Office of Innovation and Improvement; Overview Information; Teaching American History Grant Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, 57540-57545 [E7-19945]

Download as PDF 57540 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 10, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Innovation and Improvement; Overview Information; Teaching American History Grant Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215X.) Applications Available: October 10, 2007. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: November 9, 2007. Dates of Pre-Application Meetings: Pre-application meetings for prospective applicants will be held. Further information on the dates, times, and locations of these meetings will be made available through a notice published in the Federal Register and through the Teaching American History Web site at http://www.ed.gov/programs/ teachinghistory. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 10, 2007. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: February 7, 2008. DATES: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The Teaching American History Grant Program supports projects that aim to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history. Grant awards assist local educational agencies (LEAs), in partnership with entities that have extensive content expertise, to develop, implement, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional American history as a separate subject within the core curriculum, these programs are intended to improve instruction and raise student achievement. Priorities: This competition includes one absolute priority and one competitive preference priority that are explained in the following paragraphs. Absolute Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority is from section 2351 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)(20 U.S.C. 6721(b)). For FY 2008 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Oct 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 This priority is: Partnerships with Other Agencies or Institutions. Each applicant LEA must propose to work in partnership with one or more of the following: • An institution of higher education. • A non-profit history or humanities organization. • A library or museum. Competitive Preference Priority: This priority is from the notice of final priorities for discretionary grant programs, published in the Federal Register on October 11, 2006 (71 FR 60046). For FY 2008 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is a competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award up to an additional 15 points to an application, depending on how well the application meets this priority. This priority is: School Districts with Schools in Need of Improvement, Corrective Action, or Restructuring (up to 15 additional points). Projects that help school districts implement academic and structural interventions in schools that have been identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Note: In addressing this priority, each applicant is encouraged to include a plan for how the applicant will assess the specific needs in the content area of traditional American history in schools that have been identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. In addition, each applicant is encouraged to include a plan for how the applicant will recruit U.S. history teachers from schools that have been identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. Further, each applicant is encouraged to include information on how each of these two plans will be implemented. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6721. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The notice of final selection criteria and other application requirements for this program published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2005 (70 FR 19939). (c) The notice of final priorities for discretionary grant programs published in the Federal Register on October 11, 2006 (71 FR 60046). Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes. PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education only. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $50,000,000 for new awards for this program for FY 2008. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications now to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program. The Department assumes that Congress will appropriate sufficient funds to provide funding for the first three years (36 months) of the project period for each grantee. Thus, we anticipate that initial awards under this competition will be made for a threeyear period. Contingent upon the availability of funds and each grantee’s substantial progress towards accomplishing the goals and objectives of the project as described in its approved application, we may make continuation awards to grantees for the remaining 24 months of the program. Review of each grantee’s progress may include consideration of evidence of promising practice and strong evaluation design. Further, contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2009 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition. Maximum Award: The following maximum award amounts are from the notice of final selection criteria and other application requirements for this program, published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2005 (70 FR 19939). (1) Total funding for a three-year project period is a maximum of $500,000 for LEAs with enrollments of less than 20,000 students; $1,000,000 for LEAs with enrollments of 20,000– 300,000 students; and $2,000,000 for LEAs with enrollments above 300,000 students. LEAs may form consortia and combine their enrollments in order to receive a grant reflective of their combined enrollment. For districts applying jointly as a consortium, the maximum award is based on the combined enrollment of the individual districts in the consortium. If more than one LEA wishes to form a consortium, they must follow the procedures for group applications described in 34 CFR 75.127 through 34 CFR 75.129 of EDGAR. (2) A maximum of one grant will be awarded per applicant per competition. E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 10, 2007 / Notices Estimated Number of Awards: 52–65. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: LEAs, including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law and regulations, that must work in partnership with one or more of the following entities: • An institution of higher education. • A non-profit history or humanities organization. • A library or museum. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost sharing or matching. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794–1398. Telephone, toll free: 1– 877–433–7827. FAX: (301) 470–1244. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call, toll free: 1–877– 576–7734. You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ edpubs.html or at its e-mail address: http://edpubs@inet.ed.gov. If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this program or competition as follows: CFDA number 84.215X. Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the person or team listed under Alternative Format in section VIII of this notice. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this program. Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to limit the application narrative to the equivalent of no more than 25 pages, using the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Oct 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs. • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). • Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font (including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted. The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, the page limit does apply to all of the application narrative section (Part III). 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: October 10, 2007. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: November 9, 2007. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 10, 2007. Applications for grants under this program must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission Requirements in this notice. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact either one of the two individuals listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application process, the individual’s application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: February 7, 2008. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this program. 