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FY 2020 Education Stabilization Fund - Rethink K-12 Education Models grant program (ESF-REM) Call for Peer Reviewers

The Department of Education is seeking peer reviewers for its FY 2020 Education Stabilization Fund-Rethink K-12 Education Models (ESF-REM) discretionary grant competition.


The Education Stabilization Fund-Rethink K-12 Education Models (ESF-REM) discretionary grant program is a new funding opportunity designed to help States address the impact of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on educational services across the Nation. The purpose of the ESF-REM Grants program is to provide support through discretionary grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) in States with the highest coronavirus burden to address specific educational needs of students, their parents, and teachers in public and non-public elementary and secondary schools in accordance with section 18001(a)(3) of the CARES Act.


State educational agencies will propose projects that: (1) provide funding through microgrants so parents can meet the educational needs of their school-age children through increased access to high-quality remote learning; (2) develop and/or expand high-quality course-access programs or statewide virtual school; or (3) demonstrates a rationale to address the specific educational needs of their States, as related to remote learning. Thus, the Department seeks peer reviewers with a range of experience, education, and background including, but not limited to: remote learning; State education administration and curriculum for remote learning; and parent involvement to support remote learning.


Peer reviewers will independently read, score, and provide written comments for grant applications. The application review will be conducted electronically from the reviewer’s location in early July 2020.  Peer reviewers will receive an honorarium. If you are interested, please read the attached ESF-REM Call for Peer Reviewers for additional information and instructions. The deadline to submit your credentials to be considered to serve as a peer reviewer for the ESF-REM competition is June 12, 2020. You can access more information about ESF-REM through the following link:


[Note:  The information above was forwarded to NAESPA by Patrick Rooney, Director of ED's School Support and Accountability Office.]

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.