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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

Innovation Schools Fellowship Grant
Fund Code: 159

Purpose:

The purpose of the newly created Innovation Schools Fellowship (Fellowship) program is to provide support for the cultivation of "break the mold" new or conversion innovation schools. The Fellowship will support prospective innovation school operators by providing support for an in-depth, yearlong new or conversion innovation school development planning process.

The Fellowship will commence in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014) and will be a partnership among the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department), the Executive Office of Education (EOE), and the sponsoring school district (District). By committing to participate in the Fellowship, the District agrees to provide a complete benefits package and office space to support a dedicated staff member during the in-depth, yearlong planning process.

Up to three (3) Fellowships will be awarded by the Department and will be awarded in one or more of the following educational models: 1) Blended Learning; 2) Year Round School Schedule; and 3) Early College or Multiple Pathways.

Priorities: Priorities for this competitive grant will be given to applicants that:
  1. Intend to operate an innovation school in Level 3 or 4 districts.
  2. Intend to operate a conversion innovation school that is currently designated as Level 3 or 4.
  3. Envision a new or conversion school that thoughtfully implements a blended learning educational model.
  4. Through the sustainable use of existing district resources, envision a new or conversion school that thoughtfully implements a year round school schedule or staggered school schedule that yields expanded time for learning time for all students with at least: a) 7 hours each day for all students, b) 30 more minutes each day, c) 10 more days each year, or d) 70 more hours each year.
  5. Envision a new or conversion school that thoughtfully implements an early college/multiple pathways educational model.
Eligibility: Current innovation schools are not eligible to apply. Districts that operate innovation schools are eligible to apply provided that the funds will be used to support the in-depth, yearlong planning of a new or conversion school that has not previously completed the innovation schools authorization process.
Funding: The Department will award three (3) Fellowships of $75,000 each.
Fund Use:

Funds must be used solely to support the in-depth, year long new or conversion school development planning process. All proposed expenditures must be appropriate, meet state and federal guidelines, and clearly support the educational model identified in the completed grant application.

Examples of allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: 1) the salary of the selected Fellow; 2) services provided by consultants; and 3) travel to school sites.

Examples of unallowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: 1) out-of-state travel expenses; 2) capital expenses; and 3) purchase of food or beverages.

Project Duration: 07/01/2014- 06/30/2015
Program Unit: Office Charter Schools and School Redesign
Contact: Sheika Edmond sedmond@doe.mass.edu
Prior to Grant Submission:

Districts interested in applying for the Innovation Schools Fellowship program are requested to 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) intended educational model, and 3) lead applicant contact information. The Letter of Intent is due by Friday, February 14, 2014 by 5:00PM.

Technical Assistance Webinar (Session I) - Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 3:30-4:30PM.

Technical Assistance Webinar (Session II) - Monday, February 10, 2014, from 4:00-5:00PM.


Register for one (1) of the technical assistance webinars.

Date Due: Complete grant applications are due: Monday, March 3, 2014 (see Required Forms section below). Applications must be received by the Department by 5:00PM on the above date.
Required Forms:
Download MS EXCEL file
Budget Workbook - Includes- Part I- General Program Signature Page (Cover Sheet)- and Part II- Project Expenditures-Detail Information
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
Part III- Required Program Information- Description of Fund Use and Innovation Schools Concept Paper
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
Part IV- Innovation Schools Fellowship Application
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
Part V- Innovation Schools Fellowship Assurances Form
Download PDF document  Download MS WORD document
Part VI- Innovation Schools Fellowship Information Sheet
Additional Information: Award Timeline

The Department and EOE will begin review of completed grant applications in March 2014 and will conduct formal applicant interviews beginning late March into April 2014.

Selection Process

The selection process for the Innovation Schools Fellowship program will be multi-faceted, and will include a multi-stage review process, panel interview, and reference checks. The panel interview will include representatives from the Department and EOE, the identified Fellow, district superintendent or designee, and additional district members as appropriate.

Due diligence will be done on the part of the Department and EOE during the selection process.

Concept Paper

The identified Fellow must submit a three-to-five page Innovation Schools Concept Paper. The Concept Paper must address the following:
  • The candidate's general concept for the prospective innovation school and the educational model that will be implemented;
  • The student population that the prospective innovation school would serve;
  • The need and/or problem the prospective innovation school would address;
  • How autonomy can be used to improve student achievement; and
  • How community support for the prospective innovation school has been or will be garnered.
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 include 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 received by the Department by 5:00PM on Monday, March 3, 2014.


Last Updated: February 14, 2014
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