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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

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

Purpose:

The purpose of this state-funded competitive grant program is to plan and develop new partnerships between high schools in public school districts and state public institutions of higher education (IHE) to offer inclusive concurrent enrollment opportunities for students with severe disabilities as defined in section 1 of chapter 71B of the General Laws between the ages of 18 and 22, inclusive; 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, 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 plan and develop model inclusive education practices and programs in IHEs for students, ages 18-22, who are considered to have severe disabilities and, in the case of 18-19 year olds, have been unable to achieve the competency determination necessary for high school graduation.

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

Technical assistance will be provided to the new partnerships as they develop the action plan and program. Additionally, new partnerships will use allocated funds to obtain mentoring services from existing ICE partnerships.

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).

Eligibility:
  1. All proposals must:
    • present a partnership between two or more public school districts and a two-year or four-year state public institution of higher education (IHE);
    • 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.
    • In an effort to ensure sustainability, high quality proposals from partnerships with multiple districts will be given priority over proposals from partnerships with fewer districts.
  2. The proposal must be submitted by the state public institution of higher education on behalf of the partnership.
  3. IHEs that participated in the FY2011 Fund Code: 235-A continuation grant program are not eligible to participate in this planning grant program
Funding: Upon Approval - 8/31/2012
  1. A total of $60,000 is available, subject to state appropriation. Partnerships may request up to $30,000. Applications will be reviewed and funded based upon the quality of programs proposed. $5,000 must be set aside for mentoring activities using the state-designed funding mechanism.
  2. Proposals with an in-kind contribution will be given priority.
Fund Use: For planning activities funds may be used for:
  • consultants (e.g., parent consultants and youth leaders);
  • stipends/salaries and fringe benefits for project personnel;
  • mentoring and technical assistance to support the development of the proposed model;
  • training supplies, including site costs;
  • in-state travel costs;
  • indirect costs for school districts at the Department rate; and
  • indirect costs for the IHEs at the approved Department rate not to exceed a maximum of 11%.
For partnerships that are proposing to enroll students in programming, funds may be also 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;
  • mentoring and technical assistance to support the development and implementation of the proposed model;
  • 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%.

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

Funds may not be used at any time for:
  • assistive technology;
  • pre-existing student transportation costs;
  • equipment;
  • 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 March 6, 2012 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. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   FY2012-2013 Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Grant Application

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.

Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Appendix A - Evaluation Scorecard
  2. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Appendix B - Quality Indicators for the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Programs Grant
  3. Download PDF Document   Appendix C - Resource: Think College Standards, Quality Indicators & Benchmarks for Postsecondary Education Services for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  4. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document   Appendix D - Budget Narrative Worksheet

The partnerships will participate in two required technical assistance and mentoring opportunities on promising inclusive practices to further develop the skills of faculty and staff in IHEs and in public school districts.

Partnerships will be required to participate in a mid-grant conference call with the Department to provide planning status updates.

Reporting Requirements

  1. Partnerships that are enrolling students in fall 2012 are required to submit to the Department at the end of the grant period a report that details expenditures during the planning year;
  2. Partnerships that are enrolling students in summer 2012 are required to submit to the Department at the end of the grant period a report that details expenditures for both planning and implementation during the planning year.

Additionally, partnerships will be required to report on student participation related to their academic, social, functional, employment, and other transition related skills.

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: February 7, 2012
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