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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) particularly in the middle school level, through intensive, effective professional development activities that focus on deepening educator's knowledge of subject matter standards, disciplinary practices and student learning. This grant program is also intended to promote the advancement of District Determined Measures (DDMs) to assess student growth and inform educator development.

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.
Identify credible, instructionally useful measures of student growth and select, develop, and pilot District Determined Measures (DDMs) that measure student growth relative to subject matter standards.
Increase the number of STEM educators in the partner school districts who participate in effective professional development and advance their knowledge of subject matter standards, disciplinary practices and student learning.
Develop and implement a systemic approach to STEM education by integrating professional development with district and school STEM improvement initiatives.

Eligibility: MMSP Partnerships that received funding for the second year 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.

MMSP Partnerships that received funding for the third year in FY2016 are eligible to apply for an FY2017 continuation grant to complete previously planned supplemental, follow up, and/or evaluation activity associated with the initial award.

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 7 Partnerships were competitive in FY2014 and Cohort 8 Partnerships were competitive in FY2015. These partnerships were/are eligible to apply for continuation grants each fiscal year, for a total grant of 3 calendar years. Continuation grant awards were/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. development and implementation of District-Determined Measures of student learning growth related to middle school STEM subject matter standards, disciplinary practices and student learning that are comparable across a grade or subject, district-wide. 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. (See Additional Information for District Determined Measures)

  2. at least 45 hours (per course) of effective, subject matter professional development (PD) for middle school STEM educators relevant to STEM topics in state standards and the DDMs to be developed, to include special education teachers and teachers of English language learners. (See Additional Information for links to STEM curriculum frameworks)

  3. at least 24 hours of supplemental activities per course to guide the implementation of standards-based instruction and facilitate connections between the PD course(s) and DDMs;

  4. PD must include instruction and assessment of standards for mathematics and/or science and engineering practices as student outcomes;

  5. 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)

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

  7. 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.)

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

  3. providing additional team or professional learning community (PLC) time for teachers to analyze data from common DDMs and adjust DDMs or assessments.

Funding: Approximately $1,100,000 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. 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, DDMs development and activities that integrate the professional development with DDM 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 is 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.

Mail to:
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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