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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Partnership Programs for Students with Disabilities - Continuation Grant
Fund Code: 235-B

Purpose:

The purpose of this state-funded continuation grant program is to implement and enhance partnerships between high schools in public school districts and partnering state public institutions of higher education (IHE) to offer inclusive concurrent enrollment opportunities for students with severe disabilities, ages 18-22, as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 71B of the General Law. This grant program must serve students who are considered to have severe disabilities in credit and non-credit courses that include non-disabled students, and, in the case of students ages 18 to 19, the program shall be limited to students with severe disabilities who have been unable to achieve the competency determination necessary to pass the Massachusetts comprehensive assessment system exam. These partnerships will result in improved systems to serve students with severe disabilities and support college and career success.

Priorities:

The partners will continue to implement model inclusive education practices and programs in IHEs for students who are considered to have severe disabilities and in the case of 18-19 years olds have been unable to achieve the Competency Determination necessary for high school graduation (by passing the MCAS exam).

  1. Design - These practices and programs must:

    • be designed to promote and enhance academic, social, functional, and competitive employment skills and other transition-related outcomes;
    • provide opportunities for the inclusion of students with severe disabilities in credit and non-credit courses with their non-disabled peers;
    • increase student participation in community-based competitive employment related directly to course selection and career goals by utilizing employment specialists and the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan;
    • promote linkages to adult agencies and organizations; and
    • promote participation in the student life of the college community.

  2. Student Outcomes - The design will promote student participation in inclusive learning opportunities in IHEs. Students will:

    • develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills;
    • participate in career planning, vocational skill-building activities, (e.g. job shadowing and time-limited internships) and community-based competitive employment opportunities; and
    • improve academic, social, functional, and other transition related skills.

  3. Sustainability Plan for the following applicants only:
    Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Wachusett Community College

    • The Partnership Leadership Team will develop a comprehensive plan which details the policies, practices and procedures related to the implementation, sustainability and ongoing evaluation of Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment.

    • The partnerships will continue to participate in technical assistance, as needed, on promising inclusive practices to further develop the skills of faculty and staff in IHEs and in public school districts. Outreach and technical assistance will be provided to family members and students in each of the partnerships.

  4. Action Plan for only Bridgewater State University
    Development of an action plan that will provide details on how the Partnership Leadership Team will:

    • meet the grant purpose, design elements, and role requirements;
    • implement the grant; and
    • sustain the practices and programs.

  5. Technical Assistance
    • Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Wachusett Community College: Providers for the required technical assistance activities will be selected by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) and the Department of Higher Education (DHE).

    • Bridgewater State University: Technical assistance will be provided to the partnership as it implements the action plan. Providers for the required technical assistance activities will be selected by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) and the Department of Higher Education (DHE).

    Additionally, the partnership must use funds to obtain mentoring services from the five continuing ICE partnerships.
Eligibility:

Proposals must be submitted by the state public institutions of higher education on behalf of the partnerships.

Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Wachusett Community College

Only proposals submitted on behalf of the partnerships funded during FY2011 will be considered for this continuation grant. Proposals may include new districts or IHE members to the partnership. See Appendix A-1 for a list of FY11 participating IHEs and LEAs.

