Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016
Secondary Transition Systemic Improvement Grant
Fund Code: 243
|Purpose: ||The purpose of this grant program is to support the development of systemic school district best practices in Secondary Transition, to promote positive postschool outcomes for students with IEPs aged 14-21. This grant is aligned with a Results Driven Accountability (RDA) framework, focusing on improving educational results and functional outcomes for students with disabilities.|
This grant program provides funding to public school districts in Massachusetts State Performance Plan (SPP) Cohort 1 who have been notified by September 30, 2015 that they are conducting Indicator 13 data collection during the 2015-2016 school year and who have 5 or more students with IEPs aged 14-21 enrolled.
||The priorities of this grant align with the following Department-wide goals:
Successful grant proposals will focus on one of the following priorities:
- Strengthen curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Improve educator effectiveness
- Use data and technology to support student performance
- Support the social, emotional, and health needs of students and families.
Successful grant proposals will articulate how proposed activities will contribute to systemic best practices in the chosen priority area and will describe data-driven methods to achieve and track outcomes. Proposals must focus on the development and sustainability of best practices, rather than on programming only for specific students.
- Systems and protocols for person-centered planning and the provision of high-quality, individualized transition assessment
- Student-led IEPs and other means to promote student self-determination
- Community-based programming for students aged 18-22, including work-based learning opportunities and the development of soft skills
- Building educator capacity to engage with employers and support students to gain competitive integrated employment
- The development of systems and methods to encourage meaningful parent engagement in Secondary Transition
- Relationship-building and close collaborations with adult service agencies, including the development of interagency councils
An electronic report on grant activities and resulting outcomes is required. An online link to the grant report form will be emailed to grant recipients by December 1, 2016, and the report should be completed and submitted to the Department by January 30, 2017.
Plans or programs to be developed should:
Proposals will be organized according to an explicit theory of action, detailing:
- Be evidence-based.
- Align with school-and district-wide initiatives and programs such as:
- College/Career Initiatives (e.g., Connecting Activities, the Massachusetts Model for School Counseling, MassGrad, etc.);
- Social-Emotional Learning Curricula;
- Individual Learning Plans (ILPs);
- Tiered System of Supports;
- STEM initiatives;
- wraparound zones.
- Leverage whole-school and community resources such as:
- Students and Families;
- State Agencies;
- Non-profit and Cultural Organizations;
- Institutions of Higher Education;
- Local Businesses, Workforce Investment Boards, Career Centers, Chambers of Commerce.
Proposals will state explicit S.M.A.R.T. goals for administrators, educators, and students.
- The rationale and goals for the initiative;
- An action plan;
- The titles and roles of personnel who will be involved; and
- How the effectiveness of the initiative will be evaluated, sustained, and improved over time.
If you will braid funds from this grant with other funds, or if you will use in-kind resources, you will be asked in the Required Program Information to detail the source and nature of these other funds or in-kind resources.
|Eligibility: ||Eligible to apply for this grant are those public school districts in Massachusetts State Performance Plan (SPP) Cohort 1 who have been notified by September 30, 2015 that they are conducting Indicator 13 data collection during the 2015-2016 school year and who have 5 or more students with IEPs aged 14-21 enrolled. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 20, 2016, but only after the district has successfully uploaded complete Indicator 13 data to the ESE Security Portal. Grant applications will not be accepted before Indicator 13 data is submitted or after April 20, 2016. See Appendix A for a list of eligible district applicants and allocation amounts.|
||Upon Approval - 8/31/16
A total of $800,000 is available, subject to federal appropriation.
Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $40,000.
See Appendix A for a list of eligible district applicants and allocation amounts.
||Funds may be used for:
Funds may not be used at any time for:
- Computer software
- Conference registration
- Consultant fees
- In-State Travel
- Instructional materials or supplies
- Membership and subscriptions
- MTRS/Fringe (related to stipends only)
- Printing and reproduction
- Computer hardware
- Food and refreshments
- Indirect costs
- Out-of-State Travel
- Staff salaries
||Upon Approval 8/31/2016
All grant-funded activities must be completed by the end of August 2016.
An electronic report on grant activities and resulting outcomes is required. An online link to the grant report form will be emailed to grant recipients by December 1, 2016, and the report should be completed and submitted by January 30, 2017.
|Program Unit: ||Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office|
|Contacts: ||Amanda Green|
|Date Due: ||Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a final submission deadline of April 20, 2016, but only after the district has successfully uploaded complete FFY2015 Indicator 13 data to the ESE Security Portal. Grant applications will not be accepted before Indicator 13 data is submitted or after April 20, 2016.|
Part I General Program Unit Signature Page (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
Part III Required Program Information
Appendix A Eligible District Names and Grant Amounts
||Email pdf of complete application, including signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director, to:
Grace Willis, email@example.com.