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57541 restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice. 6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this program must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section. a. Electronic Submission of Applications. Applications for grants under the Teaching American History Grant Program, CFDA Number 84.215X, must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us. We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement. You may access the electronic grant application for Teaching American History Grant Program at http:// www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.215, not 84.215X). Please note the following: • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. • Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not consider your application if it is date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 57542 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 10, 2007 / Notices was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. • The amount of time it can take to upload an application will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov. • You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for this program to ensure that you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov at http://e-Grants.ed.gov/ help/ GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf. • To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must complete all steps in the Grants.gov registration process (see http://www.grants.gov/applicants/ get_registered.jsp. These steps include (1) Registering your organization, a multi-part process that includes registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR); (2) registering yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and (3) getting authorized as an AOR by your organization. Details on these steps are outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step Registration Guide (see http:// www.grants.gov/section910/ Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf). You also must provide on your application the same D–U–N–S Number used with this registration. Please note that the registration process may take five or more business days to complete, and you must have completed all registration steps to allow you to submit successfully an application via Grants.gov. In addition you will need to update your CCR registration on an annual basis. This may take three or more business days to complete. • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your application in paper format. • You must submit all documents electronically, including all information you typically provide on the following forms: Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information—Non- VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Oct 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Please note that two of these forms—the SF 424 and the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424— have replaced the ED 424 (Application for Federal Education Assistance). • You must attach any narrative sections of your application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the three file types specified in this paragraph or submit a password-protected file, we will not review that material. • Your electronic application must comply with any page-limit requirements described in this notice. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send a second notification to you by e-mail. This second notification indicates that the Department has received your application and has assigned your application a PR/Award number (an EDspecified identifying number unique to your application). • We may request that you provide us original signatures on forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll free, at 1–800–518–4726. You must obtain a Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it. If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension until 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing instructions described elsewhere in this notice. If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will accept your PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 application if we can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted. Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system. Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application through the Grants.gov system because— • You do not have access to the Internet; or • You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Grants.gov system; and • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. Address and mail or fax your statement to: Alex Stein, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4W206, Washington, DC 20202–5960. FAX: (202) 401–8466. Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice. b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 10, 2007 / Notices application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable following address: By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.215X), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202– 4260; or By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.215X), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785–1506. Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark. (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service. (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier. (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A private metered postmark. (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service. If your application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider your application. Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.215X), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department— (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Oct 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 including suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your application; and (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this notification within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245– 6288. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are from the notice of final selection criteria and other application requirements published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2005 (70 FR 19939) and are as follows: (1) Project quality (45 points). The Secretary considers the quality of the proposed project by considering— (a) The likelihood that the proposed project will develop, implement, and strengthen programs to teach traditional American history as a separate academic subject (not as a component of social studies) within elementary school and secondary school curricula. (b) How specific traditional American history content will be covered by the grant (including the significant issues, episodes, and turning points in the history of the United States; how the words and deeds of individual Americans have determined the course of our Nation; and how the principles of freedom and democracy articulated in the founding documents of this Nation have shaped America’s struggles and achievements and its social, political, and legal institutions and relations); the format in which the project will deliver the history content; and the quality of the staff and consultants responsible for delivering these content-based professional development activities, emphasizing, where relevant, their postsecondary teaching experience and scholarship in subject areas relevant to the teaching of traditional American history. The applicant may also attach curricula vitarum for individuals who will provide the content training to the teachers. (c) How well the applicant describes a plan that meets the statutory requirement to carry out activities under the grant in partnership with one or more of the following: (i) An institution of higher education. (ii) A non-profit history or humanities organization. (iii) A library or museum. (d) The applicant’s rationale for selecting the partner(s) and its description of specific activities that the partner(s) will contribute to the grant PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57543 during each year of the project. The applicant should include a memorandum of understanding or detailed letters of commitment from the partner(s) in an appendix to the application narrative. Note: The Secretary encourages each applicant to address this criterion by providing a detailed description of the actual history subject content of the professional development and teacher education activities to be carried out under this grant. The Secretary also encourages each applicant to include a discussion of the research base for the professional development strategies and how this research can be used to assist the applicant in designing a project that ensures successful achievement of project objectives. Finally, the Secretary encourages each applicant to describe the applicant’s efforts to conduct an assessment of teachers’ content needs and describe how that needs assessment is part of a comprehensive, longterm strategy to upgrade teacher quality throughout the school district. (2) Significance (20 points). The Secretary considers the significance of the proposed project. In determining the significance of the project, the Secretary considers— (a) The extent to which the proposed project is likely to build local capacity to improve or expand the LEA’s ability to provide American history teachers professional development in traditional American history subject content and content-related teaching strategies. (b) The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely to be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in teaching and student achievement. (c) How teachers will use the knowledge acquired from project activities to improve the quality of instruction. This description may include plans for reviewing how teachers’ lesson planning and classroom teaching are affected by their participation in project activities. Note: In meeting this criterion, the Secretary encourages the applicant to include a description of its commitment to build local capacity by primarily serving teachers in its LEA or consortium of LEAs. The Secretary also encourages the applicant to include background and statistical information to explain the project’s significance. For