Potential Federal Funding Sources for Professional Development
Note: Funding levels represent FY15 funding for each national program.
U.S. Department of Education
ESEA, Title II
Provides grants to state education agencies, local education agencies, state agencies for higher education, and eligible partnerships to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools.
- Improving Teacher Quality State Grants ($1 billion for professional development, which includes $25 million in Supporting Effective Educator Development Grants)
- Mathematics and Science Partnerships ($150 million)
- Transition to Teaching ($14 million)
- School Leadership Program ($26 million)
- Ready to Learn programs ($26 million)
Learn more about ESEA, Title II grants.
Investing in Innovation (I3)
Currently funding education programs that
- Develop online training, coaching, standards-aligned resources, and videos of effective teaching practices;
- Improve the teacher and principal pipeline by creating alternate pathways to certification, developing rigorous evaluation systems, and building district capacity to train and place effective teachers and principals;
- Implement college- and career-ready curriculum and dual enrollment programs; and
- Create or adapt digital tools and incorporating technology to support teaching and learning ($141 million).
Learn more about Investing in Innovation funding.
Race to the Top (RTT)
Funds improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness. Check with your local education agency to see if funds are available through RTT, RTT District, or RTT-Early Learning Challenge ($520 million).
Learn more about Race to the Top funding.
Teacher Incentive Fund
ESEA Title V, Part D provides funds to improve student achievement through increased teacher and leader effectiveness ($288 million).
Learn more about the Teacher Incentive Fund.
English Language Acquisition State Grants
ESEA Title III, provides funds to improve instructional programs for English language learners ($723 million).
Learn more about English Language Acquisition State Grants.
IDEA, Part D
The State Improvement Program provides competitive grants to assist state educational agencies, to reform and improve their systems for providing educational, early intervention, and transitional services to improve results for children with disabilities. This includes state educational agencies’ systems for professional development. The Personnel Preparation Program supports competitive awards to prepare personnel to serve children with low- and high-incidence disabilities, as well as leadership personnel ($125 million).
Learn more about IDEA, Part D grants. (PDF)
Career and Technical Education
Provides funds to develop more fully the academic, career, and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary students who elect to enroll in CTE programs; includes funding for professional development programs to teachers, counselors, and administrators ($1 billion).
Learn more about career and technical education funding.
Magnet Schools Assistance Program
Supports capacity development—the ability of a school to help all its students meet more challenging standards—through professional development and other activities that will enable the continued operation of the magnet schools at a high performance level after funding ends ($91 million).
Learn more about the Magnet Schools Assistance Program.
Rural Education Achievement Program
Provides funds to rural districts to meet federal education requirements (includes Titles I, II, IV, V) ($170 million).
Learn more about Rural Education Achievement Program funding.
School Improvement Grants
ESEA Title I, Sec. 1003(g) provides funding to recruit, retrain and support effective educators ($505 million).
Learn more about School Improvement Grants.
Physical Education Program
Funds opportunities for professional development for teachers of physical education to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and trends in the field of physical education ($75 million).
Learn more about Physical Education Program funding.
Higher Education Act
Title II funds the Teacher Quality Partnership grants to improve the quality of prospective and new teachers by improving the preparation of prospective teachers and enhancing professional development activities for new teachers ($41 million).
Learn more about Higher Education Act funding. (PDF)
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Coordinated School Health program from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control funds 22 states and one tribal organization to help build and strengthen their capacity to improve child and adolescent health, including professional development for teachers (School Health Branch: $15 million; Division of Adolescent and School Health: $32 million).
Learn more about Coordinated School Health program funding.
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