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DLA Rules, Terms & Conditions

The Office of Educational Technology (OET) at the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) is announcing the Digital Literacy Accelerator (DLA), funded by the National Education Technology Activities contract (#91990020C0104). The DLA calls upon interested potential DLA participants to design, prototype, pilot, and refine an educational intervention aimed at helping students and other people learn crucial skills related to strengthening digital literacy, particularly around civil discourse and identifying and combating misinformation in digital spaces.

Interested participants may apply here.

The Digital Literacy Accelerator has one overarching goal: find an intervention(s) that has a pathway for improvement and success in the school-driven digital literacy space.

We hope to accomplish this goal through several specific aims:

  • Surface innovative ideas and strategies that support learners in evaluating and combating misinformation and promoting civil discourse in digital spaces, while allowing the most innovative ideas to start a path to success beyond the DLA.
  • Provide diverse teams with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate a “proof of concept” of these ideas, by providing teams with access to convenings, experts, and resources to strengthen their skills in design-thinking and early phase development.
  • Provide tangible early proof points of success in either of two forms: 1) showing signs of promise for school-driven (in-school, after-school, or at-home) interventions or tools that can move the needle on learners’ digital literacy, or 2) key learnings for future iterations for improving skills related to digital literacy.
  • Engage and motivate a diverse cadre of postsecondary students and young professionals to address issues related to digital literacy and pursue work in educational technology.

The DLA will offer participants a hands-on opportunity to iterate on new ideas that can be applied to innovative educational interventions.

Dates

We must receive your submission on or before 5:59:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (ET), October 14, 2021.

The Department will determine timeframes for evaluating submissions , as well as the date that DLA participants will be announced. It is anticipated that the announcement will take place between October 22nd – October 25th, 2021.

Addresses

Submissions should be provided using the entry form provided on the DLA tech.ed.gov/DLA. The Department will respond to entrant questions during the period that the DLA entry form is open. The Department will establish an email box for questions, and provide a timely response. Address questions to: oet_wested@wested.org, using the subject line: “Questions on Digital Literacy Accelerator.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Johnstun, U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20202 or by email: Kevin.Johnstun@ed.gov.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf or a text telephone, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

Definitions

We are establishing the following definitions for the purposes of this Digital Literacy Accelerator:

Digital Literacy: The ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. (https://literacy.ala.org/digital-literacy)

Misinformation: For purposes of this Digital Literacy Accelerator, misinformation will be used as an umbrella term to also encompass three categories: misinformation (information that is false, but not shared with malicious intent), disinformation (false information that is deliberately created or disseminated with the express purpose of causing harm), and mal-information (genuine information that is shared to cause harm, including private or revealing information that is spread to harm a person or reputation). (https://firstdraftnews.org/long-form-article/too-much-information/)

Educational Intervention: A program, curriculum, technology, or tool designed to improve educational outcomes for learners. For the purposes of the Digital Literacy Accelerator interventions could include curricular interventions (e.g., lessons or a game) or non-curricular tools or products (e.g., plug-ins or search tools).

Resources for Entrants

To support entrants in preparing their application, we have collected a set of resources that will help entrants to familiarize themselves with foundational issues related to both digital literacy and design thinking. 

Supplementary Information

I. Administration of DLA

The DLA is being conducted by the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. WestEd, a non-profit education research organization, has been contracted by the Department to assist and support the Department in organizing and managing the DLA. Activities conducted by WestEd may also include providing technical assistance to potential entrants, entrants, and participants.

II. Subject of DLA

Many existing initiatives in both education and industry aim to help students and other people learn crucial skills related to strengthening digital literacy, particularly around civil discourse and identifying and combating mis- and dis-information in digital spaces. However, these interventions vary in their focus purpose ranging from digital citizenship, media literacy, online safety, and digital participation (e.g., protecting passwords, coding, minimizing screen time). With the increase in online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and the use of digital tools, it is helpful for those working with students to have resources that identify best practices in how to teach digital literacy.

Though there are existing initiatives and interventions that focus on digital literacy, the Office of Educational Technology believes there is ample room to innovate and further support this important area through novel interventions.

For this reason, the Department is launching the DLA. This program will providedesign teams across the country with a chance to provide a submission describing an idea for a novel intervention that can improve digital literacy, including combating misinformation and promoting civil discourse. The Department will select 15 teams from the entrant pool to support as they design, prototype, pilot, and refine their proposed intervention.

