||The purpose of this non-competitive grant program is to fund specific strategic initiatives that will improve the state's lowest achieving schools and districts, and support their continuous cycle of improvement.
This grant program is aligned with the state's overarching goal:
- To prepare all students for success after high school
These grant funds will contribute to that goal by supporting the following state strategy:
- Turning around the lowest performing districts and schools
Eligible districts will be invited to apply throughout the year as needs emerge and funds become available. Applications are only accepted from districts invited to apply.
Currently, this grant is available by invitation only to a partnership of five Level 3 districts including Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, and Winthrop. The grant is available to fund activities relative to coordinating curriculum and assessment needs across these five districts.
Grant applicants must explain how proposed strategic initiatives connect to indicators for one or more of the state's six district standards. These standards, defined in District Standards and Indicators are:
- Leadership and Governance
- Curriculum and Instruction *
- Assessment *
Required: If connecting to this standard's Indicator 3, Professional Development, districts must also explain how their proposed initiatives connect to and satisfy the Massachusetts Standards for Professional Development (Attached as Appendix A).
- Student Support *
Required: If connecting to this standard's Indicator 4, Partnerships and Services to Support Learning, districts must also explain how their proposed initiatives connect to indicators for one or more of the Massachusetts Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals.
- Financial and Asset Management
- Human Resources and Professional Development
* Note: If connecting to the standards for Curriculum & Instruction, Assessment, and/or Student Support Standard, districts may wish to align the Systems for Student Success (SfSS) with their planning.
Applying districts must also identify the grant program goals and initiatives, and describe how they will monitor progress towards such goals, including identifying and describing early evidence of change, intermediate benchmarks and long-term evidence of success, which they will use to assess progress for each initiative and for the overall program goals.
||Fund use must be consistent with the priorities described above and requirements associated with the following funding sources:
State Targeted Assistance Funds may be used to support priority strategic professional development and assistance initiatives designed to raise performance in eligible districts and any of their schools. State Targeted Assistance funds may be used through June 30, 2015.
All expenditures will be closely reviewed as they relate to the priorities of this grant opportunity.
Funds may not be used to provide refreshments.