Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012
Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Summer 2012
Fund Code: 235B
The purpose of this state funded grant program is to give students aged 18 through 21, who are considered to have severe disabilities, the opportunity to enroll in credit and non-credit courses in state public institutions of higher education (IHEs)that include non-disabled students and, in the case of students ages 18 to 19, is limited to students with severe disabilities who have been unable to achieve the competency determination necessary to receive a high school diploma.
Two priorities have been identified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). Districts are directed to select either one or both of the priorities and to complete the required program information.
- Secondary Transition Summer 2012
Student Outcomes. School districts, in cooperation with state public institutions of higher education, will arrange for students with severe disabilities to participate in credit or non-credit courses on IHE campuses as one means of providing opportunities to support post school goals and interests related to employment, post-secondary education, and/or independent living:
- Students must be enrolled in courses that promote and enhance their academic, social, functional, competitive employment skills, and/or other transition-related goals, consistent with the IEP;
- Courses must provide opportunities for the inclusion of students with severe disabilities in courses with their non-disabled peers;
- The grant also supports activities that promote participation in the student life of the college community and in competitive employment related to career goals and course selection.
- Secondary Transition Planning Opportunity. A school district or a state public institution of higher education shall identify a team of people, including representatives from at least one IHE and possibly more than one school district, and the district special education parent advisory council(SEPAC), who are interested in working together to plan for the development of an ongoing partnership to provide inclusive concurrent enrollment options.
School districts currently participating in an active ICE partnership program are not eligible to participate in this grant opportunity.
All proposals must identify participation in Priority 1 and/or Priority 2 (above).
- Proposals identifying Priority 1 must:
- Identify specific student(s) with severe disabilities and specific courses for which these students will be enrolled in the IHE summer term.
- Show agreement on the part of the identified IHE to allow the student(s) to participate in specific courses.
- Identify the supports and services that will be provided to each identified student, or on behalf of the student, including training and technical assistance to be provided to faculty, educational coaches, and other staff to enable the student(s) to participate in the course at the IHE.
- Provide procedures for notifying parents about the opportunity for their children to participate in this grant and procedures to follow on behalf of their children.
- Describe how the student's experience will be evaluated and feedback received from the student and/or his or her family regarding participation in inclusive courses at an IHE. Such evaluation information will be a deliverable to be provided to ESE upon conclusion of this grant program.
- Proposals identifying Priority 2 must:
- Identify a team of people, including representation from at least one IHE, one school district, and the special education parent advisory council (SEPAC). The team may include people from more than one district or school.
- Identify the specific activities in which the team will engage to develop an ongoing partnership that will be sustainable and build support necessary to develop and implement inclusive concurrent enrollment options in the future. Appendix A is provided as a resource and offers detailed information on designing successful inclusive concurrent enrollment programs.
- Include use of technical assistance and mentoring to support the planning efforts.
- Include a month-by-month plan of activities and discussions in which the planning team will engage. Activities and discussions should begin no later than time of grant approval and conclude no later than August 31, 2012.
- Agree to provide the products of such deliberations (including a summary of the team's deliberations, a needs assessment and a plan summarizing next steps necessary to solidify support and implement inclusive concurrent enrollment options) to ESE upon conclusion of this grant program.
Districts must apply for either FY2013 funding only (July 1st - August 31st), or for both FY2012 (upon approval - June 30th) & FY2013 funding (July 1st - August 31st).
A total of $100,000 is available. This is a competitive grant program.
Districts may request up to $10,000 for Priority 1 activities and supports. Additional points will be given to grant applications providing supports for more than one student.
Districts may request up to $5,000 for Priority 2 activities.
|Fund Use: ||
For Priority 1, funds may be used for:
For Priority 2, funds may be used for:
- tuition for courses;
- student transportation costs to and from IHE campuses (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);
- employment specialist services;
- stipends for student supportive personnel;
- mentoring services from existing ICE partnerships and/or technical assistance to support the student's participation;
- training supplies;
- indirect costs for school districts at the approved Department rate.
For either Priority 1 or 2, funds may not be used for:
- consultants (e.g., parent consultants and youth leaders);
- stipends for team members participation outside of regular schedules;
- mentoring services and/or technical assistance from existing ICE partnerships;
- in-state travel costs;
- indirect costs for school districts at the Department rate.
- assistive technology;
- pre-existing student transportation costs;
- salaries or fringe benefits (excepting stipends) for personnel
|Project Duration: ||FY2012: Upon Approval - 6/30/2012|
If applying for both FY2012 and FY2013 funds, two budget pages are required identifying costs occurring during FY2012 & FY2013.
|Program Unit: ||Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office|
Amanda Green, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)|
|Date Due: ||
For FY2012 & FY2013 Funding: Proposal submission deadline is 4/30/2012.|
For FY2013 Funding ONLY: Proposal submission deadline is 6/1/2012.
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
|Required Forms: ||
- FY2012 Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
- FY2013 Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
- FY2012 Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) -Instructions
- FY2013 Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) -Instructions
- Required Program Information
Note:Districts choosing to apply for both FY2012 and FY2013 funding should be aware that this grant program crosses two state fiscal years (FY2012 and FY2013) and requires that the district 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: ||
- Appendix A - Quality Indicators for the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Partnership Programs
- Appendix B - Budget Narrative Worksheet
- Appendix C - Evaluation Criteria Scorecard
The ESE may offer technical assistance opportunities on promising inclusive practices to further develop the skills of faculty and staff in IHEs and in public school districts.
- The District receiving funds under Priority 1 must provide a written report on the student's experience. Such evaluation information will be a deliverable to be provided to ESE upon conclusion of this grant program.
- The District receiving funds under Priority 2 must provide a summary of the team's deliberations, needs assessments, and a plan to address the needs based on the deliberations.
|Submission Instructions: ||
- one (1) electronic copy by email to Amanda Green at firstname.lastname@example.org and
- three (3) hard-copy sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent.
Special Education Planning & Policy
MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906