$12M in available grants – Next Generation Learning Challenges Wave 3 Announced

[ 0 ] October 6, 2011 |

The Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) has announced Wave 3 and up to $12 million in new grants.  NGLC is In partnership with EDUCAUSE, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The winners of the first two waves of challenges are hard at work and we look forward to adding more innovators to the mix.

Wave 3 differs from the previous two waves in several important ways:

  1. Focusing on whole-program or whole-institution breakthrough delivery models, as opposed to particular technology-enabled “building blocks,” as was the case for waves 1 and 2
  2. Integrating both secondary and postsecondary—the themes are the same, but each sector has a slightly different RFP
  3. Applications will be accepted on three dates—November 11, February 9th, June 8th—as opposed to one deadline
  4. The application is changing. Instead of a short written document we are asking for a two minute video, a 12 slide PowerPoint pitch deck with voiceover, and an abbreviated financial model

NGLC’s Wave IIIa, Breakthrough Models for College Readiness, will seek new, technology-enabled, whole school solutions that aim to radically improve student performance across grades 6-12. Applicants would be eligible for $150,000 pre-launch planning grants and up to $300,000 in one-to-one matching funds. NGLC expects to make up to twenty $150,000 awards and has a pool of $3 million for the one-to-one matching funds. NGLC will be seeking both district and charter school applicants who seek to launch new blended school models.

NGLC’s Wave IIIb, Breakthrough Models for College Completion, will identify innovations that stimulate the development of new, next generation online and blended programs that lead to the highest quality associate or bachelor degrees. Wave IIIb additionally poses the question:  Have learning, policy, and organizational processes advanced far enough to enable associate and bachelor degree programs to be delivered for $5,000 or less per student per year without sacrificing quality, accessibility, or scalability? NGLC believes such potential exists and seeks to answer the question and provide findings to the field. Applicants, including accredited public, private or for-profit institutions of higher education, are eligible for awards up to $1 million.

All information about Wave 3, including the RFP and dates for upcoming informational webcasts, may be found at www.nextgenlearning.org.


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