Through this program, participants will receive support to develop an intervention from November 2021 to April 2022. To support this development and iteration, the Department and WestEd will host two design sprints with the selected participant teams. These sprints will provide targeted workshops for teams to help them develop the necessary skills in both design and content to carry out their proposal. All the teams will propose interventions around digital literacy, but they will have a choice of which intended user group will be their primary focus: Grades 6-9; Grades 9-12; and Adult Learners. All of the efforts of the selected participant teams will be described in a summary report that will be published by the Department in the summer of 2022.

III. Programming Overview

Programming for the DLA will be conducted in five phases:

  1. Submission and Review;
  2. Orientation;
  3. Convening/Sprint 1: Brainstorm & Prototype;
  4. Convening/Sprint 2: Iterate;
  5. Convening/Sprint 3: Capstone Convening.

As participant teams will be recruited from across the country, all meetings and sprints will be held virtually. The final agenda for the convening sessions will be released by the Department prior to the sprints. A preliminary timeline and a draft of programming activities is included below. The exact dates for each of the phases will be determined by the Department and announced on the DLA webpage and sent to participants via email.

  • September 2021: Potential participant teams will utilize pre-submission resources and supporting materials to compose a submission to the DLA. Resources may include: research on digital literacy, building knowledge on design thinking, or conducting outreach and interviews with end users.
  • October 2021: Teams will be notified of the selection decision. Selected teams will carry out pre-work to prepare for the first convening/sprint. We anticipate selecting 15 teams.
  • November 2021: During the first convening/sprint, teams will participate in a series of virtual meetings. The convenings will take place over consecutive Saturdays, with programming for each day lasting about 4 hours. The first Saturday will focus on identifying a specific area of their idea to build out. Teams will have the week to develop their idea. The second Saturday will focus on reviewing progress made in the prior work and charting a course ahead. During the convening/sprint, teams will be able to participate in synchronous and asynchronous sessions with other teams and their own project team.
  • November 2021 – January 2022: Teams will prototype and pilot interventions with their targeted users and gather feedback to inform revisions.
  • January 2022: Teams will participate in a second convening/sprint that will focus on iteration and refinement of their products based off of feedback from the pilots. This will also take place over consecutive Saturdays, with the first Saturday focusing on identifying a crucial area for improvement and the second Saturday focused on reviewing improvements made over the week. Teams will also receive assistance for planning future iterations and the next pilot.
  • January – April 2022: Teams will again pilot interventions and gather additional feedback to inform product development and refinement.
  • April 2022: Teams will attend a Capstone convening where they will share their products, get feedback from experts, and reflect on the overall process.

Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. § 3402

IV. Eligibility

  1. Any member of the general public 18 years of age or older is eligible to apply.
    1. We recommend that teams consist of 2-5 people who have skills related to instructional design, education, computer programming, or some other related field.
    2. We strongly recommend that each team find an advisor who is either a faculty member or a professional in a related field.
    3. For additional clarity on how teams will be evaluated please see the rubric for judging submissions.
  2. Entrants must:
    1. Provide a submission through tech.ed.gov/DLA according to the Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions in this notice;
    2. Comply with all requirements on the DLA webpage and this notice;
    3. Provide affirmation upon submission to the DLA that a submission is eligible under paragraph (a) of this section.
    4. Agree to:
      1. Assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in DLA, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arises through negligence or otherwise;
      2. Indemnify the federal government against third-party claims for damages arising from, or related to, DLA activities, patents, copyrights, and trademark infringements; and
      3. Comply with and abide by the Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions in this notice, and the decisions of the Department, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

V. Prizes

Each team will have a chance to win a minimum of $2,000 in prize money by completing 4 milestones in the design process. Teams will receive a minimum of $500 for each milestone. The mile stones will be clearly defined at the time of acceptance and each milestone will be associated with either acceptance of a submission or a convening activities described in the program overview. (All prizes are subject to the availability of funds)

Prizes awarded under this competition will be paid through a check made out in the name of the team lead. Winners are responsible for the payment of any applicable local, State, and Federal taxes, providing, if requested to do so, their personally identifiable information (e.g., their names, addresses, and taxpayer identification numbers) to WestEd, so WestEd can report payments to the Internal Revenue Service of $600 or more per tax year to an individual winner, and the reporting of any other taxes that are required under applicable tax laws.

VI. Participant Selection Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed against a rubric by two independent reviewers who will be members of the WestEd team.

  1. Teams will be scored on a scale from 1-5 across a number of categories.
  2. The final score for a submission will be the average of the two reviewers scores.
  3. The teams with the top 15 scores will receive invitations to participate in the Digital Literacy Accelerator. The Department reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of selected teams.

