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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

District and School Planning: Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS): An Integrated Academic and Non-Academic System
Fund Code: 250/257/324

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant opportunity is to support the development of district and school strategic action plans focused on establishing, enhancing, and aligning an academic and non-academic tiered system of support.

Massachusetts has developed a blueprint outlining a single system of support that is responsive to the academic and non-academic needs of all students. This blueprint, the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS), provides a framework for school improvement that focuses on system level change across the classroom, school, and district to meet the academic and non-academic needs of all students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and students who are academically advanced. It guides both the provision of high-quality core educational experiences in a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and academic and/or non-academic targeted interventions/supports for students who experience difficulties and for students who have already demonstrated mastery of the concept and skills being taught.

Schools and districts are encouraged to work toward an integrated approach to support students' academic and social-emotional competencies. All students receive academic instruction and behavioral supports that include differentiation and extension activities and are guided by the three Universal Design for Learning principles (multiple means of representation, multiple means of action and expressions, and multiple means of engagement).

Developing this system of support may represent a significant organizational change for districts and schools-one that affects the entire school system and requires a long-term change process (of three or more years). Adhering to the model as a vehicle for delivering instruction/non-academic supports and maximizing resources (personnel and fiscal) is instrumental to the success of the tiered system of support.
Priorities: The priorities of this grant are to assemble district and school level leadership teams* to develop a strategic action plan, aligned with the MTSS blueprint, with a focus on establishing, enhancing, and aligning an academic and non-academic system of support.

Participating districts will work toward an integrated approach to support students' academic and social-emotional competencies and ensure that the district and schools develop effective working relationships with families and appropriate community partners and providers in order to support students' academic progress and social and emotional well-being.

This grant will support only proposals that include the following components:
  • flexible tiers of instruction and intervention
  • high-quality core curriculum and instruction implemented with fidelity
  • school-wide behavioral/social rules, supports, expectations
  • research-based interventions and assessment practices
  • universal screening and progress-monitoring
  • collaborative school/family problem solving
and also include the following school and district system of support:
  • leadership and governance
  • student support
  • financial and asset management
  • human resources and professional development
  • family engagement
  • curriculum, instruction, and assessment
The school and district system of support aligns with the District Standards and Indicators and provides the structure needed to develop the policies, practices, and procedures to successfully implement MTSS.

* Leadership teams must include a mix of public school general and special educators, community-based representatives, and parents.
Eligibility: See Appendix A - List of Eligible Districts
Funding: Districts may apply on behalf of no more than three schools. Awards will be based upon the size of the individual schools.
Number of studentsAllocation
100$6,000
200$8,000
400$10,000
800$12,000
1000+$15,000
Fund Use: Funds may be used for
  • Stipends
  • Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System (MTRS) (related to stipends only)
  • Professional development and training
  • Travel and mileage
  • Substitutes
  • Materials and supplies for teachers
  • Interventions and supplemental materials
Funds may not be used for
  • Materials for students
  • Salaries
  • Direct Services
  • Fringe benefits
  • Indirect costs
Project Duration: Upon approval - 8/31/12
Program Unit: Office of Tiered System of Supports
Contact: Shawn Connelly/Lauren Viviani
Phone Number: (781) 338-3380
Date Due: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Proposals will be accepted on a rolling submission but must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Instructions for Submitting a Grant Proposal
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  3. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  4. Part III - Required Program Information
    1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD DocumentDistrict and School Level Application
    2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD DocumentAssurance Statement
Additional Information: Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Appendix A: List of Eligible Districts

Download MS EXCEL file  Appendix B: Self-Assessment: Developing a Tiered System of Support

Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Appendix C: Self-Assessment Instructions

Additional Grant Related Resources
  • View External Link Costs associated with attending the Northeast PBIS Leadership Forum
  • View External Link Costs associated with attending the Universal Design for Learning: Reaching All Learners course at Harvard University
  • View External Link Costs associated with attending the Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Addressing the Variability of All Learners Institute
Submission Instructions: Submit two (2) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:

Lisa Hanafin
Office of Tiered System of Supports
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: March 28, 2012
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