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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Title II-B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant Opportunity
Fund Code: 150-B

Introduction and Background: Title II, Part B, of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) authorizes the Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership (MMSP) grant program. The intent of this competitive grant program is to encourage districts and institutions of higher education to collaborate in professional development activities that increase the subject matter knowledge and improve the standards-based instructional practices of science, technology/engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers.

Funds for new partnerships through this 2011-2012 MMSP competitive grant program will be awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. For FY2012, approximately $900,000 is available for new MMSP awards.
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 has established the following goals for the MMSP program.
GOAL IDevelop and implement an effective and sustained course of study for inservice teachers of STEM by integrating the courses of study into schools of arts and sciences and/or education at institutions of higher education.
GOAL IIIncrease 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 IIIIncrease the number of STEM teachers in the partner school districts who participate in effective professional development and advance their content knowledge.
GOAL IVDevelop and implement a systemic approach to STEM education by integrating professional development with district and school STEM improvement initiatives.
Priority: The Board and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education have established five priority areas for public pre-K-12 education in Massachusetts. The MMSP grant program is designed to align with three of the priority areas: to improve mathematics performance in the middle grades, 4-8; to improve educator effectiveness through ongoing and systemic professional development; and to better prepare students for college and careers, grades 6-12.

Priority will be given to proposed MMSP partnerships that develop and offer a program of professional development for middle school STEM teachers that supports implementation of their subject area standards by drawing connections across disciplines and strengthening their ability to link mathematics and science concepts and skills to deepen students understanding.*

The professional development program should help teachers:
  • deepen their content knowledge and understanding of the mathematical content and practice standards in order to implement effectively the 2011 Mathematics Curriculum Framework and to understand and effectively integrate the standards for literacy in science and technical subjects to support student content learning and improve achievement in grades 5-8 mathematics;
  • deepen their content knowledge and understanding of the Massachusetts science and technology/engineering content standards and the eight scientific and engineering practices articulated in Chapter 3 of the National Research Council's (NRC)Conceptual Framework and to understand and effectively integrate the standards for literacy in science and technical subjects to support student content learning and improve achievement in grades 5-8 science and technology/engineering.
(See Additional Information for the NRC document, the 2011 Mathematics Curriculum Framework, and the 2011 English Language Arts and Literacy Curriculum Framework.)

A goal of this priority is to help middle school mathematics and science teachers draw connections across disciplines and increase their capacity to help students apply the mathematics and science that they know to solve problems in everyday life, society, and the workplace.

Elements of the professional development program should help teachers of mathematics apply mathematical concepts to science, for example: ratios to scientific examples involving density, rates, conversions of measurement units and scales; statistical sampling to population dynamics and biodiversity; or exponents to the growth of organisms and populations. The professional development program should also help teachers of science use mathematics to teach science concepts, such as motion, forces, energy, population dynamics, and engineering design.

Additionally, the professional development program should help STEM teachers learn about and apply common STEM practices. For example, all STEM disciplines ask questions that lead to making sense of a problem and solving it; construct and communicate evidence-based arguments using data and analytical reasoning; and use models to explain natural phenomena, to develop and test explanations, and to solve real-world problems. This program should equip STEM teachers to integrate the reading and writing standards for literacy in science and technical subjects to improve student understanding and communication.

*Some of the courses developed for this program may involve science, technology/engineering and mathematics teachers together to learn about the connections of content and practices among the disciplines.
Eligibility: Eligible MMSP proposals must:
  1. be a partnership as described below and include at least ahigh-need district, a STEM department from an institution of higher education (core partners), and a local evaluator; it is strongly recommended that the institution of higher education's education department be included in this partnership in addition to, but not in place of, the STEM department faculty;
  2. address the Required Program Information; and
  3. be developed collaboratively by representatives from each partnering organization and include the local evaluator.
Core Partners
Core partner organizations share responsibility and accountability for the MMSP project. Core partners are required to provide evidence of their commitment to undergo coordinated institutional change necessary to sustain the partnership effort beyond the funding period.