example, the applicant could include information on: the extent to which teachers in the LEA are not certified in history or social studies; student achievement data in American history; and rates of student participation in courses such as Advanced Placement U.S. History. (3) Quality of the project evaluation (20 points). The Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of the proposed project. In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary considers: E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1 57544 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 10, 2007 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES (a) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and qualitative data to the extent possible. (b) How well the evaluation plans are aligned with the project design explained under the Project Quality criterion. (c) Whether the evaluation includes benchmarks to monitor progress toward specific project objectives, and outcome measures to assess the impact on teaching and learning or other important outcomes for project participants. (d) Whether the applicant identifies the individual and/or organization that has agreed to serve as evaluator for the project and includes a description of the qualifications of that evaluator. (e) The extent to which the applicant indicates the following: (i) What types of data will be collected. (ii) When various types of data will be collected. (iii) What methods will be used to collect data. (iv) What data collection instruments will be developed. (v) How the data will be analyzed. (vi) When reports of results and outcomes will be available. (vii) How the applicant will use the information collected through the evaluation to monitor the progress of the funded project and to provide accountability information about both success at the initial site and effective strategies for replication in other settings. (viii) How the applicant will devote an appropriate level of resources to project evaluation. Note: The Secretary encourages each applicant to include a plan of how the project’s evaluation plan will address the Teaching American History Grant Program Government Performance and Results Act performance indicators (see section entitled ‘‘Performance Measures’’). Further, each applicant is encouraged to describe how the applicant’s evaluation plan will be designed to collect both output data (number of teacher participants, number of workshops held, etc.) and outcome data (improvements in teacher classroom practice, increases in student history achievement, etc.). Finally, each applicant is encouraged to select an independent, objective evaluator who has experience in evaluating educational programs and who will play an active role in the design and development of the project. For resources on what to consider in designing and conducting project evaluations, go to http:// www.whatworkshelpdesk.ed.gov/. (4) Quality of the management plan (15 points). The Secretary considers the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Oct 09, 2007 Jkt 214001 quality of the management plan for the proposed project. In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors: (a) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing project tasks. (b) The extent to which the time commitments of the project director and other key project personnel are appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed project. Note: The Secretary encourages each applicant to address this criterion by including in the narrative the roles of partners in each phase of the project. In addition, each applicant is encouraged to consider how the applicant might demonstrate (e.g., through narrative discussion, letters of support, or formal memoranda of understanding) the commitment of partners to the project and the partners’ understanding of responsibilities they have agreed to assume in service delivery. Finally, each applicant may include in this narrative a schedule of activities with sufficient time for developing an adequate implementation plan. performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ appforms/appforms.html. 4. Performance Measures: We have established two performance measures for the Teaching American History Grant Program. The measures are: (1) Students in experimental and quasiexperimental studies of educational effectiveness of Teaching American History Grant Program projects will demonstrate higher achievement on course content measures, statewide U.S. history assessments, or both than students in control and comparison groups, and (2) Teachers will demonstrate an increased understanding of American history through the use of nationally validated tests of American history that can be directly linked to their participation in the Teaching American History Grant Program. VII. Agency Contacts 2. Applicant’s Past Performance and Compliance History: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3)(ii) and (iii), the Secretary may consider an applicant’s past performance and compliance history when evaluating applications and in making funding decisions. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notice (GAN). We may notify you informally, also. If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant. 3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual Alex Stein or Emily Fitzpatrick, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4W206, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 205–9085 or (202) 260–1498 or by e-mail: TeachingAmericanHistory@ed.gov. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. VIII. Other Information Alternative Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact persons listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal E:\FR\FM\10OCN1.SGM 10OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 10, 2007 / Notices Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Dated: October 4, 2007. Morgan S. Brown, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement. [FR Doc. E7–19945 Filed 10–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (National Advisory Committee); Meeting National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, Department of Education. AGENCY: What Is the Purpose of This Notice? The purpose of this notice is to announce the public meeting of the National Advisory Committee and invite third-party oral presentations (3–5 minutes) before the Committee. In all instances, your comments about agencies seeking initial recognition, continued recognition and/or an expansion of an agency’s scope of recognition must relate to the Criteria for Recognition. In addition, your comments for any agency whose interim report is scheduled for review must relate to the issues raised and the Criteria for Recognition cited in the Secretary’s letter that requested the interim report. This notice also presents the proposed agenda and informs the public of its opportunity to attend this meeting. The notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES When and Where Will the Meeting Take Place? We will hold the public meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 19, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 12 p.m. in the Mt. Vernon Rooms A and B at The Madison, 1177 Fifteenth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005. You may call the hotel at (202) 862–1600 to inquire about rooms. What Assistance Will Be Provided to Individuals With Disabilities? The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. 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Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339. What Is the Authority for the National Advisory Committee? The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity is established under Section 114 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1011c. What Are the Functions of the National Advisory Committee? The Committee advises the Secretary of Education about: • The establishment and enforcement of the Criteria for Recognition of accrediting agencies or associations under subpart 2 of part H of Title IV, HEA. • The recognition of specific accrediting agencies or associations. • The preparation and publication of the list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies and associations. • The eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education under Title IV, HEA. • The development of standards and criteria for specific categories of vocational training institutions and institutions of higher education for which there are no recognized accrediting agencies, associations, or State agencies in order to establish the interim eligibility of those institutions to participate in Federally funded programs. • The relationship between: (1) Accreditation of institutions of higher education and the certification and eligibility of such institutions, and (2) State licensing responsibilities with respect to such institutions. • Any other advisory functions relating to accreditation and PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57545 institutional eligibility that the Secretary may prescribe. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 195 (Wednesday, October 10, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57540-57545]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Innovation and Improvement; Overview Information; 
Teaching American History Grant Program; Notice Inviting Applications 
for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215X.)