VII. Submission Information

1. To participate in the DLA, an entrant must–

(a) Submit the required information on the DLA entry form.

2. Content and Form of Submission

To provide a submission to the DLA, an entrant must complete the entry form according to the call for submissions notice from the Department. When submitting a response, entrants should take care to identify their intended user groups from the available three categories. Responses will be evaluated against a rubric that can be found here. Entrants should answer two questions to describe their idea and team. Their answer should be no more than 1000 words in total (approximately 500 words per question).

  • “What is your idea for an intervention to support digital literacy?”
  • “What are the strengths and skills your team will use to design, prototype, and refine your idea?”

In responding to these questions, the Department and WestEd are not intending for entrants to include individually identifiable information about each team member’s background (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, location, past experiences, etc.), but rather only to provide a generalized description of the team members’ backgrounds without the inclusion of individually identifiable information.

Entrants will submit their response via Microsoft Forms. Entrants must include team name and an email where they can be contacted should they be selected to participate in the DLA, as well as the names and emails of the team lead and all the team members.

3. Submission Dates and Times

The submission period will officially begin on September 16, 2021 with this announcement of the DLA. The deadline for providing submissions is October 14, 2021 at 5:59:59 p.m., ET. WestEd is the official timekeeper for the DLA.

Those who wish to apply will have from September 16, 2021 to October 14, 2021 to draft and submit their submission. Submissions will be no more than a thousand words in length total and respond to the provided prompts. To provide a submission, an entrant must go to the DLA webpage and complete all required fields of the entry form before the deadline.

Each entrant must complete all of the required fields in the entry form in accordance with the Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions of this notice. All entrants are required to provide consent to those Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions upon submitting an entry. Once provided, a submission may not be altered. The Department reserves the right to disqualify any submission that the Department deems inappropriate.

Entrants must provide a team name and contact email. Teams may be made up of participants from various organizations; however, one team contact email must be provided. Each team member must be clearly identified by inclusion of their names and e-mail addresses on the team’s entry form for the team to be eligible. Teams must designate a primary contact to serve as the team lead (Team Lead) and manage the distribution of any awarded prizes. In the event that a dispute regarding the identity of the entrant who actually provided the submission cannot be resolved by the Department the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.

The Department encourages entrants to submit entries as far in advance of the deadline as possible and suggests not later than one hour before the deadline to ensure the completed submission is received. If an entrant submits an entry after the deadline date because of a technical problem with the DLA website or Microsoft Forms, the entrant must immediately contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact in this notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem experienced on the DLA website or Microsoft Forms. The Department will accept the entrant’s submission if the Department can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the DLA website or Microsoft Forms and that the technical problem affected the entrant’s ability to submit an entry by 5:59:59 p.m., ET, on the entry deadline date. The Department will contact the entrant after a determination is made on whether the entry will be accepted.

Note: These extensions apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with the DLA website or Microsoft Forms. The Department will not grant an entrant an extension if the entrant failed to submit an entry in the system by the submission deadline date and time, or if the technical problem experienced is unrelated to the DLA website or Microsoft Forms.

Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the submission process should contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the submission process, the entry remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice.

VIII. Submission Review Information

Review and Eligibility Determination Process

The Department will review submissions based on the requirements in the Eligibility section of this notice to determine if entrants should be deemed eligible to move on to the selection process.

Review and Selection Process

Reviewers may assign up to 5 points for each rubric criterion during the review of submissions based on the following selection criteria. Each criterion will be weighted as indicated below.

Submission Reviewer Rubric

The submission reviewer rubric consists of a series of categories rated 1-5. A rating of “1” generally means that there is little to no evidence to document a strength in that category. A rating of “3” means that there is evidence to document a strength, but it is either weak or incomplete. A rating of “5” means that there is clear and strong evidence to document a strength in that category.

Core Team-Skills (30%)

1- The skills of the core team are relatively homogenous and lean heavily toward skills in one field. The core team members don’t show evidence for the diversity of skills to design and refine a prototype. 3- The skills of the core team are somewhat balanced and represent relevant skills in more than one related field. The core team members possess some of the skills necessary to design and refine a prototype, but they will likely need to spend significant time upskilling existing members.  5- The skills of the core team are very well-balanced and represent a variety of relevant skills in a number of related fields (e.g., design thinking, coding, curriculum development, user testing). The core team members possess many of the skills necessary to design and refine a prototype, with very limited need to upskill existing members. 

