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[CFDA No. 84.342]

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers To Use Technology

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of

ACTION: Notice of requirements and invitation for applications for new
awards for fiscal year (FY) 2000.


Purpose of Program

    The Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology program
provides grants to consortia that are helping future teachers become
proficient in the use of modern learning technologies. This program
addresses looming teacher shortages by developing well-qualified,
technology-proficient teachers, who are prepared to teach in 21st
century schools, particularly schools in low-income communities or
rural areas. This program provides support for two types of grants:
implementation grants, and catalyst grants.

Eligible Applicants

    Only consortia may receive grants under this program. A consortium
must include at least two members. Consortium members may include
institutions of higher education (IHEs), Schools of Education, State
educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), private
schools, professional associations, foundations, museums, libraries,
for profit agencies and organizations, nonprofit organizations,
community-based organizations, and others.

    Note: In each consortium a participating nonprofit member must
be designated as the ``applicant'' for purposes of 34 CFR 75.128 and
must act as the fiscal agent.

    Applications Available: January 7, 2000.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 7, 2000.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 8, 2000.
    Estimated Available Funds: $75,000,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $200,000-$400,000 for implementation
grants, and $500,000-$700,000 for catalyst grants.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $380,000 for implementation
grants, and $600,000 for catalyst grants.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 80 implementation grants, and 15
catalyst grants.
    Project Period: 36 months for implementation grants, and 36 months
for catalyst grants.

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

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81,
82, 85, and 86; (b) The regulations for this program in competition.
The selection criteria and factors to be used for this competition will
be provided in the application package.

Application Review Procedures

    The Secretary announces the use of a multi-tier review process to
evaluate all applications submitted for new awards under the FY 2000
Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology program. The Secretary
takes this action to ensure a thorough review and assessment of the
large number of applications that are expected to be received under the
FY 2000 competition. This multi-tier review process does not affect the
contents of applications in this competition

For Applications Contact

    Beginning January 7, 2000, telephone (202) 502-7788 or fax requests
to (202)502-7775. The application package also will be available from
the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology program web site at
http://www.ed.gov/teachtech in January, 2000.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erika Kirby, Preparing Tomorrow's
Teachers to Use Technology, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K
Street, NW, Suite 6160,Washington DC 20202-5131. Telephone: (202) 502-
7788. E-mail: erika__kirby@ed.gov Individuals who use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application
package in an alternate format by contacting that person. However, the
Department is not able to reproduce in an alternate format the standard
forms included in the application package.

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6832.

    Dated: December 21, 1999.
Claudio R. Prieto,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 99-33555 Filed 12-27-99; 8:45 am]