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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

Literacy Partnerships - Round II
Fund Code: 738

Purpose: The purpose of the state-funded Literacy Partnerships grant program is to support alignment of curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, and literacy planning with the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy, which incorporates the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (2010).

This grant program supports implementation of district standards and indicators in Table 1 below. Applicants should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support these standards and priorities. Grant applications will be reviewed in part on how likely the respondent's implementation plans are to result in improvements in these areas.

Table 1
District StandardsIndicators
Leadership and GovernanceDistrict Planning
Curriculum and InstructionAligned, Consistently Delivered Curriculum, and Strong Instructional Leadership
AssessmentData-Based Decision Making
Human Resources and Professional DevelopmentProfessional Development
Priorities: Proposed activities must directly relate to key shifts in the standards of the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy and the 2011 PARCC Model Content Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy.
  • Building knowledge through content-rich informational and literary texts
  • Teaching students to use credible evidence in reading, writing, and speaking
  • Developing strong academic vocabulary
  • Making literacy a responsibility shared among all teachers in a school or district
There are four priorities for the use of grant funds to improving literacy outcomes:
  1. Piloting and providing commentary on model curriculum units and curriculum-embedded performance assessments in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014;
  2. Designing and implementing innovative summer programs that build content knowledge and strengthen literacy through reading, writing, speaking, listening, using community and cultural resources in science, the humanities, and the arts;
  3. Providing intensive professional development for teachers and administrators on reading, discussing, and writing about complex, grade-level texts, and developing academic vocabulary; and
  4. Writing or revising district literacy plans to reflect the shifts in the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy.
All Race to the Top districts that have selected Projects 5A or 5B-C must use at least a portion of their grant funds to support piloting of model curriculum units and performance assessments aligned to the 2011 ELA/literacy standards. Other districts may choose to pilot these units as well. This work began with the piloting of units and assessments for grades 2-3 in the fall of 2012 with districts funded under Round I of the Literacy Partnership grants.

Because the units are designed to build upon one another throughout the year, districts should pilot units in sequence and involve two-six classrooms in grade 2 and two-six classrooms in grade 3 in each year, depending on the size of the school/district. The Department will work closely with professional development partners selected by the districts to ensure that they can support the implementation of the curriculum units.

Districts may also use funds to pilot model curriculum units in other grades as they become available from January 2013 through August 2014.
  • In piloting classrooms, grade 2 and 3 ELA/literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessments will be aligned to the key shifts in the 2011 ELA/Literacy standards, research on effective practices in early literacy, and the projected design of PARCC assessments for grade 3.
  • Intensive professional development for grade 2 and 3 teachers will support implementation of the new standards in ELA/literacy as teachers pilot the model curriculum units.
  • Participating teachers will become part of a statewide professional learning community structured around action research on the piloting and refinement of the units and the evaluation of results.
  • Grant funds may be used to purchase books and other materials related to pilots and for stipends to educators.
  • Model curriculum units may be incorporated into summer literacy programs for students.
Eligibility:This is a competitive grant for eligible school districts designated as Level 3 or 4. Collaboratives may apply on behalf of districts (see Funding below). See the list of eligible districts in Additional Information for Round II of funding.
Funding:Approximately $141,000 is available for FY2013 for the eligible districts in Round II. See the list of eligible districts in Additional Information for funding amounts. A district or collaborative may propose multiple partnerships in one grant application. A separate budget must be included for each partnership; one set of combined budget pages should be submitted for the district or collaborative that will be the lead agency.

There are three funding options:
  1. A district may apply for one or more partnerships with professional development providers such as colleges, universities, or organizations.
  2. A district may serve as a lead agency for a consortium of districts. There must be one narrative (Part III), a Schedule C Form, and one combined Part II budget detail that represent all partnerships. In addition, each district in the partnership must provide individual assurances and individual Part II budget detail information.
  3. A collaborative may apply on behalf of districts. There must be one narrative (Part III), a Schedule C Form, and one combined Part II budget detail for each partnership. In addition, each district the collaborative is working with must provide individual assurances and individual district Part II budget detail information.
Number of Students Per DistrictMaximum Amount/District
Up to 2,000
(9 eligible districts)
$9,000
2,001- 10,000
(4 eligible districts)
$15,000
Fund Use: These grant funds may be used only to support the grant priorities. Funds may be used for specific purposes, including:
  1. providing professional development on the shifts in the standards of the 2011 Curriculum Framework for ELA and Literacy and PARCC Model Content Frameworks for PK-5 teachers consistent with funding priorities;
  2. purchasing instructional materials related to model curriculum unit piloting for students, books, and media for school and classroom libraries, professional development and stipends for participating teachers, and district planning to incorporate model curriculum units system wide;
  3. participating in the grant evaluation to be conducted by the UMass Donahue Institute; and
  4. other related items (for example, salary of summer literacy program staff or stipends for revising district literacy plans to reflect the shifts in the 2011 ELA/literacy standards).
Project Duration: There are two possible project durations. A district can choose one or both of these project durations.
  1. Upon Approval - 6/30/2013 (All districts must ask for some funds during this project duration.)
  2. 7/1/2013 - 8/31/2013 (Districts can ask to use a portion of their funds during this project duration.)
A Standard Contract Form, budget sheets, and Schedule C (if applicable) must be submitted for each project duration. Each budget should indicate the funds that will be used during that timeframe. Budget(s) must total the amount indicated in PART VII - School District Eligibility.

Literacy Partnerships Grants are multi-year to encourage long-range planning and implementation of grant activities. FY2013 applicants will have the potential to receive funds for two years, pending state appropriations and successful achievement of annual partnership goals. FY2013 is the first year of this 2-year grant program.
Program Unit: Office of Literacy and Humanities
Contact: Dorothy Earle dearle@doe.mass.edu
Phone: (781) 338-6265
Due Date:Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Competitive 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 (Upon Approval - 6/30/2013)
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  PART I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants (7/1/13 - 8/31/2013)
  3.  Download MS EXCEL file  PART II - FY13 Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages)
  4.  Download MS EXCEL file  PART II - FY14 Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages)
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  PART III - Required Program Information (Narrative) and Instructions
  7. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  PART IV - Assurance from Participating School District(s)
  8. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  PART V - Assurance from Participating School(s)
  9. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  PART VI - Assurance from Participating Partner
  10. Alignment of Priorities Form (to be signed by DSAC Regional Director (level 3 districts) or District Liaison (level 4 districts)
  11. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Schedule C - Statement of Participation and Support (if appropriate)
Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  PART VII - School District Eligibility and Connections to Race to the Top Activities 5A and 5B,C
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  PART VIII - Review Sheet for Evaluating Proposals
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Submission Checklist (for district use prior to submission)
Submission Instructions: Applicants must:
  1. Email the Part II Budget Detail pages, Part III Required Program Information (Narrative), and the district literacy plan to reading@doe.mass.edu.
  2. Mail two (2) hard copies, each with original signatures, of the signed cover page (Part I), Part II Budget Detail pages, Schedule C (if applicable), Part III Required Program Information (Narrative), and all related Assurances documents to Alexia Cribbs.
Mail to:

Alexia Cribbs
Office of Literacy and Humanities
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

This is a competitive proposal. Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.


For questions regarding submission, please contact Alexia Cribbs at 781-338-3581.


Last Updated: January 10, 2013
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