneficiaries of a service, such as completing a training program or securing employment upon completion of training provided.
  • Paraeducator: An employee who works alongside and under the supervision of a licensed or certificated educator to support and assist in providing instructional and other services to children, youth, and their families.
  • Registered apprenticeship: An apprenticeship in a certified program providing to each trainee combined classroom and OJT under the direct and close supervision of a highly skilled worker in an occupation recognized as an apprenticeable trade and registered by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and meeting the standards established by that office.
  • Related training instruction (RTI): The classroom and/or lab learning experiences of registered apprentices. Hours spent in the classroom are designed to complement the OJT component of apprenticeships and enhance the learning experience.
  • Stackable credential: Being part of a sequence of credentials that can be accumulated over time to build up an individual’s qualifications and help them to move along a career pathway or up a career ladder to different and potentially higher-paying jobs.
  • Tuition: A sum of money charged for teaching or instruction by a school, college, or university.’
  • Wages: A fixed, regular payment — typically paid on a daily or weekly basis — made by an employer to an employee, especially to a manual or unskilled worker.

Award Information

  1. Estimated Available Funds

The State of Iowa has appropriated $9 million of the IDE’s ARP ESSER/ESSER III funds reserved for state-level activities to support the expansion of the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

 

  1. Estimated Award Amount

The IDE, through IWD, is providing up to $40,500 over a three-year period for each high school student or current non-certified paraeducator in a cohort completing a registered apprenticeship in the High School-to-Paraeducator model. The IDE, through IWD, is also providing up to $47,000 over a two-year period for each certified paraeducator in a cohort completing a registered apprenticeship in the certified Paraeducator-to-Teacher licensure model.

 

The IDE will ensure grants are awarded equitably across the state geographically, regardless of district size. The minimum number of registered apprentices required in each cohort is 10. Districts unable to achieve the minimum number for a cohort are encouraged to partner with another district close in proximity. To qualify for a grant, districts will be required to officially complete the registered apprenticeship process through the IWD Registered Apprenticeship Division by partnering with a community college or four-year college or university for the High School-to-Paraeducator model and a four-year college or university for the Paraeducator-to-Teacher model.

Funding will support:

  • Tuition and fees at $7,000 per year for up to three years at a community college.
  • Tuition and fees at up to $17,000 per year for up to two years at a public or private four-year college/university.
  • Hourly rate of $12 for high school aides while still in school and $6.00 (0.5 of $12/hour) for aides and paraeducators for up to 30 hours per week for 36 weeks. For the high school-to-paraeducator model this sums to $6,500 per year for three years, for a total of $19,500. For the paraeducator-to-teacher model, this sums to $6,500 per year for two years, for a total of $13,000.
  • Hourly rate of $12 for high school aides while still in school and $6.00 (0.5 of $12 per hour) for aides and paraeducators for up to 30 hours per week for 36 weeks. For the Paraeducator-to-Teacher model, this sums to $6,500 per year for two years, for a total of $13,000.
  1. Program and Award Period

           An Employer Sponsor must provide proof through an MOU to the Iowa Workforce Development that they are partnering with a Community College and/or 4-year Institution to launch a new or expand an existing Registered Apprenticeship program. The Employer Sponsor must also hire High School students or Paraeducators as Registered Apprentices.

 

              Awardees are required to draw down state funds by June 30, 2024. Any unexpended grant dollars must be returned to Iowa Workforce Development thereafter. The recipients must provide detailed reports to the Iowa Workforce Development as will be outlined in the reporting requirements. 

  1. Type of Award

The Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development will award funding to provide High School Employer partners per Registered Apprenticeship cohorts for RTI Tuition and employee wages. 

