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Lilly Endowment is pleased to announce Advancing Science of Reading in Indiana (ASRI), an initiative to help interested Indiana colleges and universities expand and enhance the use of evidence-based instructional methods aligned with the Science of Reading (SoR) in their teacher preparation programs. The initiative’s aim is to improve significantly the reading abilities of Indiana students. Through ASRI, the Endowment has allocated up to $25 million for planning and implementation grants available to colleges and universities that wish to participate in this initiative. The initiative will complement a statewide effort recently undertaken by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to improve reading achievement in K-12 schools by helping current teachers implement SoR-aligned methods in their classrooms.
The Endowment, which has long supported efforts to improve educational outcomes and achievement for students in Indiana’s K-12 schools, finds compelling the potential impact of increased use of SoR-aligned teaching methods on reading achievement in Indiana schools and believes that teacher preparation programs in Indiana’s colleges and universities can play a vital role in expanding and sustaining this impact. Learn more in the Request for Proposals.
Planning grants may be used to support short-term (up to one-year) activities focused on enhancing or expanding the use of SoR principles in teacher preparation programs. Eligible Indiana colleges and universities are invited to submit brief proposals requesting planning grants ranging from up to $75,000 to up to $100,000. The amounts will be based on the five-year average of the number of Indiana licenses granted annually to graduates in elementary education, early childhood education and mild intervention. The window for submitting a planning grant is now closed. Planning Grant Proposals were due by Monday, November 14, 2022.
Implementation proposals should present compelling strategies or programs focused on enhancing or expanding the use of SoR in teacher preparation. Grant amounts will range from up to $500,000 to up to $1,500,000. The amounts will be based on the five-year average of the number of Indiana licenses granted annually to graduates in elementary education, early childhood education and mild intervention. The Endowment will accept implementation grant proposals and communicate funding decisions on two different timelines. Colleges and universities should choose the timing that best accommodates their plans.
Timeline Options to Submit Implementation Grant Proposals
Based on questions received during ASRI information sessions, the Endowment has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to complement the RFP. View FAQ.
Additionally, this Issue Brief compiled by The Hunt Institute provides a description of SoR – what it is and is not – along with many links to further information.
Finally, the Endowment, with the assistance of IDOE staff and external SoR consultants, has assembled a list of resources relating to SoR (e.g., books, websites, articles). This document is available here.
Additional questions regarding ASRI can be sent to email@example.com.