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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Technology Enhancement Continuation Grant
Fund Code: 170-A

Purpose: The purpose of this federal continuation grant program is to encourage participating school districts to plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of their projects in order to:
  1. improve student academic achievement through the use of technology;
  2. assist every student - regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, income, geographical location, or disability - in becoming technologically literate;
  3. provide professional development that uses research-based instructional strategies to integrate technology effectively into instruction; and
  4. implement technology integration into classroom teaching.
  1. Only school districts that received Technology Enhancement Competitive Grants in FY2011 (Fund Code: 170) may apply for continuation grants in FY2012.
    Belchertown Public Schools
    Boston Public Schools
    Falmouth Public Schools
    Gateway Regional School District
    Haverhill Public Schools
    Leominster Public Schools
    Lower Pioneer Valley Education Collaborative
    Methuen Public Schools
    Salem Public Schools
    Wareham Public Schools
    Westfield Public Schools

    Use Schedule C (Statement of Participation and Support) for partnership with other school districts.

  2. To be eligible for funding, all participating school districts must have received a letter approving the implementation of their 2011-2012 technology plans. The proposed project activities should align with the district's technology plan.

  3. Appropriate school districts must continue to engage in timely and meaningful consultation with appropriate private school officials and continue the consultation throughout the implementation of their projects.
Funding: The Department will work with each grant recipient for the maximum amount of grant funds for Year 2. A grant recipient may add the unexpended and not drawn down Year 1 funds to Year 2 funding. If a grant recipient has drawn down all the funding in Year 1, the grant recipient may amend up the Year 2 grant after a final budget report has been submitted to the Department and the unexpended amount has been returned.
Fund Use:
  1. Funds received shall be used to supplement, not supplant, state and/or local funds that would otherwise be used for the proposed activities.
  2. At least 25 percent of the grant funds must be used for ongoing high-quality professional development. Acceptable expenditures may include: payment for consultants; teacher substitutes; stipends; and materials for professional development. Although the following are acceptable expenditures, they may not be included as items identified for professional development: project coordination; purchase of hardware and software; program evaluation; dissemination; etc. Grant funds may not be used for space rental or food.
  3. All budgets and budget descriptions must be aligned with the activities described in the proposal narrative and reflect any coordinated use of funds from other funding resources.
  4. At least 10 percent of grant funds must be set aside by each project for the Department's sponsored formative and summative evaluation.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Office of Instructional Technology
Contact: Ebonique
Phone Number: (781) 338-6866
Date Due: Friday, September 2, 2011.
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) -Instructions
  3. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Statement of Assurances
  5. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) Form
  6. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD Document  Schedule C - Statement of Participation and Support (if appropriate)
Additional Information: When developing proposals for this program, districts should refer to the following resources:
  1. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Directions on Security Portal Access and Uploading of Files
  2. Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations, April 2008
  3. View HTML Page Technology Self-Assessment Tool
  4. Recommended Criteria for Evaluating Instructional Technology Materials
  5. Massachusetts Recommended Criteria for Distance Learning Courses
  6. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD Document Assistive Technology and Accessible Instructional Materials
Submission Instructions:
  1. A. Submission of Part I:
    Submit Part I General Program Unit Signature Page, the Statement of Assurances, CIPA Form, and Schedule C (if appropriate) with original signatures of the Superintendent or Executive Director.

    Mail to:
    Ebonique Faria
    Instructional Technology
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906

    These documents must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2011.

  2. Submission of Part II and Part III
    The Part II - Budget Detail Pages and Part III - Required Program Information must be submitted by uploading the files to the Department's Security Portal. (For directions on Security Portal access and uploading of files, see the link in Additional Information above.) All files must be uploaded by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2011.

Last Updated: August 18, 2011
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