About the Project
Out-of-school suspensions disproportionately affect students of color, students with special education designations, and LGBTQ+ youth. Frequent suspensions can result in lost instructional time and adverse long-term academic outcomes. To address these concerns, we are leading the Race Education and Community Healing (REACH) Network with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. The initiative’s overall goal is to reduce racial disparities and exclusionary discipline mindsets and practices to improve school climate conditions for all students, especially historically marginalized youth. To meet our ambitious goals, we are working to identify ways to promote health relationships in schools and prevent out-of-school suspensions from happening altogether, and providing tools and training on alternatives to suspensions based on new evidence-based models.
School sites are invited to apply to be a part of the reach network. Network grantees will test out innovative models that promote positive relationships, healthy learning conditions, and center on evidence-based alternatives to punitive practices and policies in schools. Grantees will receive an award of up to $25,000.
Click the Application Information tab for more info on how to apply. Applications are due December 8, 2023 at 5:00pm PT.
REACH grants will allow for school sites and districts to test out innovative models that promote positive relationships, healthy learning conditions, and center on evidence-based alternatives to punitive practices and policies in schools.
Applications are due December 8, 2023 at 5:00pm PT.
REACH grants will be awarded in the amount of up to $25,000 each. Grants will be distributed on July 1, 2024. These grants will help inform promising models that align to Senator Nancy Skinner’s successful SB 274, now a state law, designed to keep students in school by eliminating suspensions for “willful defiance” or low-level behavior issues in TK through grade 12.
A summary of your desire to participate in the REACH Network submitted with a brief application completed in a Google Form with a budget and budget justification based on the provided template by the required deadline for the request for proposals (RFP). A digital signature from your district’s superintendent and board chair is also required as part of the application.
- The attached proposal must include each of the following elements (not to exceed 1 page total):
a. Description of significance of your project and how it relates to the purpose of the REACH Network
b. Describe how this application represents a promising idea based on improving learning and school climate for historically marginalized students, using existing student or school artifacts, data, or research
c. Explanation of how the efficacy of your project will be assessed
d. A list of any partner organizations or agencies, if relevant
- Attached budget using the template provided in the request for proposals (RFP). The total request may not exceed $25,000.
- A completed theory of action for your work in the upcoming year using this template.
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