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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Race To The Top: Early Adopter Educator Evaluation Initiative
Fund Code: 210

Purpose: The Educator Evaluation Early Adopter Initiative will be funded by Massachusetts' Race to the Top (RTTT) award, and will be awarded to up to eleven Early Adopter districts that were approved to participate in the Educator Evaluation Early Adopter pilot initiative in the summer of 2011.

The Educator Evaluation Early Adopter Initiative is aligned with the goals of Massachusetts' RTTT plan, specifically increasing educator effectiveness.

The purpose of the Educator Evaluation Early Adopter Initiative is to pilot implementation of the new Educator Evaluation regulations passed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on June 28, 2011. Early Adopter school districts are implementing the Educator Evaluation Framework during the 2011-2012 school year, earlier then when the districts are required to implement the Educator Evaluation framework.
Priorities: Early Adopter districts are sharing knowledge, tools, feedback, and experience from their early implementation of educator evaluation regulations to inform the development of the Massachusetts Model System for Educator Evaluation and additional supports for districts. The Early Adopter districts convene webinars on piloted practices and technology that informs the Educator Evaluation Framework. The purpose of this grant is to support the initial implementation and adoption of the new educator evaluation regulations in the Early Adopter school districts.

Early Adopter school districts may spend these funds on the district's expenses needed to implement the Educator Evaluation regulations including:
  • Professional development
  • Assessing and revising human resources processes such as transitional evaluation assignment plans
  • Assessing technology needs and piloting potential tools
  • Developing plans, strategies, and tools to implement the educator evaluation framework
  • Developing strategies and best practices to share and inform ESE's and Massachusetts school districts' implementation of the Educator Evaluation Framework and the supports provided to school districts.
Eligibility: Qualifying districts must meet the following criteria:
  • Be one of the eleven Early Adopter school districts that ESE approved in summer of 2011 to participate in the Educator Evaluation Early Adopter pilot initiative for the 2011-2012 school year.
    • Educator Evaluation Early Adopter Districts include: Ashland, Attleboro, Everett, Franklin, Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational, Mashpee, Reading, Revere, Wachusett, Wareham, and Whitman-Hanson.
  • Provide evidence of the district's implementation of the new Educator Evaluation Regulations in their school districts during the 2011-2012 school year
Funding: The total amount awarded will depend on the quality of the proposals received, as well as the contributions the districts have made and propose to make as part of the Educator Evaluation Early Adopter Initiative.

Each Early Adopter school district may seek a grant up to $10,000 per district for the 2011-2012 school year. Districts that successfully execute the work outlined in this proposal may be eligible for continuation funding in the 2012-2013 school year.
Fund Use: A school district may use grant funds for educator evaluation implementation training and expenses listed in priorities section above from grant approval until August 31, 2012.
Project Duration: Districts have the option to apply for an FY12 grant with project duration from approval until August 31, 2012. Or districts may choose to apply for an FY13 grant with project duration from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
Program Unit: Educator Policy, Preparation, and Leadership
Contact: Kerry Callahan email address: kcallahan@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3251
Date Due: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals will be accepted until Friday May 18, 2012.
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
Submission Instructions: Submit five (5) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:

Kerry Callahan
Educator Policy, Preparation and Leadership
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: April 19, 2012
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