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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

Building Aligned Curriculum - Updated 10/17/14
Fund Code: 133

Purpose: The purpose of this grant is for districts and schools to use the over 100 Model Curriculum Units (Prekindergarten-Grade 12) that have been developed through the Race to the Top grant to increase the capacities of faculty to adapt and align curriculum to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

Note: Dates have changed. Submission date is now November 14, and the training dates are now December 3 and 4, 2014.

Priorities: The priorities for use of this grant are to:
  • Increase school-based expertise in aligning curriculum and instruction to the MA Curriculum Frameworks: for English Language Arts and Literacy (2011), Mathematics (2011), History and Social Science, and Science and Technology/Engineering (revised draft, 2014).
  • Increase expertise of teacher leaders to guide a team through planning, adapting, and implementing frameworks-aligned curriculum by using or adapting one or more of the model curriculum units.
  • Increase teachers' ability to use data to modify existing or new curriculum (model curriculum units) to address students' needs and districts' priorities.
  • Promote professional teams and discussion about curriculum development and alignment.
  • To encourage districts to tryout curriculum units in History Social Science (HSS) or Science and Technology/Engineering (ST/E) in particular.
  • Increase districts' capacities to connect work on aligning curriculum with the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation System, the Standards for High-Quality Professional Development, and other Department and district-level initiatives.
Eligibility:This is a non-competitive grant open to all to Level 3 and Level 4 districts and Commissioner's Districts.
Funding: Approximately $400,000 is available for FY 15 for eligible districts. Districts are eligible for a range of funding and can choose the amount, within this range, to request (see Appendix A: Fund Code 133 Minimum and Maximum Awards Per District). Every district that submits an acceptable application will be funded at least at the minimum level. Depending on a district's priorities and the total number of applicants, districts could receive up to the maximum award.

As districts apply for more funds, there is an expectation that there will be more teams participating. For example, districts applying for more than $5,600 are committing to more than 1 team. See below for suggested guidelines as to the number of teams per award amount.

Up to $5,6001 or more teams
Up to $11,0002 or more teams
Up to $16,0003 or more teams
Up to $22,4004 or more teams
Up to $28,0005 or more teams
Up to $33,6006 or more teams
Up to $39,0007 or more teams
Up to $44,8008 or more teams
Fund Use: Grant funds must used only to support grant priorities, including:
  • Stipends to support common planning time for a grade-level and/or subject-based team to unpack the chosen model curriculum unit, make adjustments as needed, and pilot the unit. The estimated time commitment is 18-20 hours per team member.

  • Stipends/substitutes to support the teacher-leader. In addition to being a member of the team, the teacher leader will facilitate the group and the piloting process, provide and/or arrange for coaching, visit classrooms where the unit is being piloted.

  • Stipends/substitutes for release time for the teacher leader(s) to attend trainings sponsored by ESE. Districts must send one teacher leader per team. The estimated time commitment for completing this training is 22 hours: 3.5 face-to-face days, and one virtual meeting. Attendance of the teacher leaders at the trainings is mandatory. (The first two training days will be in early December the central region of the state.)

    Note: Due to content changes in the new draft standards, S/TE teacher leaders will have an additional day of training on content in January.

  • Materials to implement the model curriculum unit(s). Up to 15% of the award may be spent on materials for implementation.

  • Travel to attend ESE training meetings.

Project Duration: Upon Approval through 6/30/2015
Program Unit: Model Curriculum Unit, Curriculum and Instruction
Contact: Sarah Churchill Silberman
Phone Number: (781) 338-3586
Date Due: Friday, November 14, 2014

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
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Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
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Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
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Part III - Required Program Information
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Part IV - Assurance from School District
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Part V - Assurance from each Participating School Principal
Additional Information:
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Appendix A - Fund Code 133 Minimum and Maximum Awards Per District
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Appendix B - District Checklist (for district use prior to submission)

Districts are encouraged to apply if they are:
  • working towards standards-aligned curriculum or have completed aligning their curriculum to the MA Curriculum Frameworks;
  • beginning curriculum mapping or have completed curriculum maps; and/or
  • seeking to implement additional Model Curriculum Units, particularly those in History Social Science or Science/Technology and Engineering.
Submission Instructions: Applicants must:
  1. Email the Part II Budget Detail pages and Part III Required Program Information (Narrative) to

  2. Mail two (2) hard copies, each with original signatures, of the signed cover page (Part I), Part II Budget Details pages, Assurances (Parts IV and V), and Part III Required Program Information (Narrative) to the address below.

    Mail to:

    Sarah Churchill Silberman
    Curriculum and Instruction
    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: October 15, 2014
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