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2016 PEER REVIEWERS

 

The Office of Innovation and Improvement is seeking individuals to serve as peer reviewers for the FY 2016 Charter Schools Program (CSP) State educational agency (SEA) grant competition. The CSP SEA program is a competitive grant program that enables SEAs to provide financial assistance, through subgrants to eligible applicants, for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools and for the dissemination of information about successful charter schools.

 

For FY 2016, Congress appropriated $333 million for the CSP. Approximately $160 million of these funds are available for new FY 2016 SEA grant awards through this competition.

 

We invite qualified individuals to apply to serve as grant application peer reviewers by completing the Peer Reviewer Application Form. A hard copy of the peer reviewer application can be found here [below].

 

Additional information can be found in the CSP SEA Call for Peer Reviewers. If you have questions about the peer review process and/or potential conflicts of interest please contact the SEA competition manager, Kathryn Meeley by email: Kathryn.Meeley@ed.gov.

 

Program Description

 

The purpose of the CSP is to increase the national understanding of the charter school model by (1) expanding the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools, and (2) by evaluating the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff and parents.

 

2016 CHARTER SCHOOLS PROGRAM STATE EDUCATIONAL AGENCY GRANT COMPETITION

 

CALL FOR PEER REVIEWERS

 
CONTEXT: The U.S. Department of Education (Department), Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), is seeking individuals to serve as peer reviewers for the FY 2016 Charter Schools Program (CSP) State educational agency (SEA) grant competition. The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model and to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the nation. The CSP SEA program is a competitive grant program that enables SEAs to provide financial assistance, through subgrants to eligible applicants, for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools and for the dissemination of information about successful charter schools.  For FY 2016, Congress appropriated $333 million for the CSP.  Approximately $160 million of these funds are available for new FY 2016 SEA grant awards through this competition.  We invite qualified individuals to apply to serve as grant application peer reviewers by completing the Peer Reviewer Application Form.

 

NOTE: Even if you applied to be a peer reviewer in the past, please complete the Peer Reviewer Application Form as directed below by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, April 15, 2016 to be considered for a peer reviewer position for the 2016 SEA competition.

 

WHO:  We are seeking peer reviewers from various professions and backgrounds with an understanding of the charter school sector and expertise in at least one of the following areas:  Charter School Authorizing and Accountability; Charter School Policy; Charter School Research and Evaluation; Charter School Development and Implementation; or Charter School Grant Administration.  Peer reviewers may have expertise in various geographies, including urban, suburban, rural, and tribal communities.

 

WHAT: Peer reviewers will independently read, score, and provide timely, well written comments for SEA grant applications submitted to the U.S. Department of Education under the CSP and travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in one week of in-person panel discussions.  

 

  • Availability: Reviewers for the CSP SEA competition will need to dedicate approximately 80 hours for the review process (40 hours will be needed to review all assigned applications, and another 40 hours will be needed to participate in the on-site application review). This time estimate includes participation in an orientation session by conference call prior to evaluating the applications, time for reading, scoring, developing comments, and discussing assigned applications.  While exact dates for the review have not yet been finalized, we expect it will be around the end of May through July, 2016. 
  • Where: Reviewers will read, score and develop comments from their location prior to traveling to Washington, D.C., to participate in one week of in-person panel discussions.
  • Tools: Each reviewer must have access to the Internet, a phone, a computer, a printer and have the ability to interact within the web environment.
  • Quality of review: Each reviewer must provide detailed, objective, constructive, timely and, well written reviews for each assigned application. These reviews will be used to recommend applications for funding. They will also be shared with each applicant and the comments regarding winning applicants will be made available to the general public following the reviews.

 

HONORARIUM: Reviewers will receive an honorarium of $200 per application for the satisfactory completion of the above requirements during the grant review schedule. A satisfactory review requires that each application is read, scored, and discussed.  The final, high-quality comments and corresponding scores will be reviewed and approved by a panel monitor prior to their final submission in the G5 system.  Travel costs for the onsite portion of the review will also be covered.

 

IF INTERESTED: If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer, please click here and complete the Peer Reviewer Application Form.  After completing the form you will be prompted to send your resume and contact information via email with the subject heading “FY 2016 CSP SEA PEER REVIEWER” to the email address provided in the Peer Reviewer Application Form.  You must complete both steps by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, April 15, 2016 to be considered as an FY 2016 CSP SEA peer reviewer. Please do not exceed the five-page limit for resumes.

 

G5 REGISTRATION: To serve as a reviewer you will need to register in G5.  If you would like take care of this process prior to being selected you can register at www.g5.govFor support with this process you may contact G5 at edcaps.user@ed.gov or call 1-888-336-8930.  *Please note that registering in G5 at this time does not guarantee that you will be selected as a reviewer. 

 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Please remember that if your organization intends to apply for a grant under any CSP competitions, you may not be eligible to serve as a reviewer.  As a reviewer, you will have a conflict of interest if:

  • You helped prepare an application, regardless of financial interest in the success or failure of that application.
  • You have agreed to serve, or you have been offered a position, as an employee, advisor, or consultant on the project.
  • Your personal financial interest will be affected by the outcome of the competition, which would include any family members, employees or associates of the project applying for funding.

 

If you have any questions about the peer review process and/or potential conflicts of interest please contact the SEA competition manager, Kathryn Meeley by email: Kathryn.Meeley@ed.gov

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The Department solicits reviewers without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability.  The Department will provide reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability so that individual might participate in the peer reviewer application process.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to apply to participate in this review, please contact Kathryn Meeley by phone, (202) 453-6818 or email at kathryn.meeley@ed.gov  no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, April 8, 2016 to ensure we can facilitate the application process. 

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION: For more information about the Charter Schools Program State Educational Agency Grant Program, click here