Due Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 5PM
The Oakland Teacher Retention Grant Program was designed by Oakland teachers for Oakland teachers to put resources directly in their hands to develop innovative approaches to job satisfaction and teacher retention at their school sites.
The Oakland Teacher Retention Grant proposals are due by 5 pm on May 4, 2018. Grant teams may submit applications at any point leading up to that date. Grant decisions will be announced by May 23.
Whether you know you definitely want to apply, or aren’t sure yet but are interested, fill out this short interest form (optional). Once you fill out the form, we will send you reminders about grant deadlines and supports offered by Educate78.
A great place to start your retention project is by reviewing your school’s Gallup Teacher Engagement Survey results. In February 2018, over 1,200 Oakland teachers – from both district-run and charter-run schools – participated in this research-based survey. The survey assesses the level of teacher engagement across 12 key dimensions. Schools with a sufficient number of survey respondents will receive a customized report on March 22nd; the report gives teachers and principals actionable information to improve teacher engagement and retention at their sites. If you do not have your school’s report, please ask your principal.
Educate78 has created an easy-to-use, step-by-step toolkit to help schools interpret their results and take action – click here to access the toolkit. While using the toolkit is very helpful, it is not a prerequisite to apply for a teacher retention grant. We have also compiled a list of some partner organizations that are working with Oakland schools. Applicants may connect with these organizations directly if you they think they may be able to help with your retention project.
Register for these optional (but strongly recommended) sessions:
See below for more details on the workshops.
Applications are due 5 pm on May 4, 2018. Grant decisions will be announced by May 23rd. There are two applications; please select the one that applies to you:
Application period opens
Grant Proposal Writing Office Hours, 5-7 pm
Grant Proposal Writing Office Hours, 11am-1pm
Workshop: Designing an Effective Teacher Retention Project: 5-8 pm
Grant Proposal Writing Office Hours, 5-7 pm
Grant applications due
We intend this grant development process to support meaningful reflection and planning and to not be overly burdensome to complete. If you have a great idea that will improve teacher satisfaction and retention at your school site, we want to support you to plan a strong grant project and to write a strong grant proposal.
We are thrilled to offer free workshops and office hours to support you!
Good food included!
Date and time: Thursday, April 19: 5 pm to 8 pm
Location: Impact Hub, 2323 Broadway
Year 1 grantees (i.e., those who are NOT current grantees):
(i.e., those who are current grantees and wish to continue their grant)
Grant award decisions will be made by a Selection Committee of Oakland public school teachers, school leaders, and citywide talent leaders by May 23, 2018.
Teacher teams can apply for one of three tiers of funding to implement their school-level retention strategy.
Tier 1: $1,000 – $5,000
Tier 2: $5,000 – $10,000
Tier 3: $10,000 – $20,000
There are many factors that will increase your retention project’s success. In our experience, the most important of those factors are:
Although each retention project should be tailored to each school, here are a few ideas to spark your thinking from current grantees:
Great teachers are essential to prepare our students for success in college, career, and life. Yet as a city, Oakland loses 1 in 5 of our teachers every year. This retention has a negative impact on our students’ learning. And it’s expensive: about $15,000 to replace a teacher in recruiting, onboarding, and training costs. These resources could be spent on teacher training, classroom supplies, or more competitive compensation to bolster the satisfaction and effectiveness of our city’s educators.
Research suggests that many factors contribute to teacher turnover – preparation, new teacher mentoring, compensation, working conditions, school leadership, autonomy, access to career pathways, to name some of the most widely cited.
We believe Oakland teachers know best what will increase their job satisfaction and retention in their schools and are uniquely positioned to design and pilot solutions to do so.
 “How teacher turnover harms student achievement,” Matthew Ronfeldt, Susanna Loeb, Jim Wyckoff, March 2012.
 “Recruiting and Retaining Teachers: What Matters Most and What Government Can Do,” Linda Darling Hammond
 “Who Stays in Teaching and Why: A Review of the Literature on Teacher Retention,” Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2005; “Greenhouse Schools: How Schools Can Build Cultures Where Students and Teachers Thrive,” TNTP, March 2012; “Recruiting and Retaining Teachers: What Matters Most and What Government Can Do,” Linda Darling Hammond, Accessed 4/26/16.
First step is to fill out the Interest Form and we will email you the application link and support offerings! Or if you’re ready to start:
This depends, but in general we recommend reading through the entire application before beginning, and allotting a bit more time than you think it’ll take! You may attend the free workshop and office hours to help write your application.
We’ve tried to make the application as easy as possible to complete, while also gathering enough information that will help us make a well-informed grant decision.
For new grantees, those unfamiliar with managing grants, we’ll schedule 2 check-ins over the first 3 months of the school year. For other grantees, we’ll schedule a fall and spring check-in. Generally, we encourage grantees to reach out to us to share successes and work through challenges so that your grant project is as successful as possible! For example, we may be able to make introductions or point you toward best practices.
Depending on interest among grantees, we may also pair “like” schools to share best practices or challenges
If this happens, please contact us and we’ll discuss how to ensure your project meets your school’s current needs.
Your project should address your school’s true retention needs, and may focus on either all teacher or a sub-set of teachers. That said, we are inspired by the TNTP report titled , which makes the case for focusing retention efforts on “irreplaceable” teachers.
Yes. The Gallup Teacher Engagement Survey notes the importance of “materials and equipment” for employee engagement. However, applicants must make a linkage between “materials and equipment” as a root cause of teacher engagement/retention. Further, if applicants request to use funds for materials and equipment, their projects must also include components that go beyond supplying teachers with materials and equipment.
We want schools to use their grant award wisely. If it turns out that it’s best to use parts of the award during the 19-20 school year, simply contact Educate78 and we’ll talk about whether this is a good idea.
We will provide this information once grants are awarded. If you have a specific question or concern, simply contact us.