Opens First of 2018 Calendar Year
Approved Awardees’ Multi-Year Grant Begins Fiscal Year 2018-19
Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U will be hosting an RFA process for a multi-year grant award period beginning fiscal year 2018-19 (FY18-19). The first program contract period will be July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.
An RFA will be released the first of the calendar in January 2018.
The award funds are made possible by a combination of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funds, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 2014 (WIOA) and Kentucky State General Funds.
KYAE Skills U hosts a website page of helpful WIOA resources, including links to the WIOA law and regulations and OCTAE’s website, KYAE Skills U’s federal governing agency.
Eligible applicants include a(n):
- Local educational agency;
- Community-based organization or faith-based organization;
- Volunteer literacy organization;
- Institution of higher education;
- Public or private nonprofit agency;
- Public housing authority;
- Nonprofit institution that is not described in any of the above AND has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals;
- Consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, libraries, or authorities described above; and
- Partnership between employer and an entity described above.
The following AEFLA Title II Considerations will be thoughtfully reviewed in light of the degree to which the applicant responds to the:
- Regional needs as identified in the local plan under 108; and
- Serving individuals in the community who were identified in such plan as most in need of adult education and literacy activities, including individuals:
- Who have low levels of literacy skills ; or
- Who are English language learners;
- Ability of the applicant to serve eligible individuals with disabilities, including eligible individuals with learning disabilities;
- Past effectiveness of the eligible provider in improving the literacy of eligible
individuals, to meet State-adjusted levels of performance for the primary indicators
of performance described in section 116, especially with respect to eligible individuals
who have low levels of literacy;
- Is of sufficient intensity and quality, and based on the most rigorous research available so that participants achieve substantial learning gains; and
- Uses instructional practices that include the essential components of reading instruction;
- Whether the eligible applicant’s activities, including reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, and English language acquisition instruction delivered by the eligible applicant, are based on the best practices derived from the most rigorous research available and appropriate, including scientifically valid research and effective educational practice;
- Whether the eligible applicant’s activities effectively use technology, services, and delivery systems, including distance education in a manner sufficient to increase the amount and quality of learning and how such technology, services, and systems lead to improved performance;
- Whether the eligible applicant’s activities provide learning in context, including through integrated education and training, so that an individual acquires the skills needed to transition to and complete postsecondary education and training programs, obtain and advance in employment leading to economic self-sufficiency, and to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship;
- Whether the eligible applicant’s activities are delivered by well-trained instructors, counselors, and administrators who meet any minimum qualifications established by the State, where applicable, and who have access to high quality professional development, including through electronic means;
- Whether the eligible applicant’s activities coordinate with other available education, training, and social service resources in the community;
- Whether the eligible applicant’s activities offer flexible schedules and coordination with Federal, State, and local support services (e.g., child care, transportation, etc.) that are necessary to enable individuals, including individuals with disabilities or other special needs, to attend and complete programs;
- Whether the eligible applicant maintains a high-quality information management system that has the capacity to report measurable participant outcomes (consistent with section 116) and to monitor program performance; and
- Whether the local areas in which the eligible applicant is located have a demonstrated need for additional English language acquisition programs and civics education programs.
The above includes any and all information currently available.
KYAE Skills U is not able to respond to individual questions from potential applicants at this time, however a question and answer period will be conducted during the RFA process. Questions and responses will be captured and published on the KYAE Skills U WIOA webpage for public viewing.