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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Literacy Partnership
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 the basis of 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;
  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.

Districts should involve two to six classrooms in each of the grades, PK - 4 (PK, 1, 2, 3, and 4), depending on the size of the school/district. Districts may also use funds to pilot model curriculum units in other grades as they become available.
  • In piloting classrooms, grades PK-4, 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 assessments.
  • Intensive professional development for grades PK-4 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; and
  • Model curriculum units may be incorporated into summer literacy programs for students.
Eligibility:This is a continuation grant for eligible school districts. Collaboratives may apply on behalf of districts (see Funding below). See the list of eligible districts in Additional Information.
Funding:Approximately $1,000,000 is available for FY2014 for the eligible districts. 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 represents all partnerships. In addition, each district in the partnership must provide 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 district Part II budget detail information.
Number of Students Per DistrictMaximum Amount/District
(Pending State Appropriation)
Up to 1,000 (9 districts)$15,553
1,001 to 2,000 (18 districts)$18,553
2,001- 4,500 students (19 districts)$20,533
4,501 - 10,000 students (23 districts)$22,553
10,001 - 20,000 students (4 districts)$24,553
Greater than 20,001 students (2 districts)$27,553
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 Massachusetts 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 systemwide;
  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: Upon Approval - 6/30/2014
Program Unit: Office of Literacy and Humanities
Contact: Dorothy Earle dearle@doe.mass.edu
Phone: (781) 338-6265
Due Date: Thursday, August 1, 2013
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 - 6/30/2014)
  2.  Download MS EXCEL file  Part II FY14 Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages)
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information (Narrative) and Instructions
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part IV - Assurance from School District
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part V - Assurance for each Participating School Principal
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part VI - Assurance from Participating Partner
  7. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Alignment of Priorities Form (to be signed by DSAC Regional Director (level 3 districts) or District Liaison (level 4 districts).
  8. 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) and Part III Required Program Information (Narrative) 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
For questions regarding submission, please contact Alexia Cribbs at 781-338-3581.


Last Updated: July 23, 2013
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