Updates from NoVo

Apply now: Grants for SEL projects now available

NoVo Foundation is committed to supporting the spread of social and emotional learning (SEL) practices in schools and districts nationwide. We know practitioners have some of the most inspiring, effective and innovative ideas in the field. NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades PK-12. Whether you have an idea for a new initiative or want to expand or continue an existing project, we want to hear from you.For the 2019-20 school year, we are inviting applications from two applicant pools:

  • Individual teachers or teams of teachers seeking to implement SEL initiatives in your classroom or school in the 2019-2020 school year, and
  • District-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide and/or across multiple schools within one district (including a charter network).

Grant awards for teacher-led projects will be a maximum of $5,000 each. District-level grant awards will be a maximum of $25,000 each. For the first time, we will also award a small, select number of two-year grants. Find more details in the RFP document below.

Applications will be accepted February 4 through March 22. Apply online here.

After creating a free account, you can log in, review all application questions, draft your responses, and save your work as you go. You can also log out and return to the application at any time prior to the application deadline.

We seek applications that will create places, environments and practices that value belonging, well-being, tolerance, compassion, listening, non-violence, inclusiveness, working productively together, and restoring relationships and repairing harm. NoVo seeks a change from a world based on domination towards collaboration and partnership, and understands that this has to be valued, taught and modeled to and with children in order to make this shift a possibility.

Though all proposals are welcome, we are also seeking proposals that specifically support one or more of the following student populations:

  • Students from indigenous communities
  • New arrivals (such as refugees) or immigrants
  • English learners
  • LGBTQIA+ students
  • Girls and young women of color
  • Students disproportionately affected by suspensions or the juvenile justice system
  • Students with learning disabilities

We will give priority to projects that:

  • Are focused primarily on student outcomes (as opposed to only adult outcomes)
  • Are original and innovative, and build off of existing evidence-based practices or the science of learning
  • Bring an orientation and analysis of racial and/or social justice
  • Serve students within a high-needs school
  • Are able to be implemented during the 2019-20 school year
  • Are sustainable
  • Demonstrate principal, school/district leader and peer educator support
  • Bring an orientation and analysis of racial and/or gender justice
  • Are rooted in values of social justice
  • Consider trauma informed practices, implicit bias and culturally responsive approaches to teaching
  • Are creating alternative and restorative practices of accountability

A complete list of eligibility requirements and selection criteria are available on the RFP and FAQ documents at the bottom of this page.

No applications will be accepted after 11:59 pm Pacific time on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Please send any additional questions about the RFP or application process to InnovationAwards@education-first.com.

Innovation Awards 2019 RFP

Innovation Awards 2019 FAQ

2018 Summary: In our third year, we received over 1,000 applications from more than 45 states. Through a competitive process, 12% of applicants were selected, 90 teachers and 34 districts. Read more about the teacher award-winning projects here. Read more about the district award-winning projects here. You can also view these project descriptions using an interactive search at this site: http://selforteachers.org/2018-innovation-awards/.

2017 Summary: In our second year, we received over 800 applications from more than 40 states. 2017 was the first year we awarded district-level grants. Through a competitive process, 12% of applicants were selected, 67 teachers and 30 districts, with the complete list of selected awardees available here. We created a book to celebrate the achievements of these grantees, which can be found here: http://selforteachers.org/2017-resources/.

2016 Summary: In our first year, we received a total of 430 teacher applications from 164 districts in 34 states. In August 2016, Education First announced 25 innovation awards to individual teachers and teams of teachers in 14 states. Find the list of 2016 recipients and descriptions of their projects here.

For more information about our support of SEL, see our SEL Teacher Practice website and publications Social and Emotional Learning: Looking Back, Aiming Forward and Social and Emotional Learning: Why Students Need It. What Districts are Doing About It.