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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

District and School Assistance Grant Amendment
Fund Code: 143

Purpose: This is an amendment to the FY12 District and School Assistance Grant. Resources from Federal Title II-A Improving Teacher Quality funds are being added to this grant program. The purpose of which is to support improvement in Level 3 districts, districts that were Level 3 in FY11, three eligible Level 4 districts (i.e., Gill-Montague, Randolph, and Southbridge) and their schools through participation in regionally based professional development and assistance initiatives associated with the District and School Assistance Centers (DSACs). DSAC regional assistance is designed to enhance district and regional capacity to plan, implement, and sustain practices to improve student performance and is aligned with the Massachusetts District Accountability and Assistance Framework.
Priorities: Grant funds will provide support to districts for expenses for staff to participate in initiatives and activities that align with the Download MS WORD document  ESE District Standards and Indicators, including ESE approved professional development courses and/or to access other school and district improvement assistance offered through or agreed upon by the District and School Assistance Centers' Regional Assistance Directors.

Priority will be given to initiatives and activities aligned with one of more of the priority goals of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: College and Career Readiness; Educator Effectiveness; Grade 3 Literacy; Grade 8 Mathematics; Turning Around Low Performing Schools; and Data Systems.
Eligibility: Level 3 districts, districts that were Level 3 in FY11, and the following Level 4 districts: Gill-Montague, Randolph, Southbridge. (See attached FY12 District and School Assistance Grant Allocation List.) NOTE: These are the same districts that received District and School Assistance Grant allocations from fund code 323-B, Title I School Improvement Funds; and fund code 220-E, State Targeted Assistance Funds in October 2011.
Funding: An additional $840,724 is available through Federal Title IIA Improving Teacher Quality funds to be distributed among the eligible districts in the six DSAC regions. See attached FY12 District and School Assistance Title IIA Grant Allocation List.

Allocations are based on the total enrollment in Level 2 and 3 schools in eligible districts, and total enrollment for single-school districts. Allocation rates for districts exiting Level 3 status in FY12 are 50% of those for current Level 3 districts.
Fund Use: Fund use must be consistent with the priorities described above and requirements associated with the following funding sources:

Title II-A Improving Teacher Quality (Fund Code 143) may be used to support priority strategic professional development and assistance initiatives designed to raise performance in the eligible districts and any of their schools. Title IIA funds may be used through August 31, 2012. Funds must supplement, and not supplant, non-federal funds that would otherwise be used for activities authorized under this grant.


Funds may be used for the following:
  1. Vendor costs on a per participant basis for educators to participate in regional or statewide ESE-approved professional development in literacy or mathematics courses;
  2. Vendor costs on a per course basis for funding an ESE-approved professional development course in literacy or mathematics for delivery in the district or in partnership with other districts.
  3. Stipends for educators to participate in designated professional development beyond contractual hours or payment for substitutes while teachers participate in professional development in ESE approved courses in all content areas and DSAC assistance activities;
  4. In-state travel and mileage associated with attendance at professional development;
  5. Materials or supplies related to professional development and other technical assistance;
  6. Other costs related to school and district improvement initiatives with written approval by the DSAC Regional Assistance Director (See Part III Required Information Plan for District and School Assistance Grant Fund Use.)
Funds may not be used to provide refreshments.

Funds may not used for purchase of technology.
Project Duration: Federal Title IIA: Upon Approval - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: School Improvement Grant Programs and Regional System of Support
Contact: Karen Johnston kjohnston@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3539
Date Due: Districts must indicate their intent to use these funds, through email to Karen Johnston or through submission of a completed proposal, by April 30, 2012. Funds from any district that has not indicated intent to submit a proposal by April 30, 2012 will be re-allocated.

Complete proposals may be submitted at any time before the grant deadline of May 11, 2012 and will be processed as they are received. No proposals will be accepted after May 11, 2012.
Required Forms: To apply for funding, submit a grant application that includes all of the required forms.
  1. Download MS EXCEL file  Part I and II - Electronic Budget Workbook (includes the Standard Contract and Application for Program Grants, and Budget Detail Pages
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III Required Information Plan for District and School Assistance Grant Fund Use. Districts will use this form to provide a narrative describing how grant funds will be used, their rationale for using funds in this way, and their plans for supporting ongoing implementation of grant-funded activities and initiatives once the grant ends.
Additional Information: Download MS EXCEL file  Appendix D: FY12 District and School Assistance Title IIA Grant Allocation List. This list provides information about district allocations by fund code.
Submission Instructions: Mail two (2) copies of Signature Page with the original signature of the Superintendent to:

Karen Johnston
Office for the Regional System of Support
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Email the Budget Workbook and required program information to:

schoolimprovementgrants@doe.mass.edu


Last Updated: April 9, 2012
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