From the Federal Register:
Applications for New Awards; Skills for Success Program
Purpose of Program: The Skills for Success Program supports Local Educational Agencies  (LEAs) and their partners in implementing, evaluating, and refining tools and approaches for developing the non-cognitive skills of middle-grades students in order to increase student success. Grants provide funding for the implementation, evaluation, and refinement of existing tools and approaches (e.g., digital games, growth mindset classroom activities, experiential learning opportunities) that integrate the development of students’ non-cognitive skills into classroom-level activities and existing strategies designed to improve schools. As grantees implement their projects, we expect them to collect, analyze, and use data to improve their tools and strategies throughout the project period. Ultimately, we expect grantees to identify and validate scalable tools and approaches that can be used by educators of high-need middle-grades students across the country. In addition, we expect that these grants will help build the capacity of LEAs and their partners to conduct research and apply that research to school- and district-level practices. This program also encourages sustainable partnerships that can continue the use of effective tools and approaches beyond the grant period.
Estimated Available Funds:$2,000,000.
Estimated Range of Awards:$400,000-600,000 per year.
Estimated Average Size of Awards:$500,000 per year.
Estimated Number of Awards: 4-5.
While it seems the federal government is finally moving in the right direction in the battle to change education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing and directing the gifts and talents of all children, it is nonsensical to believe that only middle grade school children deserve the opportunity to develop their non-cognitive skills.
Non-cognitive skills are constantly being developed from birth and are only ignored after entering our current system of education.
For our government to ignore these skills until our children reach the middle grades is nothing more than an effort to placate the growing number of individuals who are beginning to oppose the dehumanizing, discriminatory and segregationist policies and procedures of the current system of education.
All of our children deserve a developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential education.
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