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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Title II-B: Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MMSP)
Fund Code: 150-A

Purpose: The purpose of the MMSP program is to improve student achievement in science, technology/engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through intensive, effective professional development activities that focus on deepening teachers' content knowledge. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) has established the following goals for the MMSP program.
GOAL I Develop and implement an effective and sustained course of study for in-service teachers of STEM by integrating the courses of study into schools of arts and sciences and/or education at institutions of higher education.
GOAL II Increase the number of STEM teachers in the partner school districts who are licensed in the subject area(s) and grade level(s) they teach.
GOAL III Increase the number of STEM teachers in the partner school districts who participate in effective professional development and advance their content knowledge.
GOAL IV Develop and implement a systemic approach to STEM education by integrating professional development with district and school STEM improvement initiatives.
Priorities: Priority will be given to partnerships that:
  1. offer courses or courses of study for grades 5-12 mathematics and/or science and technology/engineering teachers. Mathematics courses for grades 5-12 teachers need to be aligned to the new Massachusetts Framework for Mathematics, and should promote a high level of understanding of the new Framework;
  2. offer courses or courses of study that engage participants in learning science and technology/engineering content throughinquiry-based learning experiences;*
  3. engagehigh need districtsin activities that integrate professional development with local STEM improvement initiatives;
* Please see Additional Information for Definitions of terms in italics.
General Requirements: Proposed MMSP partnership activities must address the following general requirements (specific requirements are outlined in the Required Program Information):
  1. at least 45 hours (per course) of effective, content-specific professional development for science, technology/engineering, and/or mathematics teachers, including special education teachers and teachers of English language learners. (At least 50% of the participating teachers must be from high need districts.*); [Please Note: The 45 hour course requirement does not apply to applicants that have received three consecutive years of funding from FY2009 through FY2011, since this cohort's activities will be focused on follow-up activities.]
  2. at least 24 hours of supplemental activities per course to guide the implementation of course content into standards-based instruction and facilitate connections between the course and district/school STEM initiatives;
  3. integration of the local evaluator into the initial program planning, a formalized program evaluation, and compliance with state and federal reporting requirements;
Proposed MMSP partnerships are encouraged to include additional activities for the high need districtsthat integrate the professional development with local STEM improvement initiatives (e.g., improvement plans, curriculum alignment or instructional documents, instructional leadership training and protocols, and/or Individual Professional Development Plans). Additional MMSP partnership activities mayinclude:
  1. creating or updating district/school STEM alignment documents and/or STEM school improvement plans;
  2. developing tools to assess teachers' STEM professional development needs (of all teachers in the identified content area(s) and level(s)) to inform their Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDP); and/or
  3. providing instructional leadership training to facilitate effective site-basedsupplemental activities and standards-based instruction incorporating the new (2011) Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework, and/or the Science, Engineering/Technology Framework.
Eligibility: MMSP Partnerships that received funding for the first or third year in FY2011 are eligible to apply for an FY2012 continuation grant.

Partnerships are required to continue to work with core partners as established in the initial award. Additional high need school districts may be added. (See the list of High Need Districts under Additional Information.)

A minimum of fifty percent of the teachers participating in a partnership's activities must be employed in an MMSP qualifying high need school district.

High Need School District

Any district classified in FY2011 as high need remains high need for this program. New high need districts can be added using the FY2012Massachusetts Math/Science Partnership Qualifying High Needs Districts List.
Funding: Approximately $450,000 will be available for these grants. The level of funding for continuation grant awards will depend primarily upon the number of teacher participants and the number of students affected. In order to be cost effective, the cost per teacher participant should be approximately $2,000 per course. (This is an estimate and may be lower or higher depending upon the proposed program activities.)
Fund Use: Funds awarded shall be used to supplement, not supplant, state and/or local funds that would otherwise be used for proposed activities.
  1. Funds maybe used to support STEM professional development programs, course development, and activities that integrate the professional development with local STEM improvement initiatives in high need districts.
  2. Funds maybe used for administrative costs, stipends, substitutes, materials for professional development, program evaluation, program dissemination, travel to state and national Title II-B meetings, etc. Note: Grant funds may not be allocated to pay for both a participant's graduate credit tuition and to provide a stipend.
  3. Funds maynotbe used for equipment, space rental, or food.
  4. Funds maynotbe used for equipment or instructional materials for the students of the participating teachers.
  5. Funds maynotbe used for full-time staff positions.
Indirect costs, if charged, must be at the Department's approved rate and may not exceed a rate of 8% for non-school districts.
  1. Administrative costs and indirect costs combined maynotexceed 20% of the total budget.
  2. Consultant fees maynotexceed $100 per hour, up to $750 per day.
All budgets and budget descriptions must be aligned with the program activities and reflect any coordinated uses of resources from other sources.
Project Duration: 9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Contact: Carol Lach
Phone Number: (781) 338-3532
Date Due: Monday, July 18, 2011.

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms: Forms to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011
Download MS EXCEL file  All forms are included in the MMSP Application Workbook
  1. Section I - Signature Pages - including:
    1. Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants -Cover Page FY2012 (9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012)
    2. Partner Contributions and Commitments (for new partners only)
    3. Statement of Assurances
  2. Section II - General - including:
    1. Title and Abstract
    2. Project Impact
    3. Contact Information
  3. Section III - Required Program Information - including:
    1. Reflections and Modifications
    2. Courses and Activities
    3. Timeline
    4. Evaluation Plan Summary
  4. Budget Pages - including:
    1. Project Expenditures
    2. Budget Details
    3. Cumulative Budget
Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Required Information Summary
  2. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  FY2012 High Needs Districts List
  3. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Definitions of Terms
  4.   View HTML Page  New Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (ELA and Mathematics) Resources
Submission Instructions: The MMSP application package may be downloaded from the Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) web site. One complete copy of the application workbook with two copies of the signed Cover Page and Partner Contributions and Commitments (if adding new partners) should be mailed to Carol Lach. The application workbook and any related documents should be submitted electronically to clach@doe.mass.edu" with 2012 MMSP Continuation Application" in the subject line.

Mail one complete copy of the application with 2 original signature pages to:

Carol Lach
Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: June 27, 2011
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