DATES: Applications Available: October 10, 2007.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: November 9, 2007.
    Dates of Pre-Application Meetings: Pre-application meetings for 
prospective applicants will be held. Further information on the dates, 
times, and locations of these meetings will be made available through a 
notice published in the Federal Register and through the Teaching 
American History Web site at http://www.ed.gov/programs/
teachinghistory.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 10, 2007.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: February 7, 2008.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The Teaching American History Grant Program 
supports projects that aim to raise student achievement by improving 
teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional 
American history. Grant awards assist local educational agencies 
(LEAs), in partnership with entities that have extensive content 
expertise, to develop, implement, document, evaluate, and disseminate 
innovative, cohesive models of professional development. By helping 
teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of 
traditional American history as a separate subject within the core 
curriculum, these programs are intended to improve instruction and 
raise student achievement.
    Priorities: This competition includes one absolute priority and one 
competitive preference priority that are explained in the following 
paragraphs.
    Absolute Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this 
priority is from section 2351 of the Elementary and Secondary Education 
Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (the No 
Child Left Behind Act of 2001)(20 U.S.C. 6721(b)). For FY 2008 and any 
subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded 
applicants from this competition, this priority is an absolute 
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that 
meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Partnerships with Other Agencies or Institutions. Each applicant 
LEA must propose to work in partnership with one or more of the 
following:
     An institution of higher education.
     A non-profit history or humanities organization.
     A library or museum.
    Competitive Preference Priority: This priority is from the notice 
of final priorities for discretionary grant programs, published in the 
Federal Register on October 11, 2006 (71 FR 60046). For FY 2008 and any 
subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded 
applicants from this competition, this priority is a competitive 
preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award up to an 
additional 15 points to an application, depending on how well the 
application meets this priority.
    This priority is:
    School Districts with Schools in Need of Improvement, Corrective 
Action, or Restructuring (up to 15 additional points). Projects that 
help school districts implement academic and structural interventions 
in schools that have been identified for improvement, corrective 
action, or restructuring under the Elementary and Secondary Education 
Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

