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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Massachusetts Early Literacy Intervention Program
Fund Code: 574

Purpose:This state-funded competitive grant program provides funds to support ongoing professional development for Reading Recovery, an early literacy tutorial program, designed as a short-term intervention program for children struggling with reading in first grade.
Priorities: Research demonstrates that the majority of students can learn to read and write through effective classroom instruction. Some students, however, need short-term individualized intervention. This grant is designed to support:
  • Districts with a Reading Recovery program that includes:
    1. a process for identifying the students most in need of additional literacy support by the middle of first grade;
    2. ongoing professional development support in early literacy intervention for teachers implementing the program; and
    3. ongoing documentation and evaluation of results, including subsequent referral to special education, retention, or long-term reading services.
  • Educational collaboratives, along with school districts that are Reading Recovery training sites, to support a Reading Recovery regional training site for the ongoing professional development the helps teachers provide the early intervention literacy program. The training site program should include long-term university-based ongoing professional development for future teacher trainers that:
    1. requires teacher trainers to participate in concurrent training and implementation of the tutorial;
    2. has ongoing professional development curriculum centering on theory of literacy acquisition, teaching practice, and leadership; and
    3. results in a regional training site that coordinates data collection and reports program results in an annual report.
Eligibility: Only Certified Reading Recovery Training Sites as defined by the Reading Recovery Council of North America are eligible to apply.

Districts/collaboratives interested in establishing a training site may find additional information by:
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Visiting the Reading Recovery Council of North America website
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Reviewing the Reading Recovery Council of North America's Standards and Guidelines
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Contacting the Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative, that is the only Reading Recovery University Training Center in Massachusetts
Funding:A total of $400,000 is available to fund the program statewide. Funds will be allocated to Reading and Recovery training sites that apply for the grant based on the number of Reading Recovery teachers that will receive their professional development at a given site.
Fund Use:Funds must be used for professional development of Reading Recovery teachers including training, continuing contact, and related expenses. Certified Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders who have participated in intensive year-long training at Lesley University to become Teacher Leaders conduct the training at all sites.

Regional training sites may request funds to train Teacher Leaders, and to pay Teacher Leader affiliation fees, and Teacher Leader Institute travel. If funds are planned for training of a Teacher Leader, an application must be on file with the Massachusetts Teacher Leader Training Site prior to submitting a grant proposal. This application is available by calling (6l7) 349-8165.
Project Duration:Upon approval - 6/30/2017
Program Unit:Office of Literacy and Humanities
Contact:Alice Barton
abarton@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-6354

Please cc all email communications to:
reading@doe.mass.edu
Date Due:Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
Download Excel Document
Electronic Workbook*:
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B).
Part III — Program
*Opening Instructions: The Workbook is a Microsoft Excel file which includes macros that enable the workbook to compute totals and summary tables. For Microsoft Office 2007, save the workbook as an earlier version of Excel (.xls not .xlsx).
Additional Information:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Review Sheet for Evaluating Proposals (Scoring Guide)
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Submission Checklist (for district use prior to submission)
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Submissions Directions
Submission Instructions:
  1. Upload all required forms into the district's literacy folder in the Security Portal — the Workbook, with Part I including the signature of the Superintendent or Executive Director, Parts II and III and related documents.

  2. Mail two (2) hard copies of the signed copy of the Cover Sheet (Part I) with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director; and Part II of the Massachusetts Early Literacy Intervention Program Electronic Workbook to:

    Alexia Cribbs
    Office of Literacy and Humanities
    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148



Last Updated: October 5, 2016
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