Seeding Strategies to Close the Calculus Equity Gap

Portal ID:
8774
Status:
Closed (21 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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Purpose:

Closing the equity gap in calculus is critical because calculus functions as a gatekeeper for students interested in pursuing STEM majors and careers. Women and students from historically underrepresented groups are disproportionately impacted by the calculus barrier. This grant opportunity endeavors to incentivize the use of effective strategies to close the calculus equity gap at California's public colleges and universities. 

Description:

Based upon this research and guided by Learning Lab’s approach to systemic change, this RFP, “Seeding Strategies to Close the Calculus Equity Gap”, is designed as a department-level funding opportunity to encourage the implementation of select promising curricular and pedagogical strategies to close equity gaps in calculus course sequences.

Through this RFP, Learning Lab intends to award 30-35 grants of up to $100,000 per awardee for up to two years. Approximately $2.5 million will be awarded to California Community Colleges (up to 25 grants), and approximately $1 million combined will be awarded to California State University and University of California campuses (up to 10 grants, combined). 

To apply for a “Seeding Strategies to Close the Calculus Equity Gap” grant, applicants must:

Be a public, postsecondary institution in California; Propose to implement one or more promising strategies from the calculus report; (summarized in this RFP beginning on page 3) to improve the calculus course sequence; Identify a department chair or dean as the project PI; and Include an institutional cover letter signed by the PIs/Co-PIs and the institution’s president/chancellor, vice chancellor/vice president of instruction, or provost or equivalent.

Applicants are requested to read Charting a New Course and required to propose implementation of one or more of the curricular or pedagogical strategies in the Calculus at their respective institutions. Please consult the Seeding Strategies webpage, Funding Priorities tab for information on eligible strategies.

To be considered for funding, applicants must file a Statement of Intent that identifies the institution (and any partnering institutions through a consultation model or parallel implementation model, if applicable), and provides the names of PIs/co-PIs and a brief project summary. The Statement of Intent must be submitted through Learning Lab’s Application Portal by 5:00pm PT on Thursday, February 3, 2022. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Be a public, postsecondary institution in California; Propose to implement one or more promising strategies from the calculus report to improve the calculus course sequence; Identify a department chair or dean as the project PI; and Include an institutional cover letter with authorized signatures

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
April 29, 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
12-24 months

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$3,500,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
30 – 35
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$100,000
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Marisa Cheung, 1-866-325-3222, info@calearninglab.org