    Note: In addressing this priority, each applicant is encouraged 
to include a plan for how the applicant will assess the specific 
needs in the content area of traditional American history in schools 
that have been identified for improvement, corrective action, or 
restructuring. In addition, each applicant is encouraged to include 
a plan for how the applicant will recruit U.S. history teachers from 
schools that have been identified for improvement, corrective 
action, or restructuring. Further, each applicant is encouraged to 
include information on how each of these two plans will be 
implemented.


    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6721.

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The notice of final selection 
criteria and other application requirements for this program published 
in the Federal Register on April 15, 2005 (70 FR 19939). (c) The notice 
of final priorities for discretionary grant programs published in the 
Federal Register on October 11, 2006 (71 FR 60046).

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian tribes.


    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$50,000,000 for new awards for this program for FY 2008. The actual 
level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. 
However, we are inviting applications now to allow enough time to 
complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this 
program.
    The Department assumes that Congress will appropriate sufficient 
funds to provide funding for the first three years (36 months) of the 
project period for each grantee. Thus, we anticipate that initial 
awards under this competition will be made for a three-year period. 
Contingent upon the availability of funds and each grantee's 
substantial progress towards accomplishing the goals and objectives of 
the project as described in its approved application, we may make 
continuation awards to grantees for the remaining 24 months of the 
program. Review of each grantee's progress may include consideration of 
evidence of promising practice and strong evaluation design. Further, 
contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2009 from the list of 
unfunded applicants from this competition.
    Maximum Award: The following maximum award amounts are from the 
notice of final selection criteria and other application requirements 
for this program, published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2005 
(70 FR 19939).
    (1) Total funding for a three-year project period is a maximum of 
$500,000 for LEAs with enrollments of less than 20,000 students; 
$1,000,000 for LEAs with enrollments of 20,000-300,000 students; and 
$2,000,000 for LEAs with enrollments above 300,000 students. LEAs may 
form consortia and combine their enrollments in order to receive a 
grant reflective of their combined enrollment. For districts applying 
jointly as a consortium, the maximum award is based on the combined 
enrollment of the individual districts in the consortium. If more than 
one LEA wishes to form a consortium, they must follow the procedures 
for group applications described in 34 CFR 75.127 through 34 CFR 75.129 
of EDGAR.
    (2) A maximum of one grant will be awarded per applicant per 
competition.

