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Section 27h Mentoring and Induction Grants

To help increase retention of new teachers, administrators, and counselors, Section 27h of the State School Aid Act authorized three separate grants totaling $50 million related to mentoring and induction for the 2023-24 fiscal year and beyond: 

  1. Mentoring Standards, Curriculum, and Professional Learning Creation Grant: $500,000 to an intermediate school district or other educational entity to assist the Michigan Department of Education to create standards, curricula, and professional learning for mentors of teachers, administrators, and counselors. "Other educational entities" is defined as a Michigan approved Education Preparation Provider or an established Michigan professional education organization.
  2. Program Evaluation Grant: $500,000 to evaluate effectiveness of mentoring and induction programs in Michigan.
  3. District Mentoring Support Grant: $49,000,000 to districts over a 5-year span (with no more than 10 million a year) to support mentoring and induction activities. 

Mentoring Standards, Curriculum, and Professional Learning Creation Grant

Purpose

Section 27h(5) gives $500,000 to an intermediate school district or other educational entity to assist the Michigan Department of Education to create standards, curricula, and professional learning for mentors of teachers, administrators, and counselors. 

 

Eligible Applicants

Intermediate school districts (ISDs) and other educational entities. For purposes of this grant, other educational entities are defined as a Michigan approved education preparation provider or an established Michigan professional education organization.

 

Grant Information

Applicants will need to demonstrate knowledge and experience in effectively supporting new teachers, administrators, and counselors, as well as a capacity to partner with MDE, meet deadlines, and complete the deliverables (mentoring standards, curricula, and professional learning modules).

 

Timeline

Application open: March 14

Application close: April 19 at 5 p.m. - The application window for this grant is closed. 

Grant Awarded: Early June

 

 

Mentoring Program Evaluation Grant

Purpose

To award $500,000 to a qualified evaluation entity to evaluate mentoring and induction programming in Michigan, including providing recommendations to improve programming. 

 

Eligible Applicants

Qualified evaluation entities. Qualified applicants will include entities that demonstrate each of the following: 

  • Prior success in program evaluation, including data collection and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Capacity to conduct statewide program evaluation, meet deadlines, and complete deliverables.
  • Prior knowledge in the areas of study, including any or all of the following: Michigan’s education system, new educator mentoring, or educator induction practices.

Grant Information

Awardees of this grant will gather and analyze baseline data from current mentoring and induction programs and then conduct an evaluation of mentoring and induction programs in Michigan after the implementation of the grants awarded per Section 27h. The final evaluation needs to include a recommendation on how to improve programs. 

 

Timeline

Application open: June 20, 2024
Application close: July 25, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.
Application awarded: September 2024

How to Apply

This application is located in NexSys. To have access to NexSys, you will need to ensure that your entity:

 

Becoming listed in EEM: If your entity is not currently listed in EEM, please follow the below steps:

  • Access the How to ‘Open an Entity in the Educational Entity Master (EEM)’ document.
  • Go down to ‘Who can request new entity codes?’ and in the second paragraph, click on the Other Non-School Recipient Form. Complete the online form and submit.
  • Once your entity is reviewed and approved, you will receive a follow-up email from CEPI with your new agreement number.
  • After you receive your agreement number, you will then need to have someone fill out our Other Non-School Security Form to gain access to the EEM to update as needed. Follow all instructions on the security form and submit completed form to CEPI@Michigan.gov.  Note: Do not submit the security form before you have your agreement number.
  • Once the security form is processed, you will receive a follow-up email
  • Once added to EEM, please contact MDE-EdWorkforceGrants@Michigan.gov with your EEM Agreement Number.

 

Accessing the Application: Once you have established a MiLogin for Business Account, linked it to your MEIS Account and have completed the NexSys User Agreement Form, follow these steps:

  1. Access your MiLogin for Business account.
  2. Login to MiLogin for Business and request access to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) as the agency and NexSys – Next Generation Grant, Application and Cash Management. site.
  3. Once NexSys is listed on the users MiLogin for Business homepage, click the NexSys link.
  4. From the menu of available applications, select 27h(6) Mentoring Program Evaluation Grant.  If you do not see this option, please contact MDE-EdWorkforceGrants@Michigan.gov with your EEM agreement number to have your entity deemed as an eligible applicant.
  5. Once application is accessed, complete the application by navigating each section in the left menu and saving each page after completing.
  6. Print a copy of your application before submitting. Then click Submit.

Resources

 

District Mentoring Support Grant

Purpose

To provide $49 million to districts to support mentoring and induction programming for teachers, administrators, and counselors.

Eligible Applicants

Districts

Grant Information

The funds awarded through this grant may be used for: 

  • Stipends to mentors of administrators, teachers, and counselors.
  • Training for mentor teachers, mentor school counselors, and mentor administrators.
  • Books, materials, professional learning expenses, and other resources necessary for mentoring and onboarding new teachers.
  • Staffing costs to cover time spent by both new and mentor teachers, school counselors, and administrators dedicated to mentoring and onboarding rather than being in the classroom or performing other job duties.
  • Contracting with 1 or more established state professional organizations to provide mentoring services to school administrators. Only $3,000.00 per administrator or the actual program cost, whichever is lesser.

Timeline

TBD