$14 Million grant opportunity announced by Tennessee Department of Education

The Tennessee Department of Education announced a $14 million grant opportunity to establish the new Innovative High School Models program, intended to empower local communities and collaborate to boost student readiness and prepare students for a future in high-demand jobs in their region.

The goal of the Innovative High School Models program is to encourage strong and strategic innovative partnerships between Tennessee public school districts, postsecondary education institutions, and local employers to reimagine how to prepare students for success after high school.

Through a competitive application process, 10 to 20 school districts will be awarded a grant ranging from $750,000 to $2 million to establish strategic partnerships that accelerate and increase student attainment of high-quality, in-demand postsecondary credentials.

Grant recipients will be encouraged to rethink and revision high school educational models – from the use of time and space, entrance requirements, instructional practices and modes of learning, scheduling, and mentorship and training opportunities available to students – to provide new and additional pathways for students to be prepared for postsecondary success.

This program will also help reinforce the work of the Tennessee Pathways model, which supports alignment among K-12, postsecondary, and industry partners to provide students with relevant education and training to jumpstart their postsecondary degrees and credentials.

In Tennessee, high-quality career pathways support student success through:

*College and career advisement throughout K-12;

*Rigorous early postsecondary and work-based learning opportunities throughout high school; and

*Seamless vertical alignment between K-12, postsecondary programs, and career opportunities as a result of effective partnerships among school districts, higher education institutions, employers, and community organizations.

This grant opportunity is available through federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund funding.

The notice of intent is due April 15 and the grant application is due May 7.