U.S. Department of Education Marks the Success of Investing in Innovation (i3), and Launches Seventh and Final i3 Competition

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U.S. Department of Education Marks the Success of Investing in Innovation (i3), and Launches Seventh and Final i3 Competition

April 26, 2016

This week, the U.S. Department of Education launched the seventh and final Investing in Innovation (i3) Development competition. Educators working with school districts, nonprofits and partner organizations can apply for grant awards up to $3 million by May 24, 2016. Later this year, the Department will announce the i3 Validation and Scale-up competitions for applicants with more rigorous evidence supporting their proposed projects. In 2017, the new Education Innovation and Research program, established by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), will replace i3 as the Department’s signature program for driving innovation and scaling evidence-based practices.

“We are proud to support innovative educators that are helping every student learn, grow and achieve their full potential,” said Nadya Chinoy Dabby, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement. “Across the country, we have seen how innovation in education can close gaps in opportunity, and change the academic and life trajectories of underserved students.”

This year, the i3 Development competition is encouraging innovations that maximize students’ learning and engagement by transforming the school environment. For the first time, the Department is encouraging applicants to improve school climates and develop alternative strategies to exclusionary discipline. This allows schools, districts and their partners to build on the extensive work underway through the Administration’s #ReThinkDiscipline initiative. This year’s competition also includes a focus on fostering schools’ racial and socioeconomic diversity, and closing gaps in opportunity for underserved students. Consistent with past years, this competition also promotes innovative strategies to support students and educators as they implement rigorous standards and aligned assessments, enhance students’ non-cognitive skills, and serve students in rural areas.

Since 2010, the i3 program has awarded over $1.3 billion—matched by more than $200 million in private sector matching funds—to schools and nonprofit partners working in all 50 states. These efforts have helped partner organizations in the i3 Development tier create and share strategies that change students’ lives. For example:

The Department applauds our educators’ innovative efforts, and is encouraged by their progress. To learn more about the 2016 i3 Development competition or promising i3 projects underway, go to http://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/innovation/investing-in-innovation-i3/.