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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

RTTT- STEM Early College High Schools
Fund Code: 208

Purpose: The purpose of this continuation grant program is to support the planning and/or implementation of the six Early College High Schools focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that link secondary education with postsecondary educational opportunities for underrepresented students.
Priorities:
  • Develop a plan for a STEM Early College High School (ECHS) as either a program within an existing high school or a new high school.
  • Develop a sequence of courses that students will complete that includes a minimum of 12 college credits and up to 30 college credits or more with an emphasis on STEM courses.
  • Develop a strong partnership with an institution of higher education.
  • Provide a description of the target population, including first generation college going students, along with a strategy for recruiting and retaining students in the program.
  • Develop an implementation plan with district and higher education partners to sustain financial support for the school.
  • Develop partnerships with other districts, businesses, workforce development and community-based organizations to support a comprehensive STEM ECHS career pathway design.
Eligibility: State Race to the Top (RTTT) funds will be made available through continuation grants to support planning and/or implementation for the six districts awarded competitive funds in FY2011. Applicants must successfully respond to all questions in Part III in order to receive continuation funds for FY2012. The eligible districts for FY2012 funds include: Boston Public Schools, Marlborough Public Schools, Quaboag Regional School District, Randolph Public Schools, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School, and Worcester Public Schools.
Funding: The STEM Early College High Schools initiative will be funded from Massachusetts' Race to the Top (RTTT) award. $720,000 is available for the initiative over a four year period. Eligible districts may apply for up to $120,000 over a four year period. The maximum available for year 2 is $40,000 per district.
Fund Use: Costs associated with planning for and/or implementation of an Early College High School, such as staff salaries and benefits, consultants, specialists, instructors, speakers, substitutes, supplies and materials, and travel. Funds awarded will cover up to 20% of planning and implementation costs.
Project Duration: 9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012
This is year 2. Year 3-4 funding will be contingent on meeting year 2 objectives.
Program Unit: Office of College and Career Readiness
Contact: Nyal Fuentes - email address:nfuentes@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3593
Date Due: Friday, August 19, 2011.

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due in order to be approved by 9/1/2011.
Required Forms:
  1. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II - Budget Workbook (emailed tonfuentes@doe.mass.edu), which includes the Part I - Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants.
  2. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Part III - Required Program Information
  3. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from an institution(s) of higher education (IHE) is required. The IHE MOU must include: 1) a commitment to partner with the district(s); and 2) a description of the IHE's involvement with and articulation agreements between the district(s) and IHE.
Additional Information: Letters of intent to participate in the development and implementation of the STEM ECHS from community-based organizations, businesses, local workforce investment boards, and other relevant partners.
Submission Instructions: Submit 2 sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:
Nyal Fuentes
Office of College and Career Readiness
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: July 25, 2011
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