Criteria: School District Collaboration Grant
(1)The Oregon Department of Education shall establish a request for proposal solicitation and approval process to be conducted each biennium for when District Implementation and Design Collaboration grant funds are available. The Department shall notify eligible applicants of the proposal process and the due dates, and make available necessary guidelines and application forms.
(2)All proposals must comply with the requirements of ORS 329.838 (School District Collaboration Grant Program) and ORS 342.950 and rules adopted to implement those laws. Grants shall be awarded based on whether the grant application identifies how the funds will be used to improve education outcomes identified by the Department of Education or set forth in ORS 351.009.
(3)Prior to applying for a grant, the school district must receive the approval to apply for the grant from:
(a)The exclusive bargaining representative for the teachers of the school districts, or if the teachers are not represented by an exclusive bargaining representative, from the teachers of the school districts;
(b)The chairperson of the school district board; and
(c)The superintendent of the school district.
(4)Districts shall establish a collaborative leadership team to oversee the design and implementation process. The collaborative leadership team shall include the exclusive bargaining representative for the teachers of the school district or, if the teachers are not represented by an exclusive bargaining representative, the teachers of the school district.
(5)Districts shall display readiness and eligibility for an implementation grant by submitting detailed blueprints, developed collaboratively by teachers, administrators, and the teacher bargaining unit, in the four required areas:
(a)Career pathways processes for teachers and administrators;
(b)Evaluation processes for teachers and administrators;
(c)Compensation models for teachers and administrators, and
(d)Enhanced professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators.
(6)The Department of Education shall award design and implementation grants based on the evaluation of the district application, eligibility criteria, and the following considerations:
(a)Geographic location of districts to insure geographic diversity within the recipients of grant program funds throughout the state;
(b)Districts that have an achievement gap as defined in 581-018-0005 (Definitions);
(c)Districts that have a high level of economically disadvantaged students as defined in 581-018-0005 (Definitions).
Rule 581-018-0110 — Criteria: School District Collaboration Grant,