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Next Generation Learning Challenges Seeks Proposals for Wave III



Second Funding Cycle for Next Generation Learning Challenges

$12 Million Grant Competition is Now Open 

When we launched Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) last year, we pledged to identify and scale evidence-based, technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion. With two full waves of funding behind us, and a third underway, we are incredibly enthusiastic about the innovative work we are seeing around the country. However, much remains to be done if promising solutions are to be implemented and scaled at the pace needed to successfully address the nation’s college readiness and completion issues. 

NGLC’s third wave of funding, totaling $12 million, is seeking comprehensive, breakthrough models that fundamentally change the way education is designed and delivered across secondary and postsecondary institutions. Wave III seeks solutions that apply technology to personalize students’ learning experiences, thereby improving the speed and depth by which they develop and master critical knowledge and skills. This is an important grant opportunity, and more information is available at http://www.nextgenlearning.org/.

The Wave III Challenge: Breakthrough Models for College Readiness and Completion

The emphasis for Wave III is on whole school models and complete degree programs that significantly reorganize the learning process and redefine student experiences.

Wave III includes two separate Requests for Proposals. The first round of applications, submitted in November, produced some very compelling examples, a clear demonstration that the field is ready to respond to the high bar for transformational change we set in the Wave III RFPs. There are two remaining opportunities to submit proposals.

Wave IIIa: Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness

This request for proposals seeks both district and charter school innovators who recognize the potential of technology-enabled models to catalyze transformative change and who plan to launch new, scalable whole-school models that combine the best aspects of brick-and-mortar and online learning to result in more personalized, mastery-based, blended learning. Applicants looking to open new schools serving students in grades 6-12 are eligible to apply.  


Wave IIIb: Breakthrough Models for College Completion

This request for proposals seeks to identify innovations that stimulate the development of new, next-generation online and blended programs that lead to high-quality, affordable associate’s or bachelor’s degrees. Accredited public, private nonprofit, or for-profit institutions of higher education, or coalitions or consortia of higher education institutions, are eligible to apply.


Key Application Dates

Submission Date

2nd Phase Notification

Winners Notified

Models Should Open In

February 9, 2012

March 9, 2012

May 31, 2012

Fall 2012 or Fall 2013

June 8, 2012

July 8, 2012

September 30,  2012

Fall 2013

More information is available by visiting the NGLC website.

Program Officer Chats

Additionally, NGLC is offering two program officer chats where interested parties will have the opportunity to ask NGLC staff questions related to the RFPs. The first chat, Wave IIIa: Breakthrough School Models for College Readiness, was held December 13, 2011. 

The second chat, Wave IIIb: Breakthrough Models for College Completion, will be held December 15, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Both chats will be archived and available for viewing on the NGLC Archived Events page. For more information, visit the Events page.

For more information, contact Stella Perez, perez@league.org.

Posted by The League for Innovation in the Community College on 12/13/2011 at 9:32 AM | Categories: Projects -