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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Professional Development Materials for Early Literacy Participant Districts
Fund Code: 741

Purpose: The purpose of the Professional Development Materials for Early Literacy Participant Districts competitive grant is to provide funding to participating districts to obtain materials that support implementation and instruction following the Statewide Early Literacy Institutes.

Priorities: The priority of this grant is to promote comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate approaches to early literacy through implementation of research-based practices and structures for center-based learning, defined as; a response to how young children think and learn independently, collaboratively and successfully through open-ended and purposeful, hands-on, active learning that engages children of all levels in thinking, problem solving, decision-making and choice.

Eligibility: Districts that worked through Collaboratives that received funding under Focus on Early Literacy Grant (Fund Code 734) FY17 are eligible to apply for this grant for educators from the schools that sent representation and participated in all three Statewide Early Literacy Institutes (a list of eligible schools is attached).

Funding: This project is funded from state appropriation 7010-0033 Literacy Programs.
Funds available for this grant are approximately $84,200. Final amount of funding per district will be determined during final review of the grant.

Fund Use: Materials:
Districts can purchase materials for educators that support professional learning or student learning (i.e. text sets) aligned to the content provided at the Focus on Early Literacy grant's Statewide Early Literacy Institutes and Regional Network Meetings.

Examples of professional books include:
  • Leaders of their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment, by Ron Berger
  • Cultivating Knowledge, Building Language: Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners, by Nonie Lesaux
  • Making Assessment Matter: Using Test Results to Differentiate Reading Instruction, by Nonie Lesaux
Examples of text sets can be found at:

Project Duration: Upon approval through 6/30/2017
Program Unit: Instructional Support, Office of Literacy and Humanities
Contacts: Lauren McBride
Phone Number: (781) 338-6242 (office)
(781) 605-4957 (cell)

Date Due: Friday, April 14, 2017
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program)
Download Excel Document
Part II - Budget Detail Pages (include both pages; include daily or hourly rates, numbers of staff, etc.)
Download Word Document
Part III - Required Program Information
Download Word Document
Part IV - Assurance from Participating District
Download Word Document
Part V - Assurance from Participating School

Additional Information:
Download Word Document
Score Card
Download Word Document
Eligible Schools

Submission Instructions: Email the workbook, the workbook, application, and related documents through the Security Portal to reading@doe.mass.edu.

All documents submitted electronically must be web accessible. For more information, visit: Preparing an MS Office document for the Web.



Last Updated: April 3, 2017
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