|Purpose:||The purpose of this grant program is to establish and support distance learning instructional hubs in order to increase access to, and the intensity of, educational services for eligible adult learners, and strengthen their technology skills in preparation for college and careers.|
|Priorities:||The priority is to support programs that:
- provide online instruction supported by face-to-face services at the Community Adult Learning Center to implement a blended model of distance learning; and,
- collaborate with and provide guidance to ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Centers in the delivery of services.
|Eligibility||Eligible applicants are currently funded recipients that have demonstrated satisfactory performance.|
|Funding:||See Table 1 - Funding Allocations|
|Fund Use:||Funds must be used for ABE services that are designed in accordance with the Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education Programs.|
|Match:||A minimum of 20 percent fully auditable matching contribution is required. The availability of existing computer hardware, telecommunications networks, video technology, and elements of a successful distance learning program through a matching contribution is preferred; however, these costs are also allowable as expenses to be charged to the grant. Applicants must itemize their matching contribution on Schedule B and include a match narrative.|
|Project Duration:||7/1/2014- 6/30/2015|
|Program Unit:||Adult and Community Learning Services|
|Date Due:||Thursday, July 31, 2014|
Proposals must be received at the Department no later than 3:00 p.m. on the date due.
Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants, including the amount requested).
Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
Budget Narrative to be prepared by the applicant.
Part III - Required Program Information (submit hard copies only)
Statement of Assurances - please note that two signatures are required
Schedule B - Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule
Match Narrative to be prepared by the applicant (optional)
Letter from Acting ABE State Director
Submission of Proposals and related information
Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education Programs
Massachusetts Adult Basic Education and ESOL Distance Learning Programs: How to Assess Student Readiness for Distance Learning
Distance Learning handbooks developed by the UMass Boston Center for Social Policy, June 2009:
Submit two (2) sets of the application each with the original signature in blue ink of the Superintendent/Executive Director/President/Sheriff.
Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street 3rdFloor
Malden, MA 02148-4906