(Thanks to Alan D’Souza)

Through the Investing in Innovation (i3) program, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) supports innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement.  The department is now seeking individuals to serve as peer reviewers for the newly announced FY 2011 i3 grant competition.  

The Call for Peer Reviewers may be found on the i3 website at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/innovation/index.html.

Peer reviewers may come from various backgrounds and professions including: PK-12 teachers and principals, college and university educators, educational evaluators, social entrepreneurs, strategy consultants, grant makers and managers, and others with education expertise.  The selected reviewers must have expertise in at least one of the program’s five absolute priorities or in educational evaluation

i3 Absolute Priorities :      

Supporting Effective Teachers and Principals      

Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Implementing Standards and Assessments

Turning Around Low Performing Schools

Improving Achievement in Rural LEA’s


Educational Evaluation Experience in designing, conducting, and reviewing rigorous educational evaluations, including

Understanding of education research and recent findings of the relevant literature ·      

Knowledge of education data sources and measures of program implementation and outcomes ·      

Expertise with experimental and quasi-experimental research designs ·      

Fluency in reviewing organizational and project evaluation plans and evaluation results 

Additionally, the most qualified candidates will also have expertise in one or more of the following attributes or skills: program or organizational innovation, experience disseminating or scaling successful programs, and prior experience reviewing or approving grant applications. For specific instructions on how to apply, please consult the i3 Call for Peer Reviewers.  The deadline for applying is Friday, July 15.  Reviewers will receive an honorarium for their time and effort.  The review panels will be conducted via phone conference.  No travel is necessary.