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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Title II-B: Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MMSP)
Fund Code: 150-A

Purpose: The purpose of the program is to improve student achievement in science, technology/engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through intensive, effective professional development activities that focus on deepening educator's knowledge of subject matter standards, disciplinary practices, and student learning.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has established the following goals for the MMSP program.
Develop and implement an effective and sustained course of study for in-service educators of STEM by integrating the courses of study into schools of arts and sciences and/or education at institutions of higher education.
Develop and implement a systemic approach to STEM education by integrating professional development with district and school STEM improvement initiatives.
Increase the number of STEM educators in the partner school districts who participate in effective professional development and advance their content knowledge and effective instructional practices.
Identify credible, instructionally useful measures of student learning that measure student impact relative to subject matter standards in the professional development course(s).

Eligibility: MMSP Partnerships that received funding for the first in FY2016 are eligible to apply for an FY2017 continuation grant to continue their work with core partners as established in the previous award. Additional partners may be added.

A minimum of fifty percent of the teachers participating in a partnership's activities must be employed in an MMSP qualifying high need school district. (See the list of Massachusetts Math/Science Partnership Qualifying High Need Districts under Additional Information.)

[Cohort 9 Partnerships were competitive in FY2016. These partnerships are eligible to apply for continuation grants each fiscal year, for a total grant of 3 fiscal years. Continuation grant awards are contingent upon program funding by Congress and yearly progress towards meeting the goals and objectives established for the program.]

General Requirements: Proposed MMSP partnership activities must address the following general requirements (specific requirements are outlined in the Required Program Information):
  1. at least 45 hours (per course) of effective professional development (PD) for STEM educators relevant to STEM topics in state standards and the student learning measures to be developed. The PD should include special education teachers and teachers of English language learners as possible. The PD should focus on:

    Mathematical Rigor: balancing conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application. Grades 3-8, with a focus on proportional reasoning; and/or

    Science and Technology/Engineering: balancing disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and application. Kindergarten - High School implementation of the revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) standards.

    Other grades may be included if it substantively supports the work in the target grades.

  2. at least 24 hours of follow-up activities per course to guide the implementation of standards-based instruction and facilitate connections between the PD course(s) and student learning measures. See additional activities below for possible connections to school and district work.

  3. development and implementation of student learning measures related to STEM subject matter standards and disciplinary practices. These measures may include, but shall not be limited to: portfolios, approved commercial assessments and district-developed pre and post unit and course assessments, and capstone projects.

  4. integration of the state evaluator into program planning and compliance with state and federal reporting requirements; (See Additional Information for the MMSP Evaluation Approach for Partnerships)

  5. at least 50% of the participating educators must be from high need districts; (See Additional Information for the High Needs District List)

  6. all professional development initiatives funded by this grant program will be implemented in accordance with the Massachusetts Standards for Professional Development. In addition to the planning practices described in this RFP, the district must affirm that any professional development conducted with the use of grant funds meets Massachusetts Standards for Professional Development. (See Additional Information for the Massachusetts Standard for Professional Development.)

    These standards encourage a set of coherent learning experiences that is systematic, purposeful, and structured over a sustained period of time with the goal of improving teacher practice and student outcomes. High quality PD enables educators to facilitate the learning of students by acquiring and applying knowledge, skills, and abilities that address student needs and improvement goals of the district, school, and individual.

Proposed MMSP partnerships are encouraged to include additional activities for the high need districts that integrate the professional development with local STEM improvement initiatives (e.g., improvement plans, curriculum alignment or instructional documents, instructional leadership training and protocols, and/or Individual Professional Development Plans). Additional MMSP partnership activities may include:
  1. creating district/school STEM documents aligned to the Frameworks and/or STEM school improvement plans/curriculum;

  2. creating district/school STEM documents for the implementation and/or transition plans for the revised STE standards.

  3. providing instructional leadership training to facilitate effective site-based supplemental activities and standards-based instruction or evaluation of instruction that incorporates the Curriculum Frameworks.

  4. Providing additional team or professional learning community (PLC) time for teachers to analyze data from common student learning measures and adjust measures or assessments.

Funding: Approximately $800,000 will be available for these grants. The level of funding for continuation grant awards will depend primarily upon the number of teacher participants and the number of students impacted. The initial level of funding could change during the year based on changes in the awarded program (e.g. scope, course, follow-up activities, number of participants, or number of course(s)). The grant budget may be amended up or down to reflect the program changes. Grant recipients are required to contact the program liaison to discuss any proposed change to the awarded program.

In order to be cost effective, the cost per teacher participant should be approximately $2,300 per course. (This is an estimate and may be lower or higher depending upon the proposed program activities.)
Fund Use: Funds awarded shall be used to supplement, not supplant, state and/or local funds that would otherwise be used for proposed activities.
  1. Funds may be used to support STEM professional development programs, course development, student learning growth measures development and activities that integrate the professional development with student learning growth measures development and administration and with local STEM improvement initiatives.

  2. Funds may be used for administrative costs, stipends, substitutes, materials for professional development, program evaluation, program dissemination, travel to state and national Title II-B meetings, etc. Note: Grant funds may not be allocated to pay for both a participant's graduate credit tuition and to provide a stipend.

  3. Funds may not be used for equipment (costing more than $5000 per unit), space rental, or food.

  4. Funds may not be used for equipment or instructional materials for the students of the participating teachers.

  5. Funds may not be used for full-time staff positions.

  6. 10% of the total proposal must be set aside for the state evaluator, University of Massachusetts Donahue institute.

  7. Indirect costs, if charged, must be at the Department's approved rate and may not exceed a rate of 8%.

  8. Administrative costs and indirect costs combined may not exceed 20% of the total budget.

  9. Consultant fees may not exceed $100 per hour, up to $750 per day.

All budgets and budget descriptions must be aligned with the program activities and reflect any coordinated uses of resources from other sources.

Project Duration: 9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017
Program Unit: Science, Technology/Engineering, and Mathematics
Contact: Anne DeMallie
Phone Number: (781) 338-3527
Date Due: Monday, August 8, 2016
Proposals must be received at the Department 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)
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Part II — Project Expenditures — Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
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Part III — Required Program Information and Application
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Part IV — Partner Contributions and Commitments (for new partners only)
Additional Information:
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2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Mathematics
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Draft Revised Science and Technology/Engineering Standards
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MMSP Evaluation Approach for Partnerships
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High Needs Districts List
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Massachusetts Standard for Professional Development
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Guidance for MMSP STEM Syllabus and a Sample
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Definitions of Terms
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Scoring Rubric
Submission Instructions: Submit 1 hardcopy set of the complete application package with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director and a complete electronic copy to Anne DeMallie at with "Applying Organization's name and FY17 MMSP Continuation" in the subject line. The due date of August 8, 2016 also applies to both hard copy and electronic submission.

Anne DeMallie
Science, Technology/Engineering, and Mathematics
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: July 8, 2016
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