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Who May Apply

A tribal education agency (TEA) that is from an eligible Indian tribe and is authorized by its tribe to administer this program, or a consortium of such TEAs, in partnership with a State educational agency (SEA) and local educational agency (LEA).

  • Cultural competency means the use of culturally responsive education that takes into account a student’s own cultural experiences, creates connections between home and school experiences, and uses the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and learning styles of diverse students to make learning more appropriate and effective.

  • Eligible Indian tribe means a federally recognized or a State-recognized tribe.

  • Eligible school means a school that is included in the applicant’s preliminary and final agreements, and that is: (a) A public school, including a public charter school, or (b) A BIE-funded tribally controlled school.

  • Established TEA means a TEA that: (a) Previously received a STEP grant, or (b) Has an existing prior relationship with an SEA or LEA as evidenced by a prior written agreement between the TEA and SEA or LEA, and meets two or more of the following criteria:

      i) Has an existing tribal education code;
      ii) Has administered at least one education program (for example, a tribally operated preschool or afterschool program) within the past five years; or
      iii) Has administered at least one Federal, State, local, or private grant within the past five years.

  • ESEA formula grant program means one of the following programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), for which SEAs or LEAs receive formula funding: (a) Improving Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged (title I, part A); (b) School Improvement Grants (section 1003(g)); (c) Migrant Education (title I, part C); (d) Neglected and Delinquent State Grants (title I, part D); (e) Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (title II, part A); (f) English Learner Education State Grants (title III, part A); (g) 21st Century Community Learning Centers (title IV, part B); and (h) Indian Education Formula Grants (title VII, part A).

  • Note: State-administered ESEA formula grant programs are the programs identified in paragraphs (a)-(g) of the definition of ESEA formula grant program. If an applicant chooses the Indian Education Formula Grants program (title VII, part A), which makes direct grants to LEAs, it must also choose at least one State-administered program listed in (a)-(g), as required by paragraph (b) of the Schools and ESEA Formula Grant Programs Included in Project requirement. Applicants can still choose SEA- or LEA-type functions for the State-administered ESEA formula grant.

  • LEA-type function means the type of activity that LEAs typically conduct, such as direct provision of educational services to students, grant implementation, school district curriculum development, staff professional development pursuant to State guidelines, and data submissions.

  • SEA-type function means the type of activity that SEAs typically conduct, such as overall education policy development, supervision and monitoring of school districts, provision of technical assistance to districts, statewide curriculum development, collecting and analyzing performance data, and evaluating programs.

  • Tribal educational agency (TEA) means the agency, department, or instrumentality of an eligible Indian tribe that is primarily responsible for supporting tribal students’ elementary and secondary education, which may include early learning.

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Last Modified: 05/12/2015