The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) is a discretionary grant program seeking peer reviewers to read and evaluate applications submitted under the program’s grant competition. The FSCS program encourages coordination of academic, social, and health services through partnerships between (1) public elementary and secondary schools; (2) the schools’ local educational agencies; and (3) community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, and other public or private entities. The purpose of this collaboration is to provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that will result in improved educational outcomes for children.
We are seeking peer reviewers from various backgrounds and professions, including: State or local education officials, PK-12 coordinators and principals, college or university educators, researchers, evaluators, and community development practitioners. The selected reviewers should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: education reform and policy, community and youth development, strategic planning and partnerships, and evaluation and research.
EDUCATION REFORM & POLICY: Understanding of and experience implementing student achievement focused reform policy.
COMMUNITY AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Understanding of and experience implementing comprehensive community development activities with a focus on children and youth.
STRATEGIC PLANNING AND PARTNERSHIPS: Experience assisting organizations with strategic planning and developing strategic school/community partnerships, creating plans for scale and sustainability, and building capacity to achieve desired results.
EVALUATION AND RESEARCH: Experience managing, conducting or reviewing evaluation and research of education and related efforts, and provide technical assistance in using data to drive decision making and measure success.
REQUIREMENTS: Peer reviewers will independently read, score, and provide written comments for grant applications submitted to the U. S. Department of Education under the FSCS program. Expectations for peer reviewers selected are:
The application review will be conducted electronically from the reviewer's location.
The reviewer must have access to the Internet, a phone, a printer and have the ability to interact within a web-based environment.
The reviewer must be available to participate in an orientation session by conference call prior to evaluating the applications and participate in daily conference calls during the application review, typically a two week review period.
The reviewer must provide detailed, objective, constructive, and timely written reviews for each assigned application.
These reviews will be used to recommend applications for funding.
IF INTERESTED: If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer for the FSCS grant competition, please e-mail a copy of your current rèsumè or vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org and complete the Peer Reviewer Checklist-[MS Word 81KB] and save it to your computer as a 1997-2003 Microsoft Word document (.doc, not .docx) with your full name/peer reviewer checklist as the title of the document (e.g. "John Smith peer reviewer checklist"). The deadline is Friday, July 9, 2010.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Please remember that if your organization intends to apply for a grant under the fore mentioned competition, 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 if you have been offered a position, as an employee, advisor or consultant on the project; or
Your personal financial interests will be affected by the outcome of the competition, which would include any family members, employees or associates of the project applying for funding.
PROGRAM INFORMATION: For more information about the FSCS program, please visit the program website at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/communityschools.