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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

Literacy Partnership
Fund Code: 738

Purpose: The purpose of the state-funded Literacy Partnerships grant program is to support the use of PK to grade 6 model curriculum units in literacy and humanities, and the alignment of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development, with the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy, which incorporates the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

This grant program supports implementation of district standards and indicators in Table 1 below. Applicants should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support these standards and priorities. Grant applications will be reviewed in part on the basis of how likely the respondent's implementation plans are to result in improvements in these areas.

Table 1

District StandardsIndicators
Leadership and GovernancePrincipal Leadership
Curriculum and InstructionAligned, Consistently Delivered Curriculum, and Strong Instructional Leadership
Human Resources and Professional DevelopmentProfessional Development

Priorities: Proposed activities must directly relate to key shifts in the standards of the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy and the 2011 PARCC Model Content Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy.
  • Building knowledge through content-rich informational and literary texts
  • Teaching students to use credible evidence in reading, writing, and speaking
  • Developing strong academic vocabulary

There are two priorities for the use of grant funds to improve literacy outcomes:

  1. Implementing, adapting and providing commentary on PK-grade 6 model curriculum units and curriculum-embedded performance assessments developed by ESE and districts, see Model Curriculum webpage; and

  2. Providing intensive professional development for PK-grade 6 teachers and administrators on designing and implementing curriculum units that integrate reading, discussing, and writing about complex, grade-level texts, and developing academic vocabulary. (Districts are also encouraged to use materials from the Writing Standards in Action Project, as a resource for models for writing and benchmark assessments in grades 3-6.)

All districts applying for this grant must use grant funds to support implementation of model curriculum units and performance assessments aligned to the 2011 ELA/literacy standards.

Districts must involve administrators (including principals) and classroom teachers in grades PK - 6 (PK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4. 5 and 6).

  • In participating PK-6 classrooms, ELA/literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessments will be aligned to the key shifts in the 2011 ELA/literacy standards.

  • Intensive professional development for grades PK-6 teachers and administrators (especially principals) will support implementation of literacy and humanities curriculum units aligned to the 2011 standards in ELA/literacy.

  • Participating teachers and principals will become part of a statewide professional learning community structured around action research on the implementation and refinement of the units and the evaluation of results; and

  • Grant funds may be used for the purchase of books and other materials related to curriculum unit implementation, for stipends to educators, and for substitutes.

Eligibility: This is a competitive grant for eligible school districts with grades PK-6. Eligible districts are districts receiving Literacy Partnership funds during fiscal year 2014 and/or districts with Level 3 or 4 status as of April 30, 2014. Collaboratives may apply on behalf of districts (see Funding below). See the list of eligible districts with funding amounts in Additional Information.
Funding: Approximately 1,000,000 is available for FY2015 for the eligible districts, pending state appropriation. See the list of eligible districts in Additional Information for funding amounts. A district or collaborative may propose multiple partnerships in one grant application. A separate budget must be included for each partnership; one set of combined budget pages should be submitted for the district or collaborative that will be the lead agency.

There are three funding options:

  1. A district may apply for one or more partnerships with professional development providers such as colleges, universities, or organizations.

  2. A district may serve as a lead agency for a consortium of districts. There must be one narrative (Part III), a Schedule C Form, and one combined Part II budget detail that represents all partnerships. In addition, each district in the partnership must provide individual Part II budget detail information.

  3. A collaborative may apply on behalf of districts. There must be one narrative (Part III), a Schedule C Form, and one combined Part II budget detail for each partnership. In addition, each district the collaborative is working with must provide individual district Part II budget detail information.

Fund Use: These grant funds may be used only to support the grant priorities. Funds may be used for specific purposes, including:
  1. Providing professional development on the shifts in the standards of the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for ELA and Literacy and PARCC Model Content Frameworks for PK-6 teachers and administrators consistent with funding priorities;

  2. Providing leadership activities to enhance the implementation or adaption of model curriculum units;

  3. Purchasing instructional materials related to model curriculum unit design or implementation for students, including books and media for school and classroom libraries; professional development, substitutes, and stipends for participating teachers; and district planning to incorporate model curriculum units systemwide;

  4. Participating in the grant evaluation to be conducted by the UMass Donahue Institute; and

  5. Other related items.

Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2015
Program Unit: Office of Literacy and Humanities
Contacts: Tracey Martineau TMartineau@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: 413-519-8426
Date Due: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - This is a competitive grant. Competitive proposals must be received 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 (Upon Approval - 6/30/2015)
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Part II - FY15 Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages)
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Part III - Required Program Information (Narrative) and Instructions
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Part IV - Assurance from School District
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Part V - Assurance for each Participating School Principal
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Part VI - Assurance from Participating Partner
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Alignment of Priorities Form - to be signed by DSAC Regional Director or District Liaison (Urban School Turnaround Team).
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Schedule C Form (applicable only if two or more districts are submitting together)
Additional Information:
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Part VII - School District Eligibility
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Part VIII - Review Sheet for Evaluating Proposals
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Submission Checklist (for district use prior to submission)
Submission Instructions: Applicants must:
  1. Email the Part II Budget Detail pages and Part III Required Program Information (Narrative) to reading@doe.mass.edu.

  2. Mail two (2) hard copies, each with original signatures, of the signed cover page (Part I), Part II Budget Detail pages, Schedule C (if applicable), Assurances, and Part III Required Program Information (Narrative) to Alexia Cribbs.

Mail to:

Alexia Cribbs
Office of Literacy and Humanities
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

For questions regarding submission, please contact Alexia Cribbs at 781-338-3581.



Last Updated: June 5, 2014
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