Bridgewater State University
This proposal must:
  • maintain a partnership with two or more public school districts and Bridgewater State University.
  • be designed to serve students with severe disabilities in inclusive settings;
  • establish and formalize a Partnership Leadership Team, composed of leaders from the IHE and LEAs, and representatives from adult service agencies, employers, and family members, that will:
    • meet on a regular basis to discuss the policies, practices and procedures necessary to implement and sustain inclusive concurrent enrollment;
    • oversee the development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the participation framework in order to facilitate the transition from high school into adult life and to sustain the ICE initiative;
    • create policies, practices and procedures to facilitate ongoing inclusion of new LEAs each year of the grant program. These procedures must include details on how the parent of a student who may be appropriate for ICE should approach their LEA to request an opportunity to participate, including parents of students from LEAs that are currently not participating in the partnership.
Funding: Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Wachusett Community College
Upon Approval - 8/31/2012
  1. A total of $150,000 is available for FY2012 and Summer of FY2013, subject to state appropriation.
  2. Proposals may request up to $30,000. Any funds that are not allocated from the $150,000 may be distributed to funded partnerships after December 20, 2011.
  3. Partnerships have the opportunity to receive additional funds for mentoring activities using the state designed funding mechanism or to purchase mentoring services from approved partnerships.
Bridgewater State University
Upon Approval - 8/31/2012
  1. A total of $165,000 is available for FY2012 and Summer of FY2013, subject to state appropriation.
  2. $15,000 must be set aside for mentoring activities using the state-designed funding mechanism.
Fund Use: Funds may be used for:
  • student transportation costs (over and above pre-existing transportation fees);
  • textbooks and materials to support the student coursework and participation on the college campus;
  • fees for students*;
  • consultants (e.g., parent consultants and youth leaders);
  • stipends/salaries and fringe benefits for project personnel
  • employment specialist
  • training supplies;
  • indirect costs for school districts at the approved Department rate; and
  • indirect costs for the IHEs at the Department rate, not to exceed a maximum of 11%;
  • mentoring to support the development and implementation of the proposed model

* Please note:State-supported tuition for courses shall be waived by the Institutes of Higher Education.

Funds may not be used for:

  • assistive technology;
  • travel costs;
  • pre-existing student transportation costs;
  • equipment; and
  • tuition for courses.

Project Duration: FY2012: Upon Approval - 6/30/2012
FY2013: 7/1/2012 - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office
Contact: Amanda Green, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)
(781) 338-3368agreen@doe.mass.edu
Date Due: A rolling submission process has been established for the FY2012 ICE proposals. Proposals submitted after 12/20/2011 will not be considered.

Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   FY2012 Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   FY2013 Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  3. Download MS EXCEL Document   FY2012 Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) -Instructions
  4. Download MS EXCEL Document   FY2013 Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) -Instructions
  5. FY2012-2013 Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Grant Applications:
    • Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Wachusett Community College
    • Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Bridgewater State University
Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Appendix A-1 - Eligible Applicants (Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Wachusett Community College)
  2. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Appendix A-2 - Eligible Applicants (Bridgewater State University)
  3. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Appendix B - Evaluation Criteria Scorecard
  4. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Appendix C - Quality Indicators for the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Programs Grant
  5. Download PDF Document   Appendix D - Resource: Think College Standards, Quality Indicators & Benchmarks for Postsecondary Education Services for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  6. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Appendix E - Budget Narrative

Participation Requirements

The partnerships will participate in required technical assistance and mentoring activities on promising inclusive practices to further develop the skills of faculty and staff in IHEs and public school districts. Training and technical assistance activities may include, but are not limited to:

  1. face-to-face meetings for all participants;
  2. assistance with establishing and/or enhancing each partnership's structures for collaboration, resource mapping, and planning for sustainability;
  3. online modules (e.g., career planning, development and employment, youth development, universal course design) and threaded discussions;
  4. onsite, online, and telephone technical assistance.

Reporting Requirements

  1. At the beginning of each semester, partnerships will provide student information on course selection, credit status, and involvement in community-based, integrated employment, and the life of the school.
  2. Applicants will participate in a mid-grant conference call.
  3. At the end of each semester, partnerships will report on student outcomes related to:
    • self-determination and self-advocacy skills;
    • vocational skills;
    • competitive employment skills aligned with the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan;
    • academic, social, and functional skills; and
    • other transition-related skills.
  4. At the end of each semester, partnerships will provide a summary of expenditures.

NOTE: This grant program crosses two state fiscal years (FY2012 and FY2013) and requires that each partnership submit two Part I - Standard Contract Forms and two Part II - Budget Detail Pages. The first set (FY2012) will be for grant activities implemented between the award of funds and June 30, 2012. The second set (FY2013) should reflect dates and costs associated with grant activities implemented between July 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012.

Submission Instructions:

Submit:

  • one (1) electronic copy by email and
  • three (3) hard-copy sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director/IHE President.

Mail to:
Amanda Green
MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906



Last Updated: November 8, 2011
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