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    Estimated Number of Awards: 52-65.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: LEAs, including charter schools that are 
considered LEAs under State law and regulations, that must work in 
partnership with one or more of the following entities:
     An institution of higher education.
     A non-profit history or humanities organization.
     A library or museum.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: Education Publications 
Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone, toll 
free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call, toll free: 1-877-
576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: http://www.ed.gov/
pubs/edpubs.html or at its e-mail address: http://edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to 
identify this program or competition as follows: CFDA number 84.215X.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the person or team 
listed under Alternative Format in section VIII of this notice.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this program.
    Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that 
reviewers use to evaluate your application. Applicants are strongly 
encouraged to limit the application narrative to the equivalent of no 
more than 25 pages, using the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5 x 11, on one side 
only, with 1 margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font 
(including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, 
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part 
IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the 
resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, the page 
limit does apply to all of the application narrative section (Part 
III).
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: October 10, 2007.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: November 9, 2007.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 10, 2007.
    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted 
electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For 
information (including dates and times) about how to submit your 
application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission 
Requirements in this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
either one of the two individuals listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT in section VII in this notice. If the Department provides an 
accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in 
connection with the application process, the individual's application 
remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this 
notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: February 7, 2008.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this program.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this program must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an 
exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in 
this section.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    Applications for grants under the Teaching American History Grant 
Program, CFDA Number 84.215X, must be submitted electronically using 
the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.Grants.gov. 
Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the 
application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit 
your application. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant 
application to us.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of 
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written 
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these 
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that 
is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in 
this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    You may access the electronic grant application for Teaching 
American History Grant Program at http://www.Grants.gov. You must 
search for the downloadable application package for this program by the 
CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your 
search (e.g., search for 84.215, not 84.215X).
    Please note the following:
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation.
     Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time 
stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must 
be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as 
otherwise noted in this section, we will not consider your application 
if it is date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system later than 4:30 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. When we 
retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are 
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was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., 
Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.
     The amount of time it can take to upload an application 
will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the 
application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we 
strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline 
date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for this program to ensure that you 
submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. 
You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to 
Grants.gov at http://e-Grants.ed.gov/help/
GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf.
     To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must 
complete all steps in the Grants.gov registration process (see http://
www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp. These steps include (1) 
Registering your organization, a multi-part process that includes 
registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR); (2) 
registering yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative 
(AOR); and (3) getting authorized as an AOR by your organization. 
Details on these steps are outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step 
Registration Guide (see http://www.grants.gov/section910/
Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf). You also must provide on your 
application the same D-U-N-S Number used with this registration. Please 
note that the registration process may take five or more business days 
to complete, and you must have completed all registration steps to 
allow you to submit successfully an application via Grants.gov. In 
addition you will need to update your CCR registration on an annual 
basis. This may take three or more business days to complete.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your 
application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
all information you typically provide on the following forms: 
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of 
Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
certifications. Please note that two of these forms--the SF 424 and the 
Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424--have 
replaced the ED 424 (Application for Federal Education Assistance).
     You must attach any narrative sections of your application 
as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable 
Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the three file 
types specified in this paragraph or submit a password-protected file, 
we will not review that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page-
limit requirements described in this notice.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates 
receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The 
Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send 
a second notification to you by e-mail. This second notification 
indicates that the Department has received your application and has 
assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified 
identifying number unique to your application).
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues 
with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting 
your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov 
Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a 
Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand 
delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing 
instructions described elsewhere in this notice.
    If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice and 
provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with 
Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will 
accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem 
occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your 
ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after 
a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted.

