Educational Leadership Excellence Scholarships

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The NDDPI will be awarding leadership scholarships designed specifically to meet the personalized needs of school administrators across the state. 

Education leaders will be able to select from a menu of opportunities provided throughout 2019-2020 to attend a program or training opportunity that directly supports the identified needs of a school or district leader.

*Disclaimer: To be considered for the scholarship, all applications and documentation of successful completion must be submitted to the NDDPI by June 1, 2020. Funds are contingent upon availability. Once all funds are depleted, there is no guarantee that all applicants will be reimbursed. 

Please contact the Office of School Approval & Opportunity at (701) 328-2755 for more information. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the scholarship? 

  • Any practicing Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Principal, Assistant principal, Special Education Director or Assistant Special Director can apply for the scholarship.

How much is the scholarship worth? 

  • Each scholarship application is worth $500.

Who gets reimbursed? 

  • Depending on who submitted the application. If an individual submitted, then they would get reimbursed. If the application was submitted through a district, the district would be reimbursed.

Do conferences and standalone workshops count?

  • Professional development means activities that are an integral part of school and local education agency strategies for providing education leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenging Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) to help students graduate with a well-rounded, robust education.  The training must be sustained, intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, and academically focused. In the context of these scholarship funds, professional development does not include standalone workshops or conferences. 

Can Assistant Superintendents, Assistant Principals, and Assistant Special Education Directors apply for the scholarship? 

  • Yes. Assistant Superintendents, Assistant Principals, and Assistant Special Education Directors are also eligible for the scholarship. 

Information for Scholarship Applicants

*Note: All applicants who are approved for this scholarship must register as a vendor with the State of North Dakota in order for payments to be disbursed. 

Application for Selection of Approved Providers for Leadership Excellence Scholarship

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI), invites you to submit an application for selection of approved providers for Leadership Excellence Scholarships. The NDDPI will use objective criteria specified within to review proposals and will prepare a list of the selected approved applicants for Leadership Excellence Scholarship. The list will be used by North Dakota local educational agencies (LEAs).

A.  Program Summary

The NDDPI is pleased to offer funding support for existing and upcoming leadership professional development opportunities designed specifically to meet the individual needs of school leaders across the state. Scholarships for these opportunities are being provided to North Dakota superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, special education unit directors, and assistant special education unit directors through the availability of $200,000 in state funds provided to the NDDPI through the 66th Legislative Assembly, as well as $120,000 in the NDDPI federal Title II-A state set-aside funds.  

B.  North Dakota Department of Public Instructions Intent

It is the intent of the NDDPI to select applicants who can provide this type of service and that are approved by the NDDPI. The NDDPI will provide the approved Leadership Excellence Scholarship providers list to schools and LEAs. Acceptance into the list pool is NOT a guarantee of work. 

C.  Provider Application Requirements  

Potential providers must articulate how they will meet these requirements:

  1. Provide summary of experience and effectiveness in educational leadership or training of educational leaders; 
  2. Professional development activities are an integral part of the school and (LEA) strategy for providing education leaders with knowledge and skills;
  3. Professional development meets the challenging Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) to help students graduate with a well-rounded, robust education;
  4. Professional development provided is sustained, intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, and academically focused; 
  5. Document evidence of participant learning including participant outcomes; and
  6. Implement interim check-ins and communication with scholarship recipients.

Note: In the context of these scholarship funds, professional development does not include stand-alone workshops or conferences.

D.  Contact Information

The director of the Office of School Approval & Opportunity is the point of contact for this application process.  Applicants can submit an application to:  

Submit to:
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Office of School Approval & Opportunity
Director, SAO
Phone (701) 328-2755

E.  Application Schedule

Providers may apply at any time. 

F.  Application Scoring Methodology

All applications will be scored on a 100-point basis using the evaluation questions below:

  1. How well did the offeror describe prior experience and effectiveness in educational leadership or training of educational leaders?
  2. Did the offeror clearly articulate what professional development activities they would offer to provide LEAs with knowledge and skills in the leadership area?
  3. Does the offeror’s proposed professional development leadership training meet the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) to help students graduate with a well-rounded, robust education?
  4. Has the offeror shown how their professional development leadership training meets the requirements to be sustained, intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, and academically focused?
  5. Does the offeror’s proposed evidence of participant learning include data that will be used to show participant outcomes (not just a sign-in sheet for training attendance).
  6. How well does the offeror address how they will implement interim check-ins and communication with scholarship recipients?
Information for Leadership Professional Development Provider List

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) is pleased to announce funding support for existing and upcoming leadership professional development opportunities designed specifically to meet the individual needs of school leaders across the state. Scholarships for these opportunities are being provided through the availability of $200,000 in state funds provided to NDDPI through the 66th Legislative Assembly and $120,000 in NDDPI’s federal Title II-A state set-aside funds. 

Professional development means activities that are an integral part of school and local education agency strategies for providing education leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenging Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) to help students graduate with a well-rounded, robust education. 

Important Training Information

The training must be sustained, intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, and academically focused. In the context of these scholarship funds, professional development does not include stand-alone workshops or conferences.

Who can apply

NDDPI intends to provide a $500 reimbursement scholarship to any superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, special education director, or assistant special education director. This scholarship will be paid upon successful completion of an approved course. 

Application for Selection of Approved Providers for Leadership Excellence Scholarship

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