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Fractured Prism

Welcome to the Fractured Prism. This is my domain (I love the sound of that, kind of like my kingdom), where I will share reflections of the many facets of my life. At the very least, I am a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, homemaker, teacher, counselor, and grant writer. Through the years, I have been professionally cut and polished or just accidental fractured into thousands of pieces and have thoughts about them all. I have found that I am writing for many reasons but mostly to share my small bits of wisdom. Come back often because each reflection will be different. My ultimate goal is to have a place where grant writers, grant reviewers and funders can network. So if you are into grant writing or grant reviewing please leave your name and email. Linda Beason

Peer Reviews

The peer review section is provided for those who are interested in being peer reviewers. I am not sure that all the contact information is current but you can always call the office and get current information.

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Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) Review

Seeking reviewers to evaluate grant applications for the 2017 grant application cycle.

Selected application reviewers’ work will run approximately six weeks between May and June, 2017. A mandatory training webinar will take place in late April. Reviewers will be organized into teams of 3 and follow a pre-set scoring rubric. Individuals will review 10 to 15 proposals, each requiring 1 to 3 hours to complete, and participate in an online group review to reach a consensus score and summary comments.

If you are interested in participating this year please send your resume  and attached forms (Reviewer Application Form and Conflict of Interests)  to by March 20th, 2017.

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Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Reviews

The OVW has several reviews going on this year.  In order to participate, your contact information must be up to date in the OVW Peer Reviewer Database (OVW PRD).  Please create or check your profile in the OVW Peer Reviewer Database (OVW PRD) at

In order to be considered for FY17 assignments, you will need to update or verify your profile, complete all required fields, and make sure that your resume has been pasted into the resume text field.

When you have completed reviewing and updating your profile, click “Save.”  Then go to the “Enrollment Status” page and click the “Profile Verified for Accuracy” button located at the bottom of the page.

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High School Equivalency Program (HEP) & College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)Review

May be too late for this one but doesn’t hurt to try.

Purpose of Programs:  The purposes of HEP are to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family: (1) Obtain a general education diploma that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency (HSE) established by the State in which the HEP project is conducted; and (2) gain employment or be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education or training. The purpose of CAMP is to provide academic and financial support to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family complete their first year of college and continue in postsecondary education.

These peer reviews will be conducted remotely and all facets of the reviews will be handled via email, the Internet and conference call.  It is imperative that all panelists be available to read their assigned applications, enter evaluative comments and scores in the G5 system, and participate in panel conference call discussions during the March 22 – 29, 2017 time period.  The panel review will officially conclude on March 29, 2017.

Respond with your interest and availability to participate at:

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2017 Upward Bound Math/Science Review

Probably too late for this one as it is already set for April but they are always needing new reviewers.

How to Apply to Serve as a Peer Reviewer:

Individuals interested in reviewing applications for UB and UBMS must complete the peer reviewer prerequisites by October 12, 2016. Individuals that do not complete the prerequisite process will not be considered for panel assignments. To complete the prerequisites please follow the steps below:

  1. Visit and log in to to complete your reader profile and availability.
  2. Next, review and acknowledge the role and level of commitment of a peer reviewer.
  3. Finally, view the Department of Education G5 PowerPoint presentation and verify you are a registered G5 user.

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Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL) Review

On December 20, 2016 the United States Department of Education (USDE) launched the inaugural grant competition of the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL).  The TSL program is a new discretionary program at the Department that builds upon the former Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant program.  The program aims to support efforts of local educational agencies (LEAs) and States to focus on use and improvements in human capital management systems (HCMSs) and sustainable performance-based compensation systems (PBCSs), especially in high-need schools.  Its ultimate goal is to increase the effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders thereby increasing student achievement.

There is an information form for prospective peer reviewers and panel moderators that must be completed and submitted before you can be considered.  If you are interested in participating as a peer reviewer or panel moderator, please submit a copy of your resume (no more than 5 pages) and the completed information form to by no later than March 31, 2017.   Applicants will be notified by no later than April 30, 2017 of whether they have been selected.  For more information about the TSL program visit and contact for form or if you have any questions.