Funding will support:

  • Tuition and fees at $7,000 per year for up to three years at a community college.
  • Tuition and fees at up to $17,000 per year for up to two years at a public or private four-year college/university.
  • Hourly rate of $12 for high school aides while still in school and $6.00 (0.5 of $12/hour) for aides and paraeducators for up to 30 hours per week for 36 weeks. For the high school-to-paraeducator model this sums to $6,500 per year for three years, for a total of $19,500. For the paraeducator-to-teacher model, this sums to $6,500 per year for two years, for a total of $13,000.
  • The estimate scope of Registered Apprenticeship awards will be approximately 25-30 grants to districts for 100 anticipated Paraeducator apprentices and approximately 20-25 grants to districts for 100 anticipated Teacher apprentices.
  1. Use of Funds

Grant funds must be used to reimburse employer sponsors for RTI tuition and employee wages.

Grantees are required to comply with use of funds requirements of the ARP Act of 2021,

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

  1. Reporting Requirements

As a recipient of federal emergency dollars, IDE must comply with several reporting requirements specified in ARP Act, such as providing quarterly reports to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the state’s use of funds. Quarterly reports must provide a detailed accounting of the use of funds and any additional reports the secretary of education deems necessary.

In accepting funds from the IDE, the subgrantee must also comply with the applicable reporting requirements. Specifically, the subgrantee must provide quarterly reports to the IDE documenting the amount of ESSER III funds it has spent and should account for its ESSER III expenditures on an ongoing basis, as the secretary of education may require additional reports on a more frequent basis. In that case, the IDE will ask the subgrantee to provide spending information more frequently.

In addition to the reporting requirements specified in the ESSER III award, each awardee must submit wage and tuition reports to document which registered apprentice the funds were spent on. This will certify funds were used in accordance with the grant application and grant program. All grantees must provide a detailed report of the use of funds by December 31st of each program year to the director of IWD. The report must include, but is not limited to:

  • Partner organizations;
  • Date funds received;
  • Amount of funds received;
  • Number of apprentices registered in the program;
  • Number of apprentices who completed the program;
  • Credential/s apprentices are working towards;
  • Credential/s earned by each apprentice;
  • Number of total certifications earned by apprentices;
  • Employment and wage outcomes at the apprenticeship start and completion (wages must include one raise per apprenticeship and up to four);
  • First and last name of each student/employee who received assistance/support;
  • Date of birth of each student/employee who received assistance/support;
  • Home address of each student/employee who received assistance/support; and
  • Demographics of each student/employee who received assistance/support.
  1. Payment Schedule

The executed grant agreement will specify conditions for payment and payment schedule.

Eligibility Information

Eligible Applicants

  • Eligible applicants include Employer Sponsors registered with US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship to include partnership with Community Colleges and Iowa Universities, both in good standing with the State of Iowa.
  • Employer Sponsors must be registered in IowaWORKS with Iowa Workforce Development to complete the application for this grant.
  • Grantees must comply with all applicable provisions of state and federal laws pertaining to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment, and equal employment opportunity.   

 Additional Considerations

  • Additional consideration will be given to organizations and programs in local workforce areas and regions throughout the State of Iowa that document how the program will impact the expansion of both the High-School-to-Paraeducator and Certified Paraeducator-to-Teacher pathways.
  • Additional consideration will be given to organizations and programs that recruit and register apprentices from underrepresented groups and at-risk youth. 

Additional Information: Additional information regarding this funding opportunity can be found in the attachments provided on www.iowagrants.gov. For any additional questions regarding this posting, please use the "ask a question" function in IowaGrants at the top of the page, or email Brian Dennis at: Brian.Dennis@iwd.iowa.gov. 

 
 
 
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Description File Name File Size
TPRA Full NOFO 2022-01-21_TPRA_NOFO.pdf 377 KB
APPENDIX A-General Information APPENDIX A-Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship.pdf 153 KB
APPENDIX C-Teacher RA Work Processes APPENDIX C-Teacher RA Work Processes.pdf 118 KB
APPENDIX D-Paraeducator RA Work Processes APPENDIX D-Paraeducator RA Work Processes.pdf 218 KB
APPENDIX B-IowaGrants New User Instructions New Users Directions.pdf 150 KB
TPRA Grant Budget Template TPRA Grant Request Budget Form.xlsx 169 KB
 
 
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