Core Team-Advisor (10%)

1- The team has not identified an advisor (e.g., faculty or a relevant professional from a related field).  3- The team has identified an advisor (e.g., faculty or professional from a related field) to provide them with intermittent feedback over the school year.  5- The team has arranged with an advisor (e.g., faculty member or professional from a related field) to provide them with regular feedback over the school year. 

Core Team-Background of Team Members (10%) 

1- The team is composed of members who represent similar backgrounds. (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, location, past experiences, etc.). 3- The team is composed of members who somewhat represent a variety of backgrounds. (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, location, past experiences, etc.).  5- The team is composed of members who represent a variety of backgrounds (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, location, past experiences, etc.). 

Core Team-Access to Community (5%) 

1- The team has no network or existing ties to a local community where they can obtain user feedback and test their innovation.  3- The team has the ability to develop a network and ties to a local community where they can obtain user feedback and test their innovation. 5- The team has a strong network and existing ties to a local community where they can obtain user feedback and test their innovation. 

Strength of Idea: Innovation (15%) 

1- The proposed  idea replicates an established intervention that already exists.   3- The proposed idea provides a significant adaptation to an existing idea or an idea from the research base. 5- The proposed idea is a truly novel approach or represents a major evolution in an idea from research base.  

Strength of Idea: Equity (10%) 

1- The submission does not address how the innovation  will serve historically underserved students.  3- The submission provides a general idea of how the innovation  will serve historically underserved students, but it lacks detail and clarity. 5- The submission provides strong detail and clear mechanisms for how the innovation will serve historically underserved students.  

Strength of Idea: Clear vision and supporting processes (10%)

1- The idea does not establish a vision through a set of justifiable aims.  3-  The idea establishes a vision through a set of justifiable aims but lacks clarity in how the elements of this approach will work together to accomplish that vision. The aims may be vague or may not fit within the timeline or scope of the DLA.  5- The idea establishes a vision through a set of justifiable aims and provides clarity in how the elements of this approach will work together to accomplish that vision. The aims are specific and can be accomplished within the timeline and scope of the DLA.  

Strength of Idea: Supporting Rationale and Evidence (10%) 

1- The idea does not  provide a supporting rationale, and does not support its major tenets with evidence or research. 3- The idea provides a supporting rationale, and supports its major tenets with related evidence from previously published academic research.   5- The idea provides a clear supporting rationale, and supports its major tenets with direct evidence from prior user research on the idea or related evidence from previously published academic research.   

By participating in DLA, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that such recommendations of the reviewers based on the criteria may differ and agrees to be bound by, and not to challenge, the final decisions of the Department. 

IX. Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions

General Terms and Conditions 

The Department reserves the right to suspend, postpone, cease, terminate, or otherwise modify the DLA or any entrant’s participation in the DLA, at any time at the Department’s sole discretion. 

All submission materials and information submitted to the Department or WestEd for the DLA, including any copy of the submission, become the property of the Department and will not be acknowledged or returned by the Department or WestEd.  

Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery or receipt of such entry. The Department and WestEd shall have no liability for any submission that is not received by the Department or WestEd and assume no liability or responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to, or alteration of, any submission occurring prior to its receipt by the Department or WestEd.

Representations and Warranties/Indemnification 

By participating in the DLA, each entrant represents, warrants, and covenants as follows: 

  1. The entrants are the sole authors, creators, and owners of the submission; 
  2. The entrant’s submission— 
    1. Is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; 
    2. Does not, and will not, violate or infringe upon the privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party; 
    3. Does not contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as “malware,” “viruses,” or “worms”); and 
  3. The submission, and entrants’ implementation of the submission, does not, and will not, violate any applicable laws or regulations of the United States. 

Each entrant will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Department and WestEd from and against all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to, or arising from, the entrant’s submission or any breach or alleged breach of any of the representations, warranties, and covenants of the entrant hereunder.  

The Department reserves the right to disqualify any submission that the Department, in its sole discretion, deems to violate the Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions in this notice. 

Publicity Release 

By participating in the DLA, each entrant hereby authorizes the Department and WestEd the right to use such entrant’s appearance, voice, likeness, name, and/or other identifiable information in any and all media for informational and promotional purposes relating to the DLA. 

