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
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.
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:
and also include the following school and district system of support:
- 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
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 and governance
- student support
- financial and asset management
- human resources and professional development
- family engagement
- curriculum, instruction, and assessment
* Leadership teams must include a mix of public school general and special educators, community-based representatives, and parents.
See Appendix A - List of Eligible Districts|
Districts may apply on behalf of no more than three schools. Awards will be based upon the size of the individual schools.
|Number of students||Allocation|
|Fund Use: ||
Funds may be used for
Funds may not be used for
- Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System (MTRS) (related to stipends only)
- Professional development and training
- Travel and mileage
- Materials and supplies for teachers
- Interventions and supplemental materials
- Materials for students
- 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: ||
- Instructions for Submitting a Grant Proposal
- Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
- Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
- Part III - Required Program Information
- District and School Level Application
- Assurance Statement
|Additional Information: ||
Appendix A: List of Eligible Districts
Appendix B: Self-Assessment: Developing a Tiered System of Support
Appendix C: Self-Assessment Instructions
Additional Grant Related Resources
- Costs associated with attending the Northeast PBIS Leadership Forum
- Costs associated with attending the Universal Design for Learning: Reaching All Learners course at Harvard University
- 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.
Office of Tiered System of Supports
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906