School districts, institutions of higher education and other educational or community organizations are eligible to apply for a Minority Teacher Development Grant being offered by the New Jersey Department of Education.
The two-year competitive grant program is open to eligible organizations in New Jersey that can provide evidence of successful implementation of programs that recruit, train and place minority candidates in high-needs school districts. An eligible organization must apply on behalf of a partnership that includes, at minimum, at least one high poverty school district. Applicants may apply for up to $250,000.
Based on the availability of fiscal year 2024 state appropriations, this first year of the grant program will begin Feb. 1, 2024, and will end Jan. 31, 2025.
This NGO will provide funding to eligible organizations that recruit, train and place new teachers, with special emphasis on minority teachers, in one or more high poverty school districts in the state as defined in section three of P.L. 2007, c.260 (C.18A:7F-45). Recipients will identify, substantiate and document effective programs, strategies and resources to increase the placement and support of minority teachers.
Grant recipients will identify effective methods of recruiting, placing and retaining high quality, well prepared, minority educators. The goals of this grant program are to:
- Establish partnerships with at least one high poverty school district to place minority teacher candidates.
- Increase the number of minority teacher candidates hired into teaching positions.
- Identify effective strategies, resources and best practices that can be implemented by school districts, educator preparation programs and/or other organizations to increase the placement, support and retention of minority teachers.
Applications must be received by Nov. 30, 2023.