(HISTORICAL) - Title I Arts-Integration Pilot Program (New Jersey)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)


    The objective of this grant program is to create a Title 1 Arts-Integration Pilot Program, in which the grantees will investigate and apply various research-based arts-integration techniques that serve as intervention strategies leading to increased student achievement and school improvement. The goal of the pilot is to generate a wide variety of evidence-based pedagogic strategies, supported by school-level student data that substantiates the efficacy of arts-integration as a lever to increased student achievement and school improvement. 
    Through this program, the NJDOE will provide schools the opportunity to establish programs that employ promising practices and program components using arts-integration as a student achievement (targeted assistance Title I programs and schoolwide Title I programs) and school improvement strategy (schoolwide programs only). This is a one-time allotment of funds.
    The NJDOE expects to achieve the following statewide outcomes in which the applicants will contribute to the:
    • Engagement of the participating pilot schools in action research methodologies that inform student achievement and school improvement efforts;
    • Development and implementation of effective model programs of instruction, utilizing arts-integration as an intervention strategy for increased student achievement and school improvement;
    • Increases in new and existing partnerships among non-profit organizations, arts service providers, higher education, and public arts institutions and individuals (e.g., independent researchers, teaching artists, classroom teachers, certified arts content specialists etc.) for the express purpose of informing teaching and learning and improving school culture;
    • Expansion of the body of scientifically-based research practices that demonstrate various ways in which robust, thoughtfully planned and executed arts-integrated paradigms strengthen core academic programs in schools;
    • Documentation and substantiation of the successes of a variety of circumstances under which arts-integration strategies can be attributable to improvements in:
      • Student Learning and Mastery;
      • School Culture and Climate;
      • Student Engagement; and/or
      • Family and Community Engagement;
    • Creation of a mechanism for non-pilot schools across the state to benefit from lessons learned by the participating pilot schools about the efficacy of arts-integration as a pedagogic strategy for increased student achievement and school improvement; and
    • Driving instructional and climate change using key, school-level student data to inform teachers' pedagogic content knowledge; and indicate successes and deltas (areas in need of improvement) of school pedagogy.
    The arts-integration program activities must be evidence-based and must strengthen the core academic program of the school.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    • Project Abstract (0 points);
    • Statement of Need: (5 points);
    • Project Description: (25 points);
    • Goals, Objectives and Indicators (25 points);
    • Project Activity Plan (20 points); and 
    • Organizational Commitment and Capacity (15 points)


    Karen Campbell

    Karen Campbell
    Office of Supplemental Educational Programs
    PO Box 500
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
    (609) 943-4283

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are all Title I funded local education agencies (LEAs) in New Jersey, including charter schools and Renaissance Projects. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) invites applications that serve targeted assistance Title I programs as well as Title I schoolwide programs. The grade level(s) served by the school participating in the pilot is up to the discretion of the LEA, but must be specifically identified in the application. An LEA may submit an application on behalf of only one of its Title I schools.

    LEAs are encouraged, but are not required, to develop partnership agreements with other entities such as non-profit organizations, arts service providers, institutions of higher education, public arts institutions, museums and museum educators or individuals (e.g., independent researchers, teaching artists, etc.), for the purposes of furthering research, providing professional development for instructional staff and other district staff members that are engaged in the pilot program. No more than 1/3 of the total budget request may go to partnering organizations or outside individuals.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were originally to be electronically submitted via the Electronic Web Enabled Grant (EWEG) system by 4:00 PM EST on October 4, 2016. However, due to issues with the EWEG system, the NJDOE has extended the application deadline to no be 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

    This record is for historical purposes only.

    Award Details

    $1,000,000 is available in total funding. 10 awards of up to $100,000 will be made. The NJDOE intends to make awards to the three highest scoring Title I targeted assistance school applications and the three highest scoring Title I school-wide status school applications. Remaining awards will be made in rank order. The project period begins January 1, 2017 and ends July 31, 2017.

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