Professional Development

TFA, NWP, Board Certification, and KIPP Among Winners of Federal Teacher Grant

By Stephen Sawchuk — October 05, 2015 1 min read

Twelve organizations will share some $51 million in grants under a competitive federal program supporting teacher professional development, the U.S. Department of Education announced today.

SEED is a competitive program carved out of the much larger, $2.3 billion state teacher quality grants program, which goes to every state. The percent of the SEED set-aside has creeped up gradually from 1 percent to its current figure, 2.3 percent. As I reported at the time, SEED was created in 2011 after federal earmark reform got rid of specific set-asides for Teach For America, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the National Writing Project. Instead, appropriators came up with the idea of a competition in which grantees would have to cite research evidence of their effectiveness.

This year’s winners include a range of subjects, from history through English, and both familiar names and new ones, and cover everything from mentoring programs, to teacher preparation, to inservice professional development, to advanced licensing. The Education Department estimates they will reach about 50,000 teachers.


  • Center for Civic Education: $6.1 million
  • Criterion Education: $5.1 million
  • KIPP Foundation: $4.9 million
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: $3.8 million
  • National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform: $1.7 million
  • National Institute for Excellence in Teaching: $1.6 million
  • National Writing Project: $5.4 million
  • New Teacher Center: $2.5 million
  • TNTP (New Teacher Project): $5.3 million
  • National Center for Teacher Residencies: $4.4 million
  • Teach For America: $7.6 million
  • WestEd: $2.8 million

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.