Ready to Teach


To carry out a national telecommunications-based program to improve teaching, and prepare students to achieve challenging academic standards, in core curriculum areas. The Ready to Teach program also supports digital educational programming grants that enable eligible entities to develop, produce, and distribute educational and instructional video programming.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Executive Order Title V, Part D, Subpart 8, 20 U.S.C. 7257-7257d.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Nonprofit telecommunications entities or a partnership of those entities, as defined in section 397(12) of the Communications Act of 1934, that can demonstrate a capacity for the development and distribution of educational instructional television programming of high quality.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Elementary and secondary, students and school teachers who provide instruction in core curriculum areas (in the United States).
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application forms and instructions are available from the program office. Application deadlines and other information for applicants are published in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure
Applicants are reviewed and evaluated by outside experts and program staff, in accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75, Subpart D).
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 60 days following the application deadline.
Not Applicable.
As required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) for direct grant programs (see 34 CFR 75.253). Generally, for multiple-year awards, continuation awards after the first budget period are made if: sufficient funds have been appropriated; the recipient has either made substantial progress in meeting the goals of the project or obtained approval for changes in the project; the recipient has submitted all required reports; and continuation is in the best interest of the government.
How are proposals selected?
The Department uses the selection criteria contained in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) to evaluate applications to this program. The specific criteria to be used for a particular grant competition are selected from among these on 34 CFR 75, Section 75.210, and announced in the application package or the application notice in the Federal Register.
How may assistance be used?
Not more than five percent of the amount received under the grant may be used for administrative costs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual performance reports are required for each budget period. Specific due dates are determined by the Department and forwarded to applicants accordingly. Final performance reports are due 90 days after expiration or termination of the award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
As required by EDGAR for direct grant programs (34 CFR 75) the grantee shall maintain records and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues, or other applicable credits acquired under its award as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions. Generally, records related to grant funds, compliance, and performance must be maintained for a period of five years after completion.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Digital educational programming grants awarded under ESEA Sec. 5484 require a match of not less than 100 percent from non-federal sources. Grants awarded under ESEA Sec. 5481, to carry out a national telecommunications-based program, have no formula or matching requirements. Such matching funds may include funds provided for the transition to digital broadcasting, as well as in-kind contributions.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Following a competitively selected 12-month award, up to two additional years may be awarded. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Sharon Harris, Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Technology in Education Programs, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Room 4W216, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 205-5880.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 09 $10,700,000; FY 10 $0; FY 11 $0 - No additional obligations expected for FY 2010 and 2011.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available


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