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Integrated Digital English Acceleration (IDEA) Technology Expansion Grant

Grant Overview

In collaboration with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) project built on the success of the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) initiative.

The I-DEA technology expansion grant makes it possible for current Washington state community and technical colleges and CBO providers to engage additional cohorts of adult learners in I-DEA instruction at all college and CBO sites across the state, directly improving instruction for low-level English language learners. The program will target learners at the lowest three levels of English Language Acquisition (ELA) and serve as an “on-ramp” to prepare students for entry into career and college pathways programs such as I-BEST, HS 21+, High School Completion, and High School Equivalency.

The 2016-17 I-DEA Technology Expansion Grant application is open to currently approved BEdA providers funded by the SBCTC Basic Education for Adults who will offer additional class sections using the full I-DEA model with the technology purchased with these grant funds. 


Jodi Ruback
Program Administrator, BEdA



Important dates

 Milestones Key Dates
Application available July 2016
Application deadline Continuous through April 30, 2018
Applicants notified Approximately two weeks after application submission
Grants begin Approximately two weeks after grant approval
Grants end June 30, 2018
Final invoices due  July 16, 2018

Grant Program Guidelines

The following documents provide detailed information about how grant funds can be used, who can apply, the application process and deadlines.

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