Apply to Serve as an i3 Peer Reviewer

The Investing in Innovation (i3) competition is one of the U.S. Department of Education’s signature initiatives. The i3 program currently supports 72 grantees across the country, and the Department has just announced a new competition for i3 applicants (please see for more information on the newly announced i3 grant competition).

Selecting the winning i3 applicants is integral to the overall success of the program, and we are hopeful that you might be able to lend your time and expertise to this endeavor. All i3 grantees are selected through a rigorous peer review process.  The Department is currently seeking reviewers with expertise in one or more of the following Absolute Priorities, or in education evaluation, for the recently announced 2012 i3 competition:

1.       Supporting Effective Teachers and Principals

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

3.       Improving Parent and Family Engagement (this is a new priority for the i3 competition this year)

4.       Implementing Standards and Assessments

5.       Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

6.       Improving Achievement in Rural LEA’s


Education Research and Evaluation

Please note that while it is essential that you have subject-matter expertise in at least one of the aforementioned Absolute Priorities, it is not necessary to have expertise in multiple areas listed above.

In addition, the Department is seeking reviewers with experience in:

  1. Innovation
  2. Growth and Scaling Programs/Organizations
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Grant Making and/or Oversight

Selected reviewers will receive a stipend and will work remotely on a part-time basis. Reviewers must be available for at least one of the following time periods:

  • Approximately late April to late May (not full-time); and/or
  • Approximately mid-June to late July (not full-time); and/or
  • Approximately mid-August to mid-September (not full-time).

To apply to be an i3 peer reviewer, please follow the instructions in the Registering in G5 for i3 Peer Reviewers PowerPoint posted on You will be asked to register and submit your resume. When the system prompts you for your areas of specialization, please ensure you select at least one of the i3 Absolute Priorities: teacher/principal effectiveness, STEM education, standards/assessments, parent/family engagement, school turnarounds and/or rural achievement.

Please share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in being peer reviewer for i3. Having a diverse, experienced and knowledgeable pool of peer reviewers is critical to the i3 competition and the Department’s overall efforts to enhance the implementation of leading practices that produce meaningful results for our neediest students, and we strongly encourage all interested peer reviewers to apply. The deadline for applying to be a peer reviewer is Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at .


i3 Team

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