    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply 
only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the 
Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed 
to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before 
the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem 
you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an 
exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your 
application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application 
through the Grants.gov system because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
the Grants.gov system; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement 
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception 
prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application.
    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be 
postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must 
receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the 
application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Alex Stein, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4W206, 
Washington, DC 20202-5960. FAX: (202) 401-8466.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the 
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail 
the original and two copies of your application, on or before the

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application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable 
following address:
    By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of 
Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 
84.215X), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260; or
    By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, 
Application Control Center, Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 
84.215X), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785-1506.
    Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing 
consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your 
local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper 
application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original 
and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.215X), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center 
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, 
Sundays, and Federal holidays.

    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you 
mail or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including 
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a 
notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not 
receive this notification within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
from the notice of final selection criteria and other application 
requirements published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2005 (70 FR 
19939) and are as follows:
    (1) Project quality (45 points). The Secretary considers the 
quality of the proposed project by considering--
    (a) The likelihood that the proposed project will develop, 
implement, and strengthen programs to teach traditional American 
history as a separate academic subject (not as a component of social 
studies) within elementary school and secondary school curricula.
    (b) How specific traditional American history content will be 
covered by the grant (including the significant issues, episodes, and 
turning points in the history of the United States; how the words and 
deeds of individual Americans have determined the course of our Nation; 
and how the principles of freedom and democracy articulated in the 
founding documents of this Nation have shaped America's struggles and 
achievements and its social, political, and legal institutions and 
relations); the format in which the project will deliver the history 
content; and the quality of the staff and consultants responsible for 
delivering these content-based professional development activities, 
emphasizing, where relevant, their postsecondary teaching experience 
and scholarship in subject areas relevant to the teaching of 
traditional American history. The applicant may also attach curricula 
vitarum for individuals who will provide the content training to the 
teachers.
    (c) How well the applicant describes a plan that meets the 
statutory requirement to carry out activities under the grant in 
partnership with one or more of the following:
    (i) An institution of higher education.
    (ii) A non-profit history or humanities organization.
    (iii) A library or museum.
    (d) The applicant's rationale for selecting the partner(s) and its 
description of specific activities that the partner(s) will contribute 
to the grant during each year of the project. The applicant should 
include a memorandum of understanding or detailed letters of commitment 
from the partner(s) in an appendix to the application narrative.

    Note: The Secretary encourages each applicant to address this 
criterion by providing a detailed description of the actual history 
subject content of the professional development and teacher 
education activities to be carried out under this grant. The 
Secretary also encourages each applicant to include a discussion of 
the research base for the professional development strategies and 
how this research can be used to assist the applicant in designing a 
project that ensures successful achievement of project objectives. 
Finally, the Secretary encourages each applicant to describe the 
applicant's efforts to conduct an assessment of teachers' content 
needs and describe how that needs assessment is part of a 
comprehensive, long-term strategy to upgrade teacher quality 
throughout the school district.

    (2) Significance (20 points). The Secretary considers the 
significance of the proposed project. In determining the significance 
of the project, the Secretary considers--
    (a) The extent to which the proposed project is likely to build 
local capacity to improve or expand the LEA's ability to provide 
American history teachers professional development in traditional 
American history subject content and content-related teaching 
strategies.
    (b) The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely 
to be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in 
teaching and student achievement.
    (c) How teachers will use the knowledge acquired from project 
activities to improve the quality of instruction. This description may 
include plans for reviewing how teachers' lesson planning and classroom 
teaching are affected by their participation in project activities.

    Note: In meeting this criterion, the Secretary encourages the 
applicant to include a description of its commitment to build local 
capacity by primarily serving teachers in its LEA or consortium of 
LEAs. The Secretary also encourages the applicant to include 
background and statistical information to explain the project's 
significance. For example, the applicant could include information 
on: the extent to which teachers in the LEA are not certified in 
history or social studies; student achievement data in American 
history; and rates of student participation in courses such as 
Advanced Placement U.S. History.

