We provide federal grant proposal writing and grant evaluation services to institutions of higher education (IHEs), state education agencies (SEAs), and local educational agencies (LEAs) including school districts, and charter schools. We offer expert guidance in negotiating successful grant applications, evaluation services, and professional development for teachers, teacher leaders, and teacher educators in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs.

Dr. Candace Kelly-Hodge is a grant writer, Peer Review Consultant for GEAR UP 4 LA, Race to the Top, the National Science Foundation, and National PD Programs. She is currently a Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Rossier School of Education, USC.

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Dr. Adelina Alegria is an expert in Mathematics and Science teacher education. She is the PI and Director of The Oxy MS Teaching Scholars Program, a Noyce Scholars grant, the National Science Foundation. She is the Interim Chair and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Education at Occidental College.


Race To The Top Consultants
At the Federal Level

The purpose of the Race to the Top Fund, a competitive grant program authorized under the American recovery and reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), is to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform; achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, including making substantial gains in student achievement, closing achievement gaps, improving high school graduation rates, and ensuring student preparation for success in college and careers; and implementing ambitious plans in four core education reform areas:  (a) adopting rigorous college- and career-ready standards and high-quality assessments; (b) establishing data systems and using data for improvement; (c) increasing teacher effectiveness and equitable distribution of effective teachers; and (d) turning around the lowest-performing schools. (Federal Register, Vol. 75,  No 71, April 2010).

An early childhood care and learning authorization was added to ARRA.  Also, the Congress passed an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2012 that includes an additional $550 million for Race to the Top. The bill includes language that will allow the Department to create a district-level competition and continue the investment in the Early Learning Challenge.