Disqualification 

The Department reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the DLA, the DLA webpage, or other DLA-related webpages; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions; to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the DLA; or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person; and, the Department reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

Links to Third-Party Webpages 

The DLA webpage may contain links to third-party webpages that are not owned or controlled by WestEd or the Department. WestEd and the Department do not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites. If an entrant accesses a third-party webpage from the Department’s webpage, the entrant does so at the entrant’s own risk and expressly relieves WestEd and/or the Department from any and all liability arising from use of any third-party webpage content. 

Disclaimer 

The DLA website contains resources that are provided for the user’s convenience. The inclusion of these materials is not intended to reflect its importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered. These materials may contain the views and recommendations of various subject matter experts as well as hypertext links, contact addresses and websites to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations.  

The opinions expressed in any of these materials do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any outside information included in these materials. 

Notice to Digital Literacy Accelerator entrants and participants 

Attempts to notify entrants and participants will be made using the email that is provided on the entry form. The Department and WestEd are not responsible for email or other communication problems of any kind. 

If, despite reasonable efforts, an entrant does not respond within three days of the first notification attempt regarding convening participation (or a shorter time as exigencies may require) or if the notification is returned as undeliverable to such entrant, that entrant may forfeit the entrant’s participation in DLA, and an alternate participant may be selected. 

If any potential participant is found to be ineligible, has not complied with these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions, or declines convening participation for any reason prior to completion of the DLA, such potential participants will be disqualified. An alternate participant team may be selected, or that participant slot at the convening may be vacated. 

Intellectual Property (IP) of Interventions 

Each participant retains all intellectual property rights in the materials submitted as part of the DLA, subject to the following terms:  

All entrants and participants hereby grant the Department a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the materials submitted as part of the DLA for Federal purposes and authorize others to do so. 

Dates/Deadlines 

The Department reserves the right to modify any dates or deadlines set forth in these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions or otherwise governing the DLA. 

Accelerator Termination 

The Department reserves the right to suspend, postpone, cease, terminate, or otherwise modify this Accelerator, or any entrant’s participation in the DLA, at any time at the Department’s discretion. 

General Liability Release 

By participating in the DLA, each entrant hereby agrees that — 

  1. The Department and WestEd shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages, or injuries of any kind (including death) resulting from participation in the DLA or any Digital Literacy Accelerator-related activity, or from entrants’ acceptance, receipt, possession, use, or misuse of any prize; and 
  2. The entrant will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Department and WestEd from and against all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to, or arising from, the entrant’s participation in the DLA. 

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Department and WestEd are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, or late entries or prize notifications, submissions on which postage is due, or submissions that are lost, damaged, or stolen prior to receipt by the Department or WestEd; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, Webpages, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable transmissions or other communications; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. 

These Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions cannot be modified except by the Department in its sole and absolute discretion. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. 

Exercise 

The failure of the Department to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. 

Governing Law 

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with U.S. Federal law as applied in the Federal courts of the District of Columbia if a complaint is filed by any party against the Department, and the laws of the State of California as applied in the California state courts in San Francisco if a complaint is filed by any party against WestEd. 

Use of Entrant’s Individually Identifiable Information  and Agreement to Make Further Disclosures of Individually Identifiable Information Needed for Tax Reporting 

By participating in the DLA, each entrant hereby agrees that occasionally, the Department and WestEd may also use the entrant’s individually identifiable information collected on the entry form to contact the entrant about Federal Digital Accelerator related activities, for promotional purposes, or for compliance activities, and acknowledges that the entrant has read these rules and conditions to understand what individually identifiable information will be collected on the entry form and that the uses of such information may include contacting the entrant by using the entrant’s name and email, including for promotional purposes or to collect additional information from the entrant as needed by the Department or WestEd to comply with applicable laws, including reporting tax information to comply with applicable tax laws. The entrant further agrees to provide the Department and WestEd with any additional individually identifiable information needed to meet their tax reporting responsibilities. 

Additional Terms That Are Part of the Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions 

Providing a submission for and participating in the DLA constitutes an entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions. By entering, an entrant agrees that all decisions related to the DLA that are made pursuant to these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions are final and binding, and that all such decisions are at the sole discretion of the Department and/or WestEd. 

List of Participants/Official Rules/Contact 

To obtain a list of participants (after the conclusion of the DLA) or a copy of these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions, send a self-addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed to: Kevin Johnstun, U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20202. Please specify “Awards List” or “Official Rules.” 

Please contact the person listed in the For Further Information Contact section of this notice, should you have any comments or questions about these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions. 

X. Other Information 

Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the submission package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the program contact person listed under For Further Information Contact in this notice. 

Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published on tech.ed.gov.

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