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Arts in Education—Professional Development for Arts Educators

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CFDA Number: 84.351C
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also known as: Arts in Education-Professional Development

What's New

New applicant information for the 2017 grant competition has been posted. You can now download the FY17 PDAE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) here.

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education announced the FY 2017 Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) Program Competition. Unlike previous competitions, this competition is being administered under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Under Title IV, P:art F, Subpart 4 of ESSA, Assistance for Arts Education, grant awards are authorized to enrich the academic experiences of students by promoting arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities through activities such as professional development for arts educators, teachers, and principals.

Please note that the FY 2017 PDAE grant program application submission period closed on May 30, 2017. During the coming weeks, the PDAE program team will conduct a thorough peer review of the applications received and expects to make awards in the Fall of 2017. For more information about the PDAE grant program, visit the Application Info and Eligibility page.

Call for Peer Reviewers

The Department is interested in peer reviewers from various backgrounds and professions including: K-12 arts curriculum specialists and arts-integration teachers; principals and administrators of arts-focused or arts-integration schools; district-, state- or regional-level professional development specialists and coordinators; educational program evaluators, and others with education expertise relevant to PDAE’s purpose. Reviewers will have expertise in at least one of the program's focus areas, in professional development and education administration, or in educational evaluation.

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This program specifically supports the implementation of high-quality model professional development programs for arts educators and other instructional staff in the areas of music, dance, drama, media arts, and visual arts, including folk arts, for students in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) in which 50 percent or more of the students are from low-income families.

Projects funded by this program use innovative instructional methods and current knowledge from education research and focus on (1) the development, enhancement, or expansion of standards-based arts education programs and/or (2) the integration of standards-based arts instruction with other core academic area content.

Last Modified: 06/20/2017