|Purpose: ||The purpose of this competitive federal grant program is to help ensure that Massachusetts has an adequate number of teachers who have the tools to properly instruct students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and to communicate using American Sign Language (ASL) in their classrooms.|
||The priorities of this project build upon and enhance a collaborative, sustainable model for growing the field of educators in Massachusetts who are licensed to teach students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing using American Sign Language/Total Communication. Priorities include development of:
a collaborative pre-service model that will result in teacher candidates meeting the requirements for Initial License as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication - 603 CMR 7.06(27);
a collaborative in-service model that will result in educators in Massachusetts having a greater awareness of instructing and accommodating students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and who communicate using American Sign Language in their classrooms, and/or meeting the requirements for Professional License as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: ASL/Total Communication; and
a varied and multi-faceted model of course delivery - including distance-learning, satellite programming, and affordable tuition - that will promote enrollment through wide accessibility.
|Eligibility: ||The grant application must be submitted jointly by a Massachusetts institution of higher education with a school district, educational collaborative, or a Massachusetts private special education school program approved under 603 CMR 28.09 that educates Massachusetts students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The institution of higher education must be a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved preparation program for the Teachers of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication license. The collaborating school district or Massachusetts approved private special education school program must commit to providing matching funds. The institution of higher education must demonstrate the ability to generate tuition revenue that will sustain the growth of the program after Year Three.|
||A total of $90,000 is available for this three-year project. This is Year 1 of the project. Funds are subject to appropriation and successful completion of grant activities during each Fiscal Year.
Year One (FY17)
July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Year Two (FY18)
July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Year Three (FY19)
July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
|Fund Use: ||Funds may be used for stipends, salaries, advertising costs, software, and in-direct costs of no more than 9% of the grant award. Funds may not be used for tuition.|
|Project Duration: ||Upon Approval 06/30/2017|
Continuation of funding will be available for a total grant period of two (2) years.
|Program Unit: ||Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office|
|Contact: ||Lauren Viviani|
|Phone Number: ||(781) 338-3372|
|Date Due: ||Monday, September 26, 2016|
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Part I General Program Unit Signature Page (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
||The recipient must commit to provide the following information within 60 days from the end of the grant period:
the final enrollment totals for each course; and
an evaluation report.
||Submit two (2) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.
Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906