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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

The Massachusetts Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Partnership Continuation Grant
Fund Code: 246

Purpose: The purpose of The Massachusetts Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Partnership Grant is to increase access to evidence-based professional development, including face-to-face and online training and technical assistance, products, services, and activities. This evidence-based professional development, provided by ESE and identified partners through a federally funded professional development grant, will enable Massachusetts educators to better serve students, ages 3-21, including students with disabilities, and their families. The five-year MTSS Partnership Grant will create model sites within each of the six regions in Massachusetts that demonstrate the systemic implementation of evidence-based practices within a tiered system of support.

This grant program supports the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's mission to prepare all students to succeed in the world that awaits them after high school by supporting the following agency goals:
  • Strengthen curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Improve educator effectiveness
  • Use technology and data effectively to support student achievement
Priorities: The priorities of this grant program build upon and enhance Massachusetts' system of professional development. Priorities include:
  1. Engaging educators in evidence-based professional development activities, provided by ESE and identified partners, in content areas that include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Secondary Transition, Family Engagement, Social Emotional Needs of Children and Families in K-12 and in the Mixed Delivery System, Academic Content Areas, and District-level Structures and Supports;
  2. Supporting educators in the implementation of newly acquired evidence-based knowledge and skills; and
  3. Providing opportunities for educators and families from across the Commonwealth to observe the implementation of evidence-based practices within a tiered system of support at regional model sites.
Eligibility:Eligibility is limited to the following districts: Attleboro, Chelsea, Methuen, Pittsfield, West Springfield, and Winchendon. These districts are participating in The Partnership Project, a federally funded five year grant.

Funding:A total of $190,956 is available for this grant program in FY17. Funding for FY17 (7/1/16 - 6/30/17) is $31,826 per district. In 2012, Attleboro, Chelsea, Pittsfield, West Springfield and Winchendon were selected through a competitive process to participate in this five year grant program. In 2013, Methuen was selected through a competitive process to also participate in this five year grant program.

Fund Use: Funds must be used for professional development activities related to The MTSS Partnership Grant.

Funds may be used for:
  • Stipends for educators participating in and/or leading professional development activities, including Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Participation in conferences, courses, summer institutes, or other professional development opportunities supported by The MTSS Partnership Grant
Funds may be used for:
  • Substitutes
  • Travel/mileage (related to The MTSS Partnership Grant professional development activities)
  • Materials, supplies, and technology to support trainings or professional development (limited to 10% of the total award)
  • Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System (MTRS) (related to stipends only)
  • Consultants (limited to 10% of the total award)
Funds may not be used for:
  • Materials for students
  • Salaries
  • Fringe benefits
  • Food or beverages
  • Indirect costs
Project Duration:Year 4: 7/1/16 - 6/30/17
Program Unit:State System of Supports
Contact:Madeline Levine mlevine@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number:(781) 338-3381
Date Due:Rolling Submission

Required Forms:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download Excel Document
Part II — Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information and Application
Submission Instructions: Mail three (3) sets of the complete application package (signature page, budget details and application) with at least one signature page that has an original signature to:

Madeline Levine
Office of Tiered System of Supports
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

For questions regarding submission, please contact Madeline Levine at mlevine@doe.mass.edu, or call 781-338-3381.



Last Updated: July 6, 2016
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