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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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Federal Funding Update for Youth Programs – Your Call to Action!

PLEASE READ!!!!  These are wonderful programs that we need to keep.

On Saturday, February 19 the House passed H.R. 1, its funding proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2011.  The House’s proposal includes $100 billion in cuts compared to the President’s FY 2011 budget. The proposal includes zeroing out the following youth programs: Mentoring Children of Prisoners, YouthBuild, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community Grants, Teach for America, and State Grants for Incarcerated Youth.  It also significantly cuts the Corporation for National and Community Service, Juvenile Justice programs, Head Start and 21st Century Learning Centers.

For a complete list of cuts and reductions, you can click here:

The steep cuts set up a potential marathon spending battle with the Senate that, if not resolved by March 4th, could result in the first shut-down of the federal government in more than 20 years. 
What Will Happen Next:
According to Youth Today, “Who delivers the message will also matter. It will likely fall to champions of youth programs in the Senate to hold the line on any spending. ‘The Senate’s going to need to buck up, and it’s our responsibility to help them buck up,’ said Seth Turner, senior director of government affairs for Goodwill Industries. ‘Anybody being quiet is going to get creamed’.”
Since the House passed H.R. 1, focus will now turn toward the Senate. It remains to be seen how the two chambers will reconcile their differences. However, youth organizations must ensure that ALL Members of Congress understand how important it is to protect programs serving at-risk youth.
The National Alliance recommends programs  MAKE A LOT OF NOISE, so Congress understands that current allocations are simply not enough to serve this vulnerable population and to address the effects of the recession.  Additional youth advocacy organizations suggest:
Contact the youth/children staff members in your Representatives’ AND Senators’ Washington, DC offices. Call THIS WEEK.  Use a sample letter or sample talking points as a model. For example, or
If you’ve already called, that’s okay – call again! Now that there is a specific bill passed, you have something to respond to.
Report any responses from you or your networks to your national advocacy groups so your voice is part of many.

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Health Professions and Nursing Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Grant

Agency Name

Health Resources & Services Administration


The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program promotes diversity among health profession students and practitioners by providing scholarships to full-time students with financial need from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the allowable costs (i.e., tuition, reasonable educational expenses and reasonable living expenses), as defined in this funding opportunity announcement.  

Current Closing Date for Applications: Feb 28, 2011   

Link to Full Announcement

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Improving Literacy through School Libraries: FY 2011

The purpose of this program is to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists. 

Eligible Applicants

Public and State controlled institutions of higher education 

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Eligible Applicants: LEAs, including charter schools and State-administered schools that are considered LEAs under State law, in which at least 20 percent of the students served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the U.S. Census Bureau at the time this notice is published. These data are Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for school districts for income year 2009. A list of LEAs with their family poverty rates (based on these Census Bureau data) is posted on our Web site at

Agency Name:  Department of Education

Link to Full Announcement:        Improving Literacy through School Libraries: FY 2011

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