    (3) Quality of the project evaluation (20 points). The Secretary 
considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of the proposed 
project. In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary 
considers:

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    (a) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use 
of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the 
intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and 
qualitative data to the extent possible.
    (b) How well the evaluation plans are aligned with the project 
design explained under the Project Quality criterion.
    (c) Whether the evaluation includes benchmarks to monitor progress 
toward specific project objectives, and outcome measures to assess the 
impact on teaching and learning or other important outcomes for project 
participants.
    (d) Whether the applicant identifies the individual and/or 
organization that has agreed to serve as evaluator for the project and 
includes a description of the qualifications of that evaluator.
    (e) The extent to which the applicant indicates the following:
    (i) What types of data will be collected.
    (ii) When various types of data will be collected.
    (iii) What methods will be used to collect data.
    (iv) What data collection instruments will be developed.
    (v) How the data will be analyzed.
    (vi) When reports of results and outcomes will be available.
    (vii) How the applicant will use the information collected through 
the evaluation to monitor the progress of the funded project and to 
provide accountability information about both success at the initial 
site and effective strategies for replication in other settings.
    (viii) How the applicant will devote an appropriate level of 
resources to project evaluation.

    Note: The Secretary encourages each applicant to include a plan 
of how the project's evaluation plan will address the Teaching 
American History Grant Program Government Performance and Results 
Act performance indicators (see section entitled ``Performance 
Measures''). Further, each applicant is encouraged to describe how 
the applicant's evaluation plan will be designed to collect both 
output data (number of teacher participants, number of workshops 
held, etc.) and outcome data (improvements in teacher classroom 
practice, increases in student history achievement, etc.). Finally, 
each applicant is encouraged to select an independent, objective 
evaluator who has experience in evaluating educational programs and 
who will play an active role in the design and development of the 
project. For resources on what to consider in designing and 
conducting project evaluations, go to http://
www.whatworkshelpdesk.ed.gov/.

    (4) Quality of the management plan (15 points). The Secretary 
considers the quality of the management plan for the proposed project. 
In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (a) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly 
defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing 
project tasks.
    (b) The extent to which the time commitments of the project 
director and other key project personnel are appropriate and adequate 
to meet the objectives of the proposed project.

    Note: The Secretary encourages each applicant to address this 
criterion by including in the narrative the roles of partners in 
each phase of the project. In addition, each applicant is encouraged 
to consider how the applicant might demonstrate (e.g., through 
narrative discussion, letters of support, or formal memoranda of 
understanding) the commitment of partners to the project and the 
partners' understanding of responsibilities they have agreed to 
assume in service delivery. Finally, each applicant may include in 
this narrative a schedule of activities with sufficient time for 
developing an adequate implementation plan.

    2. Applicant's Past Performance and Compliance History: In 
accordance with 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3)(ii) and (iii), the Secretary may 
consider an applicant's past performance and compliance history when 
evaluating applications and in making funding decisions.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notice 
(GAN). We may notify you informally, also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section in this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an 
annual performance report that provides the most current performance 
and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary 
under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent 
performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements 
on reporting, please go to http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/
appforms.html.
    4. Performance Measures: We have established two performance 
measures for the Teaching American History Grant Program. The measures 
are: (1) Students in experimental and quasi-experimental studies of 
educational effectiveness of Teaching American History Grant Program 
projects will demonstrate higher achievement on course content 
measures, statewide U.S. history assessments, or both than students in 
control and comparison groups, and (2) Teachers will demonstrate an 
increased understanding of American history through the use of 
nationally validated tests of American history that can be directly 
linked to their participation in the Teaching American History Grant 
Program.

VII. Agency Contacts

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alex Stein or Emily Fitzpatrick, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4W206, 
Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 205-9085 or (202) 260-1498 or by 
e-mail: TeachingAmericanHistory@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Alternative Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format 
(e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on 
request to the program contact persons listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal

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Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the 
Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on 
GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html.


    Dated: October 4, 2007.
Morgan S. Brown,
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement.
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