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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2020

Perkins Teacher Externship Summer Program Grant
Fund Code: 404

Purpose:The purpose of this competitive grant opportunity is to select an organization to serve as Administrator for a summer Teacher Externship Program designed for 48 teachers placed in externships at local employer sites for a minimum of 50 hours, supporting their integration of instructional practices by exposing them to "All Aspects of Industry." This program will enable participating teachers to experience new and emerging technologies to ensure more rigor and relevance in their program curricula and instructional teaching methods. The Teacher Externship Program is designed for selected academic and technical teachers who deliver instruction to students enrolled in high schools that receive Perkins funding. Local Workforce Development Boards (WDB's) will identify the teachers and employer sites that will participate in this summer program through a planning phase that will be finalized by early June. WDB's will select employer sites experiencing the skill gaps identified via the Commonwealth's "Regional Blueprint" process, which addresses labor market needs across the Commonwealth.

Priorities: The Administrator of the Teacher Externship program will:
  • Provide overall management and oversight of the program.
  • Convene an initial meeting with all teachers in the Externship Cohort prior to placement at the worksite to communicate program expectations.
  • Provide support for all teachers during their externships. Teachers are required to develop one or more high quality lessons to be delivered in their classes next school year relating to the externship.
  • Collect and disseminate all lesson plans developed by teachers and organize a process for teachers to share their lessons more broadly.
  • Develop and document a payment system for participating teachers to receive financial compensation and ensure that all stipends earned are remitted to participating teachers in two installments, the first half paid on or around July 31 and the other no later than August 31, 2019. Teachers will receive stipends of $7,000 each.
  • Create a system to document and issue Professional Development Points and/or credits to participants.
  • Convene a final meeting with all teachers in the Externship Cohort to share lessons learned; share notable experiences; and discuss program goals and outcomes, including the identification of "All Aspects of Industry," including but not limited to: safety, equipment, software technologies, facility, entrepreneurship, and career readiness.

Eligibility:Organization with capacity to deliver all required elements of the grant with a proven record of supporting teacher professional development opportunities. Priority will be given to applicants who have administered similar programs in the past.

Funding: An approximate total of up to $400,000 will be available through federal Perkins funds.

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

Funding Type:Federal CFDA 84.048

Fund Use:$336,000 must be set aside for teacher stipends. The remaining $64,000 may be used to provide required services and program administration. Funds shall supplement and shall not supplant non-Federal funds.

Project Duration:Upon Approval (no earlier than 7/1/19) – 8/31/2019 with renewal possible, for a total grant period of three (3) years (FY20–FY22). Renewal and continued funding in years two (FY21) and three (FY22) will be contingent upon implementation of grant-required activities, satisfactory performance, the appropriation of federal funds, and the continuance of federal authorizing legislation.

Program Unit:College, Career, and Technical Education

Contact:Jennifer Gwatkin, (781) 338-3954
Date Due:Friday, April 19, 2019

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on April 19, 2019.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)

Download Excel Document
Part II — FY20 Budget

Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information

Additional Information:
View HTML Page
Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual and Perkins Act

Submission Instructions: Email complete proposal in PDF format to Jennifer Gwatkin by 5:00PM on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget and Part I in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.



Last Updated: March 28, 2019
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