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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

Title II-B: Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MMSP)
Fund Code: 150-A

Purpose: The purpose of the program is to improve student achievement in science, technology/engineering, and mathematics (STEM), in the middle school level, through intensive, effective professional development activities that focus on deepening educator's knowledge of subject matter standards, disciplinary practices and student learning. This grant program is also intended to promote the advancement of District Determined Measures (DDMs) to assess student growth and inform educator development.
Priorities: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has established the following goals for the MMSP program.

GOAL IDevelop and implement an effective and sustained course of study for in-service educators of STEM by integrating the courses of study into schools of arts and sciences and/or education at institutions of higher education.
GOAL IIIdentify credible, instructionally useful measures of student growth and select, develop, and pilot District Determined Measures (DDMs) that measure student growth relative to subject matter standards.
GOAL IIIIncrease the number of STEM educators in the partner school districts who participate in effective professional development and advance their knowledge of subject matter standards, disciplinary practices and student learning.
GOAL IVDevelop and implement a systemic approach to STEM education by integrating professional development with district and school STEM improvement initiatives.
Eligibility: MMSP Partnerships that received funding for the first year in FY2014 are eligible to apply for an FY2015 continuation grant.

Partnerships should continue to work with core partners as established in the initial award. Additional partners may be added.

A minimum of fifty percent of the teachers participating in a partnership's activities must be employed in an MMSP qualifying high need school district. (See the list of Massachusetts Math/Science Partnership Qualifying High Need Districts for FY2014-15 under Additional Information.)
Funding: Approximately $840,000 will be available for these grants. The level of funding for continuation grant awards will depend primarily upon the number of teacher participants and the number of students impacted. In order to be cost effective, the cost per teacher participant should be approximately $2,000 per course. (This is an estimate and may be lower or higher depending upon the proposed program activities.)
Fund Use: Funds awarded shall be used to supplement, not supplant, state and/or local funds that would otherwise be used for proposed activities.
  1. Funds may be used to support STEM professional development programs, course development, DDMs development and activities that integrate the professional development with DDM development and administration and with local STEM improvement initiatives.
  2. Funds may be used for administrative costs, stipends, substitutes, materials for professional development, program evaluation, program dissemination, travel to state and national Title II-B meetings, etc. Note: Grant funds may not be allocated to pay for both a participant's graduate credit tuition and to provide a stipend.
  3. Funds may not be used for equipment (costing more than $5000 per unit), space rental, or food.
  4. Funds may not be used for equipment or instructional materials for the students of the participating teachers.
  5. Funds may not be used for full-time staff positions.
  6. Indirect costs, if charged, must be at the Department's approved rate and may not exceed a rate of 8%.
  7. Administrative costs and indirect costs combined may not exceed 20% of the total budget.
  8. Consultant fees may not exceed $100 per hour, up to $750 per day.
All budgets and budget descriptions must be aligned with the program activities and reflect any coordinated uses of resources from other sources.
Project Duration: 9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015
Program Unit: Science, Technology/Engineering, and Mathematics
Contact: Anne DeMallie
Phone Number: (781) 338-3527
Date Due: Monday, July 21, 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 - Project Expenditures - Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
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Part III - Required Program Information and Application
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Part IV - Partner Contributions and Commitments (for new partners only)
Additional Information:
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FY2012 High Needs Districts List
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Definitions of Terms
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Technical Guide B: Measuring Student Growth and Piloting District-Determined Measures
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Massachusetts Standard for Professional Development
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MMSP Evaluation Approach for Partnerships
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Guidance for MMSP STEM Syllabus and a Sample
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Scoring Rubric
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National Research Council (NRC) Key Scientific Practices: Chapter 3 adapted and reprinted with permission from A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, 2011, by the National Academy of Sciences, Courtesy of National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.
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2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (ELA and Mathematics) Resources
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Draft STE standards
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2006 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Science and Technology/Engineering
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Key Scientific Practices: National Research Council (NRC) Chapter 3 of A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, 2011, National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. pages 41-82.
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Next Generation Science Standards
Submission Instructions: Submit 1 hardcopy set of the complete application package with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director and an the electronic copy to Anne DeMallie ademallie@doe.mass.edu with "Applying Organization's name and MMSP Continuation" in the subject line. The due date of July 21, 2014 also applies to the electronic submission.

Mail to:
Anne DeMallie
Science, Technology/Engineering, and Mathematics,
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906



Last Updated: June 20, 2014
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