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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Special Education: Program Improvement
Fund Code: 274

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant program is to fund professional development activities that will improve the skills and capacity of educators to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities and to promote inclusive practices across all settings.
Priorities: The priorities of this grant program are designed to advance the knowledge and skills of educators working with students with disabilities through high-quality, job-embedded, and sustained professional development activities.

Five priorities have been identified by the Department for the FY2012 Fund Code: 274 Grant. Districts are directed to select at least one priority and complete the required program information.
  • Priority 1 Educator Effectiveness
  • Priority 2 Content Skill Development
  • Priority 3 Non-Academic Supports
  • Priority 4 Early Childhood Inclusive Practices
  • Priority 5 Secondary Transition
Districts may fund professional development activities that support district ARRA-IDEA Investment activities and that are aligned with one or more of the priorities of this grant program.
Eligibility: Funds will be awarded to school districts with approved program plans for special education and to educational collaboratives serving students with disabilities.
Fund Use: The following are allowable costs.
  • stipends
  • MTRS/Fringe (related to stipends only)
  • tuition costs for college/university courses
  • conference registration costs
  • supplies, materials, and books specifically for training purposes and professional development
  • printing and reproduction of training materials
  • consultant fees
  • substitutes
  • in-state travel
The following are Not allowable costs.
  • computer hardware or software, including site licenses
  • indirect costs
  • staff salaries
  • direct services or materials for students
  • out-of-state travel
Project Duration: 9/1/2011 - 8/ 31/2012
Program Unit: Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office
Contact: Helen Skulski email address:Hskulski@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3375
Date Due: A rolling submission period has been established, but the suggested due date is Friday, August 19, 2011.
Required Forms:
  1. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II - Budget Detail Pages - Special Education: Program Improvement - Budget Workbook, which includes the Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Part III - Required Program Information
    1. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Priority 1 Educator Effectiveness
    2. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Priority 2 Content Skill Development
    3. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Priority 3 Non-Academic Supports
    4. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Priority 4 Early Childhood Inclusive Practices
    5. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Priority 5 Secondary Transition
Additional Information:
  • Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Instructions for Completing the Budget Workbook
  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) Conferences - District personnel must be available to participate in Department Fund Code: 274 Grant Conferences during the grant period. The Department will provide conference information to eligible grant recipients in the fall of 2011. Districts will be required to submit final program progress reports.
Submission Instructions: Submit 2 sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director. Mail to:

Helen Skulski
Special Education Planning and Policy Development
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: August 25, 2011
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