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Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Review

The FY2017 Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Competition Call for Peer Reviewers is live at

Your help in disseminating this opportunity amongst your circles of influence would be greatly appreciated. Please note the new close date for this announcement is COB, Friday, March 17.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please feel free to contact Justis Tuia at or 1-202-453-6654.

Call for Peer Reviewers

The Department encourages individuals from various backgrounds and professions with content expertise to apply to be a peer reviewer for the FY 2017 Magnet Schools Assistance Program Competition. If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, please see the FY 2017 Call for Peer Reviewers, which describes the necessary qualifications. Serving as a peer reviewer for the FY 2017 MSAP Competition does require travel to Washington, DC for application panel review. If you meet the necessary qualifications, please complete and submit the Peer Reviewer Information Checklist along with either your resume or curriculum vitae to

The FY 2017 Peer Review is currently planned as an onsite review to be held in Washington, DC in mid/late- May. Please see the FY 2017 Call for Peer Reviewers for more information.

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Back to Blogging!

At a recent review, a friend asked me to start blogging again (and he said he would too, so promises made!).  I am going to try to at least put up some new reviews.  Many things have changed and I probably am going to have more time at home.  Going to post some new reviews today!

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2015 Student Support Services grant review will be big!!!

The Department of Education anticipates about 2000 applications for the Student Support Services Program.  Review will probably be in Jan or Feb of 2015.  They will need many reviewers and about one-third will have to be new reviewers.  This is great place to get started if you are interested in reviewing.   Go to this site to apply to review to be a reviewer.  It is for 2014 but will get you on mailing list for 2015.

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Hurricanes, Fires, Bombs…the review must go on!!!

Grant reviewing season is winding down and I finally have a little free time to get back to blogging.  It was quite a year as I did many reviews for different departments and spent a lot of time in one of my favorite places —Washington DC.  As a reviewer this year, I survived fire drills, bomb threats and hurricanes but all with good friends and fellow reviewers that I have met through the years.   It was not easy work as I think reviewing gets harder each year.  In order to get the money to the right applicants, the funders ask for more and more creditability (and rightly so).  The criteria for each competition grows as do the Competitive Priorities.  However, reviewing is still one of my favorite pasttimes…love the challenge of getting the money to the most deserving!

One of my favorite reviews this year was the Promise Neighborhood.  This review had sufficient time for careful reviewing, was extremely well-organized, paid well and over all provided a good environment for working.  The staff was very respectful of reviewers.  Clearly one of my top rated reviews!

Going to start searching for upcoming reviews…let me know if you find any new reviews.


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2012 Call for Charter Schools Program Peer Reviewers

The Charter Schools Program (CSP) at the U.S. Department of Education is seeking peer reviewers (field readers) to read and evaluate discretionary grant applications submitted under the program’s discretionary grant competitions.  Serving as a peer reviewer is an excellent opportunity to contribute to our country’s education reform efforts by ensuring the effective allocation of federal grant funds to the most promising grant projects.

The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model and to expand the number of high quality charter schools available to students across the nation.  The CSP provides financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of public charter schools; evaluation of the effects of charter schools; and dissemination of information about charter schools and successful practices in charter schools.

Qualifications: The CSP is seeking peer reviewers with expertise in at least one of the following areas:

  • State Educational Agency (SEA) charter school program grant administration
  • Charter management organizations
  • Charter school planning, program design, and implementation
  • High-quality charter school start-up and expansion
  • Charter school assessment and evaluation
  • Charter school policy and research
  • Charter school authorizing
  • Charter school technical assistance and resources
  • Charter school leadership and professional development
  • Charter school administration and operation

How to Apply: If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer for the CSP, please email a copy of your current resume or vitae to  Your resume should clearly address your charter school background or expertise.

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