The U.S. Department of Education’s Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) program supports the implementation of high-quality professional development model programs in K-12 education for music, dance, drama, media arts or visual arts educators.

Applications must be initiated by a local education agency, but projects may include partnerships with arts organizations. Programs must focus on the development, enhancement, or expansion of standards-based arts education programs; or the integration of arts instruction into other subject area content. The program requires that participating schools must have student populations in which at least 50% are from low-income families (Title I). If your orchestra partners with schools to provide professional development for teachers, consider bringing this grant program to the attention of your school system. 

The U.S. Department of Education granted 17 new awards in the FY14 Professional Development for Arts Educators Program competition.

The PDAE competition is currently inviting applications for new FY17 awards. It is requested that prospective applicants submit a notice of intent to apply by April 27, 2017 but that is not a requirement. The application deadline is May 30, 2017.

Applicant Info and Eligibility                       

Previously Funded Professional Development Projects