Core partner organizations in each partnership must include:
  1. ahigh-need district (See Additional Information for the High-Need District List); and
  2. a STEM department from a Massachusetts institution of higher education, which can include community colleges.
Districts may submit, as a core partner, only one proposal.

Lead Partner
One of the core partner organizations serves as the lead partner and submits the MMSP proposal on behalf of the partnership. The lead partner accepts management and fiduciary responsibility for the projects. It is strongly recommended that ahigh-need districtact as the lead partner.

Required Evaluator
A local program evaluator, which can be an organization or an individual, serves as an objective collaborator with the partnership regarding issues of planning, executing, and reporting on findings from both formative and summative evaluations of the program. The evaluator should be a working member of the project team from the earliest stages of proposal development through the completion of a final cumulative report.

Additional Partners Additional partners from within Massachusetts may include:
other local educational agencies, public charter schools, public or non-public elementary schools or secondary schools, or a consortium of such schools (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.);

Additional partners from within or outside Massachusetts may include:
  1. the STEM department or education department of other institutions of higher education;
  2. non-profit or for-profit organizations with demonstrated effectiveness in improving the quality of STEM teachers; and/or
  3. business partners.
Massachusetts private schools are eligible to participate in a partnership and are to be given equitable opportunity for participation.
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 (PD) for middle school mathematics and/or science teachers, including special education teachers and teachers of English language learners. (At least 50% of the participating teachers must be fromhigh need districts.*);
  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. developing products that will aid in the transition to the new Frameworks as well as clearly draw connections across the disciplines of math and science; and disseminating these across schools and districts.
  2. creating district/school STEM documents aligned to the Frameworks and/or STEM school improvement plans;
  3. 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
  4. 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, and Engineering/Technology Framework.
Funding: Approximately $900,000 will be available for these grants in this year (FY2012). Second and third year awards are contingent upon program funding by Congress and yearly progress towards meeting the goals and objectives established for the program. The level of funding for each grant award 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 maynotbe allocated to pay for both a participant's graduate credit tuition and to provide a stipend.
  3. Funds maynotbe used for equipment (costing more than $5000 per unit), 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.
  6. Indirect costs, if charged, must be at the Department's approved rate and maynotexceed a rate of 8% for non-school districts.
  7. Administrative costs and indirect costs combined maynotexceed 20% of the total budget.
  8. Consultant fees may not exceed $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: Upon Approval - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Contact: Carol Lach
Phone Number: (781) 338-3532
Date Due: Extended to December 9, 2011 from Friday, December 2, 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 Friday, December 9, 2011 (extended from Friday, December 2, 2011).

Download Excel DocumentAll 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 (Upon Approval - 8/31/2012)
    2. Partner Contributions and Commitments
    3. Statement of Assurances
    4. Equitable Participation of Private Schools
  2. Section II - General - including:
    1. Title and Abstract
    2. Project Impact
    3. Contact Information
  3. Section III - Required Program Information - including:
    1. General Program Narrative
    2. Work Plan Including Courses and Activities
    3. Project Timeline
    4. Evaluation Plan Summary
    5. Qualifications
  4. Budget Pages - including:
    1. Project Expenditures
    2. Budget Details
    3. Cumulative Budget
A course Syllabus, including a detailed description of a 3-4 hour session, is to be submitted with the above forms.
Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  2. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  FY2012 High Needs Districts List
  3. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Definitions of Terms
  4. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Guidance for MMSP STEM Syllabus and a Sample Session
  5. Download PDF Document Download Excel Document  Scoring Rubric
  6. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  National Research Council (NRC) Key Scientific Practices: Chapter 3 adapted and reprinted with permission from A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, 2011, by the National Academy of Sciences, Courtesy of National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.
  7. View HTML Page 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (ELA and Mathematics)
  8. View HTML Page 2006 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Science and Technology/Engineering
Submission Instructions: The MMSP application package may be downloaded from the Office of Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics website. One complete copy of the Application Workbook and Syllabus; and two copies of the signed Cover Page and Partner Contributions and Commitments should be mailed to Carol Lach.
The application workbook, course syllabus, and any related documents should be submitted electronically toclach@doe.mass.eduwith "2012 MMSP Competitive 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: October 10, 2011
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