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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Innovation Schools Enhancement Grant
Fund Code: 202-A

Purpose: The purpose of this one-time federally funded Innovation Schools Enhancement Grant is to provide a supplemental opportunity for approved Innovation Schools that are currently implementing their Innovation School Plans in participating Massachusetts Race to the Top (RTTT) districts to: 1) plan for sustainable expanded learning time strategies by redesigning the daily school schedule and school year calendar, and/or 2) provide targeted professional development activities aligned to the school's approved Innovation School Plan:

Through creative modifications of the daily school schedule and school year calendar, schools will plan for effective uses of expanded learning time. Planning must include modifications that increase instructional time for students and common planning time for teachers. The redesign strategies are intended to be implemented during the 2014-2015 school year.

Funds for providing targeted professional development activities must be aligned to the school's Innovation School Plan and support a minimum of one of the approved autonomies in its Plan. The six (6) areas of Innovation School autonomy are: 1) curriculum, instruction, and assessment, 2) schedule and calendar, 3) staffing, 4) professional development, 5) district policies and procedures, and 6) budget.

Innovation Schools Enhancement Grant-Time and Professional Development are funded by the Massachusetts' Race to the Top award and issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary (ESE) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education (EOE).
Priorities: Priorities for this completive grant will be given to applicants that:
  1. Operate an approved Innovation School designated as Level 2 or 3.
  2. Have approved schedule and calendar autonomies as part of their Innovation School Plan.
  3. Will plan to implement significant expanded learning time strategies by September 2014.
  4. Propose plans that include sustainable budgets that incorporate creative scheduling and/or labor management compensation structures that help to minimize the overall costs of implementing ELT.
Eligibility: Approved Innovation Schools operating in participating Massachusetts Race to the Top (RTTT) districts are eligible to apply.

A district may submit a grant application for multiple Innovation Schools within the district.
Funding: Award amounts will be determined by the applicants requested use of funds. It is anticipated that minimum award amounts will be $30,000 and maximum amounts will be $40,000.
Fund Use: Funds must be used solely to support: 1) planning for sustainable expanded learning time strategies by redesigning the school schedule and calendar, or 2) provide targeted professional development activities aligned to the school's approved Innovation School Plan.

Examples of allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: 1) stipends for educators for planning proposes, 2) stipends for educator participation in professional development activities, 3) reimbursements for substitutes, 4) services provided by consultants, and 5) outreach to families and community partners for engagement in school schedule and calendar planning processes.

Examples of unallowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: 1) capital expenses, 2) the purchase of computer hardware, 3) stipends or costs related to direct service provision to students, 4) out-of-state travel expenses, and 5) purchase of food or beverages.
Project Duration: 07/01/2013- 06/30/2014*

*Applicants that are requesting funds for planning activities related to modifications to the school schedule and calendar are expected to implement the identified strategies beginning September 2014.
Program Unit: Office Charter Schools and School Redesign
Contact: Sheika Edmond sedmond@doe.mass.edu
Required Prior to Grant SubmissionParticipating Massachusetts Race to the Top (RTTT) districts interested in applying for this grant program on behalf of one or more of their approved Innovation Schools must submit an email to sedmond@doe.mass.edu indicating their intent to apply. The non-binding intent to apply email must include: 1) the name of the district, 2) name(s) of the approved Innovation Schools, 3) indicate if funds will be used for Time or Professional Development activities, and 4) contact information of the applicant and district level personnel.

Intent to Apply Email - Due Friday May 3, 2013 by 5:00PM.
Date Due: Complete grant applications are due: Friday May 17, 2013 (see Required Forms section below). Proposals must be postmarked by the due date and received at the Department by 5:00PM on the above date.
Required Forms:
  1. Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants) (Submit one Signature Page per district/ applicant)
  2. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Workbook - School Level, School-by-School Summary, and Project Expenditure (Part II)
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Part IV - Copy of approved Innovation School Plan
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part V - Innovation Schools Assurances Form
Additional Information: As grant recipients begin the development process of how to redesign the current school schedule and calendar, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Executive Office of Education (EOE) will work with partners to provide technical assistance and professional development. Recipients will receive assistance in the areas of building district support and schoolwide capacity, both of which are essential to creating and implementing effective and sustainable expanded learning time strategies. The expanded learning time strategies developed through the planning process are expected to be sustainable, low cost models that use the autonomies and flexibilities afforded to Innovation Schools.

Resources: The following resources are available to provide planning grant applicants with access to additional information.

  1. View HTML Page  Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Expanded Learning Time
  2. View External Link  Innovation Schools
  3. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (Department) District Standards and Indicators (including the Conditions for School Effectiveness Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document) and Department Priorities.
  4. View External Link  National Center on Time and Learning
Grant Information webinar - Monday, 4/29/13, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The grant information webinar is intended to provide prospective applicants with information related to this funding opportunity. Discussion will include the purpose of this one-time funding opportunity as well as an overview of all required documents. There will be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and receive additional clarification about this RFP. Please register.
Submission Instructions: Email all required documents, in their original Word or Excel formats (e.g., not converted to a PDF), to sedmond@doe.mass.edu NOTE: Signatures are not required on the emailed versions.

AND

Mail three (3) sets of all required documents which includes original signatures to:

Sheika Edmond
Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

All mailed documents must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Department by 5:00PM on Friday, May 17, 2013.


Last Updated: April 16, 2013
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