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February 18, 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022
Contents of this DPI Biweekly Mailing:

1. DWD’s Youth Apprenticeship Local Grant - Letter of Intent Due February 18

Please see the following announcement from the Department of Workforce Development regarding the 2022-23 Youth Apprenticeship Program opportunity.

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is currently accepting applications for the 2022-23 Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Local Grants Program to sustain and expand statewide efforts. Funding under this RFP is available to local consortiums which mutually implement and coordinate a YA program via a local consortium steering committee. Eligibility and application materials can be found at

A Letter of Intent to Apply should be sent as a .docx file and can be emailed to with the subject: Letter of Intent by February 18, 2022. The Letter of Intent should state the intent of the proposer to participate in the process and their acceptance of the RFP evaluation criteria, process, and the instructions of the RFP. The letter should also include the consortium name and the name, complete address, phone number, and fax number of a designated individual to whom any correspondence/addendums should be sent.

School districts that are interested in applying should make sure that they are not currently affiliated with a Youth Apprenticeship Consortium by searching for their school district at

A 2022-23 Request for Proposal (RFP) Bidders Webinar was posted on February 4, 2022. The purpose of this webinar is to explain the 2022-23 RFP. The webinar recording can be found at

The deadline to submit completed applications is Friday, April 1, 2022.

Please direct questions regarding the application process to Youth Apprenticeship staff at

2. Pre-service and Student Teaching Request

The Department of Public Instruction seeks your assistance in ensuring students in educator preparation programs can complete their programs, which require pre-service and student teaching experiences.

Educator preparation programs are experiencing challenges in placing students next semester. If you are able to provide a pre-service or student teaching experience, please reach out to an approved educator preparation program ( or, alternatively, fill out this short contact form ( The results from the form will be shared with educator preparation programs who will reach out in the event they are interested in placing a student in your school district.

The department understands this request comes at a difficult time given the impact of COVID-19. Thank you for any help and support you can provide in ensuring students can complete their programs.  

3. P-EBT Program

Concerning the P-EBT program, important changes were introduced in a bulletin sent from DHS in December. Attendance as submitted by schools to WISEdata will not be used for 2021-22 P-EBT. As such, schools may need to track additional information. Please note that schools will be the source for the data concerning eligibility, days spent learning from home, and days absent for a COVID-related reason. A school day for an individual student should be counted either as a COVID-related absence or a day spent learning from home, but not both. For general and COVID-19 attendance recommendations, please consult the DPI website, and email with any questions.