Professional Development for Arts Educators Program

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 last granted 4 new awards in the FY12 Professional Development for Arts Educators Program competition.

The PDAE competition is currently open. Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the U.S. Department of Education if you intend to submit an application for funding – simply send a short email message by April 17, 2014 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating the applicant’s name and intent to apply. The Deadline to Submit Applications is May 19, 2014. Visit the program web page for more details, including information about a webinar to assist applicants that will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

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Previously Funded Professional Development Projects