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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

Vocational Special Education Leadership Institute
Fund Code: 420

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is to strengthen the Commonwealth's public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, and in so doing, to close all proficiency gaps. The state's grant programs serve to strengthen school and district capacity by supporting implementation of ESE's District Standards and Indicators and the state's high priority strategies for increasing student performance.

The five key priorities that ESE has identified for increasing student performance statewide include: preparing students for college and career; strengthening curriculum and instruction; strengthening educator effectiveness; supporting data use to improve policy decisions and student achievement; and turning around our lowest performing schools. The Perkins grant program is intended to support all five (where applicable) by continuously improving career/vocational technical education in Massachusetts.

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support ESE's standards and priorities. In particular, the Perkins grant program may support implementation of the following standards: Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment, Professional Development, and Student Support.
Purpose: The purpose of the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Special Education Leadership grant is to support with funding school districts that develop and implement a project designed to systematically coordinate special education service delivery with academic and vocational instruction.

The goal of the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Special Education Leadership Institute is to provide vocational technical school administrators (i.e., special education, vocational, and academic staff) with leadership skills in the improvement of educational outcomes for students with disabilities. The driving perspective of the Institute is the development and strategic implementation of a more coordinated system of special education service delivery between academic and vocational instruction.
Priorities: Funding priorities will be for projects that demonstrate:
  1. Impacts on special education service delivery
  2. Effective and adequate district action plan for improved coordination of special education services with academic and vocational instruction
  3. Appropriate use of funds
  4. Existence of a viable district team that participated in the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Special Education Leadership Institute
Eligibility: The following (9) school districts currently participating in the Massachusetts

Vocational Technical Special Education Leadership Institute are eligible to apply:
  • Southern Worcester Regional School District (Bay Path Vocational Technical)
  • Bristol County Agricultural
  • Franklin County Agricultural
  • Lynn Public Schools (Lynn Technical Institute)
  • Northern Berkshire Regional School District (McCann Tech)
  • North Shore Regional Technical High School
  • Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Westfield Public Schools (Westfield Vocational High School)
  • Worcester Public Schools (Worcester Technical High School)
Funding: Eligible districts may submit proposals for up to $10,000. Funding is from the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV).
Fund Use: Funds must be used in accordance with this RFP, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L. 109-270, and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual.

The project parameters include the development or continuation of the project and/or activities to support the project previously identified at the Institute by the district's special education, vocational, and academic leadership team.

Allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: (1) stipends for local educators to assist with the development, coordination and/or implementation of the project/activity; (2) project materials; (3) travel; and (4) costs of substitutes, if necessary, to develop or implement the project/activity.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8 /31/2013
Program Unit: Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Contact: Margie Roberts mroberts@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3951
Date Due: Friday, May 17, 2013
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Project Final Report
Additional Information: Each grant recipient must complete a Project Final Report to be submitted no later than Friday, December 13, 2013 prior to 5:00 p.m. In addition, the Department may offer an optional Vocational Technical Special Education Leadership Institute open discussion meeting on project successes, challenges and opportunities. Information on this opportunity will be provided to grant recipients.
Submission InstructionsSubmit three (3) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:

Margie Roberts
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

It is recommended that if the proposal is hand delivered, a time stamped receipt be obtained.


Last Updated: April 23, 2013
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