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Charter Schools Program Grants for Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools

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CFDA Number: 84.282M
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: Charter Management Organization competition

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The Office of Innovation and Improvement, is seeking individuals to serve as peer reviewers for the FY 2015 Charter Schools Program (CSP) Replication and Expansion grant competition

We invite qualified individuals to apply to serve as grant application peer reviewers by registering in G5; if you would like take care of this process prior to being selected, you will find an instructional video on how to register here.

If you are not able to register in G5, please email a copy of your current resume or vitae to Your resume should clearly address your charter school background or expertise. Resumes will be kept on file and panel reviewers will be notified on an as-needed basis.

Requirements: Peer reviewers should clearly indicate having one or more of the following backgrounds:

  • Charter management organizations planning and operation
  • Social and education entrepreneurs with experience in the charter sector
  • Education professionals with significant experience in:
    • Charter school leadership and professional development
    • Charter School evaluation and monitoring experience
    • Charter school policy and research
    • Charter school planning, program design, and implementation
    • Charter school technical assistance and resources
    • Charter school authorizing
  • Charter support organizations
  • Education strategy practitioners with experience in the charter sector
  • Special education and English learner researchers and evaluators
  • Experts in charter sector program evaluation
  • Charter school funders
  • Practitioners from the social innovation and venture philanthropy fields
  • Education and public policy professionals
  • Other non-profit entities with experience in the charter sector

Peer reviewers are expected to independently read, score, and provide written comments for grant applications submitted to the U.S. Department of Education under the CSP programs.

Availability: Reviewers for the CSP CMO competition will need to dedicate approximately 40 hours for the review process. This time estimate includes participation in an orientation session by conference call prior to evaluating the applications, time for reading, scoring, developing comments, and discussing assigned applications, and time for editing and finalizing comments for submission.

While exact dates for the review have not yet been finalized, we expect it will be in or around July 2015.

If you have any questions about the peer review process, please contact us by email:

NON-DISCRIMINATION: The Department solicits reviewers without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. The Department will provide reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability so that individual might participate in the peer reviewer application process. If you require a reasonable accommodation to apply to participate in this review, please contact Brian Martin by phone, (202)205-9085 or email at no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2015 to ensure we can facilitate the application process.

Program Description

The purpose of the Charter Schools Program (CSP) is to increase the national understanding of the charter school model by (1) expanding the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools, and (2) by evaluating the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, student academic achievement, staff and parents.

Under the Replication and Expansion for High-Quality Charter Schools competition, the CSP awards grants to eligible applicants, including non-profit charter management organizations. Eligible applicants must have demonstrated success, including success in increasing student academic achievement.

Grant funds may be used to expand enrollment of one or more existing charter schools by substantially increasing the number of available seats per school, or to open one or more new charter schools based on the model for which the eligible applicant has presented evidence of success.

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Last Modified: 05/22/2015